2019 - Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn’s The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
This Indigenous feature drama is a Canada-Norway coproduction that made big waves on the festival circuit, earning the Grand Prix Focus Quebec/Canada at the Festival du nouveau cinéma. It also earned an honourable mention for Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was chosen for TIFF’s Canada’s Top 10! Audiences in the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand can catch it on Netflix.
2018 - Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project
Funded through the Eurimages fund (the cultural support fund of the Council of Europe, of which Canada is a member), this Canada-Belgium coproduction from Oscar-nominated Canadian filmmaker Kim Nguyen (starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, and Salma Hayek) sold in more than 25 countries around the world.
2017 - Norah Twomey’s The Breadwinner
With Angelina Jolie as Executive Producer, this Canada-Ireland-Luxemburg coproduction made it to the Oscars (nominated for Best Animated Feature) and the Golden Globes (nominated for Best Animated Feature Film). Canadian talents include author Deborah Ellis (who wrote the book on which the script was based), screenwriter Anita Doron, producer Andrew Rosen, and some of the cast. The Breadwinner’s awards include three top prizes at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and four Canadian Screen Awards.
2016 - Aisling Walsh’s Maudie
Canadian screenwriter Sherry White and producer Mary Sexton were among the many homegrown talents behind this Ireland-Canada coproduction based on late Canadian artist Maud Lewis. Starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins, the movie had a TIFF Special Presentation, Berlinale Gala Screening, and snagged seven Canadian Screen Awards — among them, Original Screenplay and Best Motion Picture.
2016 - Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World
This Canada-France coproduction scooped up the coveted Cannes Grand Prix, three Césars (including Best Director), and five Canadian Screen Awards (including Best Motion Picture and Achievement in Direction)! The flick was selected for TIFF Canada’s Top 10. Side note: At 30 years old, filmmaker Dolan has already directed eight features.
2015 - François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoan-Karl Whissell’s Turbo Kid
Fun fact: This directorial trio is known as Roadkill Superstar. Their Canada-New Zealand coprod won the Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival, the SXSW Midnighters Audience Award, plus the Jury Award at the Sitges Film Festival, to name just a few.
2015 - Lenny Abrahamson’s Room
Adapted into a screenplay from her book by Irish writer Emma Donoghue, who makes Canada her home, this Canada-Ireland thriller got four Oscar noms (including best adapted screenplay, motion picture, and directing) and scooped up Oscar gold for Best Actress (Brie Larson, who won the same category at the Golden Globes! It won (count ’em) nine Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Motion Picture.
Canada loves coproduction, and as your partner of choice, we’ve got some pretty big cinematic hits to tell you about. Let’s kick off the new year right with a look back at some of our most successful coproductions of the past five years.