92 minutes – Drama, Road Move, Music,
Festival release date: September 1987 (Festival of Festivals – now TIFF)
Release date: February 20, 1988
Production companies: Les Films Vision 4, Les Films Plain-Chant (France), Xanadu Film (Switzerland)
Distributors: International Film Exchange (IFEX), Republic Pictures
A struggling musician sets out from New York to find the legendary guitar maker, Elmore Silk, with whom he hopes to strike a deal to make himself rich and famous. When he reaches Canada and finds Silk, he is faced with the realization that financial gain is nothing compared to the development of one’s artistic ability.
Director Robert Frank said in an interview that Candy Mountain was based on his own life and journey from New York City to Nova Scotia. It won the Silver Seashell Award in 1987 at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. NOTE: The cast and crew was largely non-Canadian, including Robert Frank and co-director Rudy Wurlitzer. It is considered Canadian because of the the investment in the film by the Canadian co-producers. It is a Switzerland-Canada-France production.
Also see: The Best Canadian Films You’ve Probably Never Seen.
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