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The Twentieth Century - ends 12/17

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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!

"A compelling pastiche of German Expressionism and disturbing midnight madness situations." Variety

"Both a throwback to an MGM weepie… and a colorized acid trip through historic hell." The Hollywood Reporter

"Possibly the craziest and most unique biopic ever made!" SlashFilm

"You will never see another film like it." Eye For Film

"An exuberant feat of visual design, it's meticulously weird and full of rambunctious humor." New York Times

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    Matthew Rankin