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The Sweet Hereafter

Atom Egoyan's THE SWEET HEREAFTER was nominated for multiple Chlotrudis Awards and takes the top spot in the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film's
Best Canadian films!

Last updated: January 10, 2010
Copyright 2006 Michael R. Colford.
All rights reserved

Chlotrudis Society Picks:
50 Favorite Canadian Films!

To celebrate its 20th annual awards ceremony, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film will be publishing a series of Top 20 lists on its Facebook page. For the website however, we've expanded this first list to a Top 50. For our third and final such list, we've chosen to highlight Canadian films! It's no secret that Chlotrudis loves Canada, Canadian films, and Canadian filmmakers. Just take a look at our many guests over the years, Patricia Rozema, Sarah Polley, Don McKellar, Gary Burns, Genvieve Bujold, Thom Fitzgerald, Daniel MacIvor, Weibke von Carolsfeld, Ellen Page, Maury Chaykin, Alberta Watson, Tracy Wright, Atom Egoyan, and Rebecca Jenkins. Chlotrudis certainly knows its Canadian films. Check out our first list for the year, the 50 Best French-Language Films, and our follow-up list, the 50 Best Movies About Movies as chosen by Chlotrudis.

The big winner on this list is not-surprisingly, Atom Egoyan. The director, who was honored two years ago at the 18th annual Chlotrudis Awards ceremony took the #1 spot, with THE SWEET HEREAFTER, and holds a total of 7 spots on the Top 50. EXOTICA comes in at #4, ARARAT and #23, CHLOE at #33, SPEAKING PARTS at #42, FELICIA'S JOURNEY at #44, and THE ADJUSTER at #46. Further west Guy Maddin comes in with 4 spots, including the runner-up, MY WINNIPEG. His other ranking films include THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD at #19, BRAND UPON THE BRAIN at #34, and KEYHOLE at #43. Finally, the highest-ranking woman on the list, Sarah Polley placed her directorial debut, AWAY FROM HER at #3. The other two features she has directed also made the list, and they all placed in the Top 20, with last year's documentary STORIES WE TELL, coming in at #7, and TAKE THIS WALTZ showing up at #15. In addition, Polley appeared in 7 films in the Top 50 including THE SWEET HEREAFTER, EXOTICA, STORIES WE TELL, LAST NIGHT, MY LIFE WITHOUT ME, TRIGGER, and THE HANGING GARDEN. Two other filmmakers had three films in the Top 50: Denys Arcand with JESUS OF MONTREAL coming in at #14, THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS AT #22, and THE DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE at #35; and Bruce McDonald with PONTYPOOL at #18, TRIGGER at #21, and THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS at #32. Also of note, despite Denys Arcand's showing with three films in the Top 50, the highest ranking French-Canadian film came from wunderkind Xavier Dolan, whose 2013 film LAURENCE ANYWAYS anchors the Top 10. His debut film, I KILLED MY MOTHER, made the cut at #11.

We hope you enjoy our list of the 50 Favorite Canadian Films!

01 The Sweet Hereafter
Atom Egoyan
1997
02 My Winnipeg (d)
Guy Maddin
1994
03 Away from Her
Sarah Polley
2006
04 Exotica
Atom Egoyan
1994
05 Wilby Wonderful
Daniel MacIvor
2004
06 I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
Patricia Rozema
1987
07 Stories We Tell (d)
Sarah Polley
2013
08 Last Night
Don McKellar
1998
09 My Life Without Me
Isabel Coixet
2003
10 Laurence Anyways
Xavier Dolan
2013
11 I Killed My Mother
Xavier Dolan
2009
12 The Five Senses
Jeremy Podeswa
1999
13 waydowntown
Gary Burns
2000
14 Jesus of Montreal
Denys Arcand
1989
15 Take This Waltz
Sarah Polley
2011
16 Marion Bridge
Wiebke von Carolsfeld
2003
17 War Witch
Kim Nguyen
2013
18 Pontypool
Bruce McDonald
2008
19 The Saddest Music in the World
Guy Maddin
2003
20 Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Zacharias Kunuk
2001
21 Trigger
Bruce McDonald
2012
22 The Barbarian Invasions
Denys Arcand
2003
23 Ararat Atom Egoyan
2002
24 The Hanging Garden
Thom Fitzgerald
1997
25 Monsieur Lazhar
Phillippe Falardea
2011
26 Monkey Warfare
Reg Harkema
2006
27 Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
François Girard
1993
28 Videodrome
David Cronenberg
1983
29 Strangers in Good Company
Bruce Beresford
1990
30 The Boys of St. Vincent
John N. Smith
1992
31 The Red Violin
François Girard 1998
32 The Tracey Fragments
Bruce McDonald
2007
33 Chloe
Atom Egoyan
2009
34 Brand Upon the Brain Guy Maddin
2005
35 The Decline of the American Empire
Denys Arcand
1986
36 I,Claudia
Chris Abraham
2004
37 Naked Lunch
David Cronenberg
1991
38 Black Robe
Bruce Beresford
1991
39 Mon Oncle Antoine
Claude Jutra
1971
40 C.R.A.Z.Y.
Jean-Marc Vallée
2005
41 Congorama
Philippe Falardeau
2006
42 Speaking Parts Atom Egoyan
1989
43 Keyhole
Guy Maddin
2011
44 Felicia's Journey
Atom Egoyan
1999
45 Starbuck
Ken Scott
2011
46 The Adjuster
Atom Egoyan
1991
47 Set Me Free
Léa Pool 1999
48 Past Perfect
Daniel MacIvor
2002
49 Zero Patience
John Greyson
1993
50 Beefcake
Thom Fitzgerald
1998