See the trailer

QUéBEC, Canada | 90 minutes | 2019

On the cusp of the 20th century, a young William Lyon Mackenzie King negotiates the obstacles strewn in his path on the way to becoming prime minister of his beloved Canada. Then there’s the private life of the statesman, dominated by a rabid cross-dressing mother and torn romantically between a kindly Quebec nurse and a female British soldier with heroic ambitions. Not to mention some quirky little fetishes… After his acclaimed Mynarski Death Spiral (2014) and The Tesla World Light Project (2017), Winnipeg-born Montrealer Matthew Rankin concocts a first feature where warped patriotism is cloaked in irresistible dialogue and visuals.
Q&A with the cast and crew on October 13th and 17th

The film will be presented in its original version with French subtitles on October 13th and in its original version with English subtitles on October 17th.

"If Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Anna Biller, Guy Maddin and Bette Davis’s Baby Jane wig raised a child together, it would be this movie. Shot on grainy 16mm and full of minimalist sets and lovingly detailed props that reimagine Toronto as a deco-fascistic Edwardian figure skating special, The Twentieth Century is an absorbing visual delight from start to finish." NOW Toronto

Don't miss the discussion Matthew Rankin, the success of singularity on October 16th.

Prix de la diffusion - Festival du nouveau cinéma

Best Canadian First Feature Film - Toronto Film Festival


Sunday October 13, 2019

Program #84
Cinéma Impérial

Thursday October 17, 2019

Program #199
Cineplex Odeon Quartier SALLE 14

Matthew Rankin

No biography

distribution and credits

  • Screenplay Matthew Rankin
  • Producer Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette, Ménaïc Raoul
  • Cast Dan Beirne, Sarianne Cormier, Catherine St-Laurent

recommended movies



O.V. French | st French

Montreal is snowed under. While the downtown cranes dance their hypnotic ballet, two strangers meet randomly in an unfinished apartment. Their chance...

QUéBEC, CANADA | 132 minutes | 2019



O.V. French | st English

His monumental sculptures, often constructed as public performance, paved the way for contemporary art in Quebec. Born in 1929, Armand Vaillancourt is a...

QUéBEC, CANADA | 80 minutes | 2019



O.V. English | st English

Something strange is happening around the Red Crow Mi’gMaq reserve: dead fish start coming back to life, followed shortly by dead humans. All too soon,...

QUéBEC, CANADA | 96 minutes | 2019

x Close

Our newsletter

Stay connected

Sign-up for our newsletter to get all the latest Festival news!

Please fill this field Invalid first name
Please fill this field Invalid last name
Please fill this field Invalid email
Send You'll receive an email soon to confirm your subscription to our newsletter You are already subscribed to the newsletter

To learn more about our privacy policy, click here