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The trailer for the Canadian historical fantasy “THE TWENTIETH CENTURY” is truly bizarre

Friday, October 30, 2020 | News

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.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.