The Twentieth Century

Canada|2019 |90min |Korean Premiere |

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Program Note

An aspiring young politician dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada and passes through numerous rigorous obstacles including his imperious mother, the war-mongering politicians and the utopian idealism of Québec, culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, along with ultimate survival in the 20th century.

In his feature-debut The Twentieth Century, Matthew Rankin employs Monty Pythonesque absurdities to unfold the bizarre tale of William Lyon Mackenzie King, an early 20th century prime minister of Canada, and his self-construction. Such process consists of peculiar challenges, including eating butter and killing baby seals with a bat. These actions may seem confusing, especially with the director using analog photography (super-8 and super-16 films) and expressionistic sets per Fritz Lang's Metropolis. This is an atypical film rearranging both the film and political history and creating something completely new in the process. (Jongsuk Thomas NAM).


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Matthew RANKIN

Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Matthew Rankin studied Québec history at McGill University and Université Laval and is the director of thirty short films. His work has screened at Cannes Critics Week, Sundance, Rotterdam, and received awards at SXSW and TIFF.


Producer Gabrielle Tougas-Frechette, Menaic Raoul
Screenplay Matthew Rankin
Cinematographer Vincent Biron
Editor Matthew Rankin, Adrian Replanski
Sound Lynne Trepanier
Music Peter Venne, Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux
Production Design Dany Boivin
Cast Dan Beirne, Mikhaïl Ahooja, Catherine St-Laurent
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