Matthew Rankin

Canada 90 min Spanish premiere Fiction


Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. In his quest for power, he must face his imperious Mother, a war mongering Governor-General and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic. Meanwhile, King hesitates in love between a British soldier and a French-Canadian nurse and furtively indulges a fetishistic obsession for women’s footwear… When his vainglorious run for leadership culminates in an epic battle between good and evil, King will learn that disappointment may be the only way to survive the 20th century.


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Matthew Rankin

(Winnipeg, 1980) He studied Québec history at McGill University and Université Laval and is the director of thirty short films. His work has screened at Cannes Critics Week, Sundance, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand and received awards at SXSW, TIFF and the Annecy International Animation Festival. One of Matthew’s films was also temporarily banned in his native Winnipeg. He has been artist in residence at the Corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Klondike Institute for Art in Dawson City, Yukon. Matthew works in English, French and, increasingly, Esperanto.

Filmography: The Twentieth Century (2019), Tesla: World Light (curt, 2017), Mynarski: Death Plummet (curt, 2014), Tabula Rasa (curt, 2014), Negativipeg (curt, 2010), Hydro-Lévesque (curt, 2008), Cattle Call (curt, 2008), Sharhé Halé-Shakhi (curt, 2007), Death by Popcorn (migmetratge, 2006), Où est Maurice? (curt, 2006)

Matthew Rankin

Film information

Director: Matthew Rankin
Script: Matthew Rankin
Contact: Best Friend Forever
With: Dan Beirne, Mikhaïl Ahooja, Catherine St-Laurent, Sarianne Cormier, Brent Skagford
Country: Canada
Year: 2019
Format: Digital
Length: 90 min
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish, Catalan
Edition: 2020


FIPRESCI Award in the Forum section of Berlinale and Best Canadian First Feature Film in Toronto.