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DGC@Home: THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (Available Virtually Nov. 27)

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DGC@Home: The Twentieth Century

Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne) dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. But his romantic vacillation between a British soldier and a French nurse, exacerbated by a fetishistic obsession, may well bring about his downfall. 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 one, final test of leadership. Culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, King learns that disappointment may be the defining characteristic of the twentieth century!

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Critic Quotes:

“At a time when normalcy has routinely backflipped into a pool of insanity, The Twentieth Century makes perfectly perverse sense.” – RogerEbert.com

“Rankin has given a rare, precious gift to fringe-trawlers starved for the next worthy cult film, its sick salaciousness supported by substance.” – The AV Club

“An exuberant feat of visual design, it’s meticulously weird and full of rambunctious humor.” – The New York Times

“The Winnipeg filmmaker’s crafty, nightmarish and Dadaist revision of William Lyon Mackenzie King’s formative years completely skewers Canadian political mythology and the gendered, classist and colonial tenets it’s based on.” – NOW Toronto

“The Twentieth Century perfectly captures the spirit of the bizarre, embraces it, and thus creates a film that you’ll likely never forget.” – THN

Runtime:  90 min

Year: 2020

Rating: UR / *Avant-garde and Experimental*

Director: Matthew Rankin

Country: Canada

Languages: English

 

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