Director: Clement Virto | 89-mins. | Canada | 1995 | Drama/Crime | TRAILER With Canada’s 150 this year, EIFF is proud to introduce new programming that highlights classics of Canadian cinema.
Director: Clement Virto | 89-mins. | Canada | 1995 | Drama/Crime | TRAILER
With Canada’s 150 this year, EIFF is proud to introduce new programming that highlights classics of Canadian cinema. These FREE! screenings hope to reintroduce select films from the zeitgeist of Canadian independent cinema with renewed presentation, understanding and appreciation. The Technicolour labs located in Toronto and Montreal have restored these films into a new digital form sourced from archival film prints. The 3 film titles are: I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING, PICTURE OF LIGHT and RUDE.
Bracingly gritty and alluringly stylized, Clement Virgo’s groundbreaking feature debut provides the sort of incisive ensemble portrait of diverse urban experience that remains too rare in Canadian cinema. Composed of interwoven narratives unfolding within Toronto’s Black community over an Easter weekend, Rude surveys the brutal challenges of the marginalized while hinting at the possibility of resurrection.
Fresh out of prison, The General (Maurice Dean Wint) struggles to be a father to his son and a husband to his wife, Jessica (Melanie Nicholls-King), who now works as a police officer cracking down on The General’s drug-dealing former associates. Window dresser Maxine (Rachel Crawford) uses drugs to ward off despair after having terminated both her pregnancy and a relationship with a disrespectful lover. Jordan (Richard Chevolleau) is an aspiring boxer growing increasingly uneasy with his friends’ thievery and homophobic violence. These stories are infused with the lyrical narration of a pirate radio disc jockey (Sharon Lewis) who speaks with arresting frankness about race and gender.
A landmark of African Canadian cinema, Rude had its world premiere in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and went on to be nominated for eight Genie Awards. Employing noirish shadows and prowling camera movement, the film is both politically outspoken and visually intoxicating — and in its fearless examination of Black male sexuality, RUDE anticipates more recent social dramas such as MOONLIGHT.
Age appropriate for: 18+ (Coarse language, violence)
Print source: TIFF Film Circuit
(Tuesday) 7:00 pm
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