By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Check out the preview for this one-of-a-kind genre-blender, which releases next month.
Oscilloscope Laboratories brings THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, written, directed and edited by Matthew Rankin, to virtual cinemas November 20. Winner of the Best Canadian First Feature Film Award at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, and based on real events (though you might not believe that as you watch the trailer), it stars Daniel Beirne, Sarianne Cormier, Mikhaïl Ahooja, Catherine St. Laurent, Sean Cullen and Trevor Anderson. The synopsis: “Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King [Beirne] dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. But his romantic vacillation between a British soldier and a French nurse, exacerbated by a fetishistic obsession, may well bring about his downfall. In his quest for power, King must gratify the expectations of his imperious Mother, the hawkish fantasies of a war-mongering Governor-General, and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic before facing one, final test of leadership. Culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, King learns that disappointment may be the defining characteristic of the 20th century!” For info on where to catch the movie, head over to its official website.