The Canadian comedy The Twentieth Century from director Matthew Rankin, and starring Daniel Beirne, Sarianne Cormier, Mikhaïl Ahooja, Catherine St-Laurent, Seán Cullen, along with Trevor Anderson will open in Virtual Cinemas on November 20, 2020. The film is a satire of the rise to power of young politician William Lyon Mackenzie King, who would go on to become a long-serving prime minister of Canada.
The Twentieth Century has won multiple awards including Best Canadian First Feature Film Award at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival; Best Film at the 2019 Los Cabos International Film Festival; FIPRESCI Prize at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival and nominated for eight Canadian Screen Awards – winning three.
Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne) dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. But his romantic vacillation between a British soldier and a French nurse, exacerbated by a fetishistic obsession, may well bring about his downfall. In his quest for power, King must gratify the expectations of his imperious Mother, the hawkish fantasies of a war-mongering Governor-General, and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic before facing one, final test of leadership. Culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, King learns that disappointment may be the defining characteristic of the twentieth century!