“Bad year, great movies” – TIFF announces their selections for the 10 best Canadian features and shorts of 2020.

Prof Igor Drljaca's Film “The Archivists”

Prof Igor Drljaca’s Film “The Archivists”

Congratulations to UBC Theatre & Film Professor Igor Drljača, whose short film The Archivists got the nod as a 2020 Canada’s Top 10 Film Pick!

Canada’s Top Ten is an annual honour, compiled by the Toronto International Film Festival and announced in December each year to identify and promote the year’s best Canadian films.

“Canada’s Top Ten shorts includes everything from skilfully-told dramas about fighting for your independence and place in the world …to utterly unclassifiable visions (The Archivists, Stump the Guesser).”
Senior Programmer TIFF

The Archivists:

  • Written and directed by: Film Production Professor
    Igor Drljača.
  • Edited by: Film Production Adjunct Professor
    Rafi Spivak. 
  • Starring: Noah Reid, Bahia Watson and Maxwell McCabe-Lokos.
  • Produced by: Ashley Shields-Muir, Connor Jessup, Albert Shin, Igor Drljača
  • Director of Photography: Christopher Lew
  • Production Designer: Becca Blackwood
  • Music: Casey MQ

Synopsis: The Archivists

The three characters are in a decrepit room of a cabin, overgrown with vegetation that has crept indoors. Light is filtering through the spaces in between the wood and through the window offering a very misty quality to the photo. A youngish man with short hair is seating on the left of a vintage phonograph, a woman is standing up beside it with her hands on the desk where it is placed, and another man is seated beside her and looking at an album cover which is stacked on other album covers on a messy desk. They appear to be listening.

Still from “The Archivists”

After uncovering a degraded vinyl album in an abandoned home, three musicians attempt to reimagine one of its songs. Shot on stunning 16mm, Noah Reid, Bahia Watson, and Maxwell McCabe-Lokos star in this wistful dystopian sci-fi that is both hauntingly eerie and will get your foot tapping.
Lisa Haller, TIFF

Director’s Statement: Igor Drljača

Director, Igor Drljaca

Writer and Director, Igor Drljača

Our society is at a crossroads, and The Archivists is a product of these uncertain times. I grew up in a country that no longer exists, Yugoslavia, and as a child, I witnessed how minor differences can be utilized to turn people against one another in the midst of a crisis. It was during this time, that the sharing of stories and music gave us all that little extra fuel to keep going.

Artistic creation is the ultimate expression of our interconnectedness, and that is what I sought to explore in this film. This is a story that celebrates the human capacity for love, empathy, and creation. In the dystopian world of The Archivists, artistic remnants of our world can still be found, and as long as there are those who seek them out – like the three musicians in The Archivists – they will help build a better world.
Igor Drljača

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