Maison 4:3 and Voyelles Films are pleased to announce the theatrical release of The Twentieth Century, a satirical comedy in a delirious form written and directed by Matthew Rankin, and produced by Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette and Ménaïc Raoul. The film will open in theatres on December 20 at Cinéma du Parc and at Cinéma Moderne (Montreal), and on January 10 at Cinéma Le Clap (Quebec City).
The Twentieth Century has been selected in more than twenty festivals this autumn. The winner of the Best Canadian Feature award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the award for Most Promising Feature Film at the Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), the film recently won the Grand Prize of the international competition at the Los Cabos International Film Festival, in Mexico.
The Twentieth Century transports us to Toronto, in 1899, where aspiring young politician William Lyon Mackenzie King dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. In his quest for power, King must meet the expectations of his imperious Mother, the hawkish fantasies of a warmongering Governor General, and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic before facing the final test of leadership. Culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, King learns that disappointment may be the only way to survive the 20th century. The film stars Dan Beirne, Sarianne Cormier, Catherine St-Laurent, Mikhaïl Ahooja, Seán Cullen, Brent Skagford, Trevor Anderson, Richard Jutras, Louis Negin, Kee Chan, Emmanuel Schwartz, Satine Scarlett Montaz, Annie St-Pierre, Martin Dubreuil and Marie Brassard.
TRAILER #1 (English): vimeo.com/358401897
About filmmaker Matthew Rankin
Matthew Rankin was born in Winnipeg. He studied Quebec history at McGill University and Université Laval. He’s the director of thirty short films (The Tesla World Light, Mynarski Death Plummet, Tabula Rasa). His work has screened at Cannes Critics’ Week, Sundance, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, and Toronto International Film Festival and received awards at SXSW, TIFF, and the Annecy International Animation Festival. The Twentieth Century is his feature film debut.
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Feature film written and directed by Matthew Rankin
Quebec, Canada / 90 minutes / 2019 / Original version in English and French – with English or French subtitles
Cinematography: Vincent Biron | Sound: Lynne Trépanier, Sacha Ratcliffe, Bernard Gariépy Strobl | Editing: Matthew Rankin | Artistic direction: Dany Boivin | Music: Peter Venne and Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux | Costumes: Patricia McNeil | Producers: Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette, Ménaïc Raoul | Production: Voyelles Films | Distribution (Canada): Maison 4:3