The Twentieth Century


90 minutes – Comedy, Historical, Biography
Language: English
Festival release date: September 2019 (Toronto International Film Festival)
Release date: Dec.13, 2019 (Toronto)
Production company: Voyelles Films
Canadian distributor: Maison 4:3

Set in Toronto in 1899, The Twentieth Century is a comedic take on the life of real life aspiring politician Mackenzie King. He hesitates in love between a heroic soldier he believes himself destined to marry and a psoriasis-addled spinster and learns that with unrequited love, it’s never over until you’ve completely humiliated yourself.

People familiar with the work of Guy Maddin will see his influence on director Matthew Rankin’s first feature-length film, which screened in TIFF’s Midnight Madness program. Writing about the film for the Toronto International Film Festival, Peter Kuplowsky concluded with: “Rankin and company…have brilliantly conjured a Heritage Minute from hell: a perverse, phantasmagoric parody of Canadian national identity, and the figures that inspired it.

Also see: Inside Québec: Fall 2019.

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Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette
Ménaïc Raoul

Line Producer:

Emmanuel Hessler


Matthew Rankin


Matthew Rankin


Vincent Biron


Matthew Rankin


Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux
Peter Venne

Production Designer:

Dany Boivin

Art Director:

Dany Boivin

Costume Designer:

Patricia McNeil

Cast: Roles:

Daniel Beirne
Sarianne Cormier
Mikhaïl Ahooja
Catherine St-Laurent
Seán Cullen
Trevor Anderson
Brent Skagford
Louis Negin
Kee Chan
Emmanuel Schwartz
Richard Jutras
Satine Scarlett Montaz
Charlotte Legault
Marc Ducusin
Jadyn Malone
Raynnie Platz
Élia St-Pierre
Annie St-Pierre
Brandon Lising

Mackenzie King

Bert Harper
Ruby Elliott
Lord Mutto
Mr. Justice Richardson
Arthur Meighen
Dr. Milton Wakefield
Lady Violet
Little Charlotte
Angel of Britain
A.A. Heaps
Smoking Street Child
Orphan Girl
Wretch Orphan
Joseph Israël Tarte