Bruce McDonald

Canada, Belgium, Luxembourg, 2019 / 92 min / English OV with French subt. / Thriller, Horror

On the night of the strangest wedding in the history of cinema, a grotesque gang boss hires a stone-cold killer to bring him the finger of a fading, drug-addicted jazz legend.

In a dreamlike, noirish city, a veteran hitman is reluctant to carry out his next assignment: removing the finger of a legendary jazz trumpet player whom he shares an uncanny resemblance with. His already shaky resolve is broken when he happens upon a sinister plot to marry a young girl to a grotesque vampire. But to rescue her, he must outwit his savage mob boss and a wedding-planning countess.

A night club called Al-Qaeda, an old-world vampire, a junky child bride, a femme fatale with a sideline in stand-up comedy, a handful of severed fingers and a palace ballroom full of music, machine gun fire and mayhem: it’s just another night in Dreamland.

Wed 11/03 21:00 Ciné Utopia EN OV with FR subt. Public

“Like a Canadian You Were Never Really Here, Stephen McHattie plays both a Chet Baker-inspired trumpeter and also a hitman named Johnny, the two lives converging in twisty, fascinating plot that involves Johnny trying to rescue young sex traffic victims from a massive, gauche wedding that the trumpet player is set to perform at. Unpredictable and lovely from start to finish, it's a gripping mini-odyssey that never loses its sense of humor, and culminates in a big action scene […] But as much as the story is called Dreamland, it’s much more about dream logic, where a grounded narrative unfolds with details that simply are not questioned. One of the film’s most beguiling features is that it has a cohesive vision that is sincere to all of its parts, piling on the literal and metaphorical and painting a bizarre world in the process. […] it all makes for an exhilarating take on the hitman movie, where violence is not a cynical reliance but a poetic expression in the larger narrative scope” Nick Allen,, 17/07/2019

Cast & Credits
Stephen McHattie, Henry Rollins, Juliette Lewis, Lisa Houle, Tómas Lemarquis, Astrid Roos, Hana Sofia Lopes, Amyeric Harter, Barbara Hellemans
Bruce McDonald, Tony Burgess, Patrick Whistler
Richard Van Oosterhout
Nicolas Tran Trong, François Dumont
Eugénie Collet
Jonathan Goldsmith
Goodbye Productions
Calach Films, Velvet Films
Calach Films

Bruce McDonald is a Canadian director known for his irreverent, eclectic style and his love of music and pop culture. After breaking out with his debut feature Roadkill (1989), he has gone on to direct numerous other acclaimed films including Hard Core Logo (1996), The Tracey Fragments (2007) and Pontypool (2008). He currently lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter. In 2018, he was a member of the Luxembourg City Film Festival’s International Jury presided by Atom Egoyan, a long-time friend of his who starred in his 1985 short feature Knock! Knock!

  • 2019 - Dreamland
  • 2017 – Weirdos
  • 2015 – Hellions
  • 2013 – The Husband
  • 2011 – A Love Supreme (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2011 – Omar Snow (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2011 – Seven Sins: Envy (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2010 – Music from the Big House (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2010 – Trigger
  • 2010 – Hard Core Logo 2
  • 2010 – This Movie is Broken
  • 2010 – My Babysitter’s a Vampire
  • 2009 – Almost Audrey
  • 2008 – Pontypool
  • 2007 – The Tracey Fragments
  • 2007 – The Dark Room
  • 2004 – Tamara Podemski: Meegwetch (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2004 – The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess
  • 2002-2004 – Queer as Folk (8 épisodes de la série TV / 8 episodes of the TV series / 8 Folgen der Fernsehserie)
  • 2002 – The Interview (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2002 – Claire’s Hat (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2001 – Picture Claire
  • 1999 – Fort Goof (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1998 – Elimination Dance (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1998 – Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story
  • 1998 – American Whiskey Bar
  • 1997 - Platinum
  • 1996 – Hard Core Logo
  • 1995 – Nancy Drew: The Death & Life of Billy Feral (1 épisode de la série TV / 1 episode of the TV series / 1 Folge der Fernsehserie)
  • 1994 – Dance Me Outside
  • 1991 – Highway 61
  • 1989 – Roadkill
  • 1985 – Knock! Knock!
  • 1982 – Let Me See… (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)