Wildflowers of Manitoba
Sep 07, 2007 - Sep 16, 2007


Noam Gonick and Luis Jacob
Curated by Wayne Baerwaldt

Cinematographer: Mike Maryniuk
Editor: Deco Dawson
Costume Designer: Darena Snowe
Art Director: Jason Kennett
Principal Cast: Andrew Cecil, Cyrus Smith, Niki Lount, Dan McRorie

Toronto – The Toronto International Film Festival announces the launch of a new, far-reaching programme of installations, interactive film projects and other film related art work presented outside the cinema space and throughout the City of Toronto.  Future Projections includes work both programmed and curated by TIFF programmers, as well as shows mounted by other leading cultural institutions within the city.
Wildflowers of Manitoba is a performative installation of four short films and sound presented in a furnished geodesic dome. The films feature four young men living off the grid in an idealistic survivalist camp on the shores of Lake Winnipeg during the summer of 2006. The loosely scripted scenes establish a naturalist idyll seemingly removed from modernity. Like wildflowers, the male subjects are intimately tied to a seductive meadow that is bordered by abandoned railway tracks and virgin beaches. Staged for the camera, the set and subjects evoke a distant, more innocent era where alternative, collective lifestyles flourished. The music by visionary seventies Québécois rock band Harmonium suggests the potential for sexual and political freedom.
Noam Gonick and Luis Jacob’s young male subjects perform homosocial activity to achieve spiritual transcendence. While an intense presence is projected by each body on screen, the subjects lose their theatrical pretense when dwarfed against the Canadian landscape of water, sky, rocks and bush. The effect is an unpretentious filmic experience that urges you to fantasize a sequel.

Presented in partnership with and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen Street West.