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MoMa puts spotlight on Canadian pix

Museum showcases Canuck film

TORONTO — The New York Museum of Modern Art is teaming up with Telefilm Canada to hold the second annual showcase of new Canuck cinema March 16-23.

Canadian Front: New Films 2005 is a nine-feature program headed by Ruba Nadda’s “Sabah,” a cross-cultural dramatic comedy about a middle-age Muslim woman who falls in love for the first time.

“A certain wildness, not usually associated with Canada, is a feature of this year’s edition of new narrative works from up north,” noted Laurence Kardish, senior curator of MoMA’s department of film and media.

The slate also includes “CQ2” (Seek You Too) from Carole Laure, Caroline Martel’s “Le Fantome de l’operatrice” (The Phantom of the Operator), “Hotel Saudade” from Cameron Bailey, Bruce McDonald’s “The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess,” Daniel Roby’s “La Peau blanche” (White Skin), Rob Stefaniuk’s “Phil the Alien,” “Roger Toupin, epicier variete” from Benoit Pilon and Noam Gonick’s “Stryker.”

Canadian Front also will feature industry-networking events.

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