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With aesthetics and storytelling taking direct inspirations from fellow Canadian director Guy Maddin, German expressionism and wartime propaganda films, this debut feature comes from Matthew Rankin whose previous works have premiered at Cannes' Critics’ Week, Sundance, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand and has won awards at SXSW, TIFF and Annecy. The surreal satire The Twentieth Century saw similar reception, winning multiple awards at TIFF, Berlinale, among others and is now showing on Spamflix.
Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne, "Fargo", "Ginny & Georgia") dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. 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 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.