|Stories We Tell, Incendies, Mommy, and Barney's Version are some of Canada's best films.|
The changes in Canadian film aren’t just practical in terms of greater reach and clout thanks to TIFF’s rising status and our growing success at the Oscars. (Three out of five years this decade is impressive!) Canadian films are showing a better grasp of the perceived borders between local and global character, and a better balance of artistic and commercial appeal. From the grand scope of Incendies to the powerful intimacy of Stories We Tell, the Canadian films that define this decade for the better offer a range of inspiration for the filmmakers to come. Recent Canadian films also seem to be ahead of the field with more female directors getting credits, for three of the films on this list credit a female director. Half the films here are headlined by a female lead, while the others share a much better balance of gender roles than one sees in Hollywood. We’re also making decent headway in terms of diversity onscreen, although there's still a ways to go. Recent projects like Clement Virgo’s hit miniseries The Book of Negroes, however, should hopefully change that.
What Canadian films define the decade for you?
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