The beautiful city of Vancouver is home to some truly outstanding screenings for National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) on April 18. There are almost too many to choose, but here are some of our favourites!
VIFF Presents Double Happiness and 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould
Time: 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Mina Shum’s classic Double Happiness will be presented by the Vancouver International Film Festival. The film stars Sandra Oh as Jade Li, an actress struggling to assert her independence against the expectations of her Chinese-Canadian family. Director Mina Shum will join the audience for a Skype Q&A preceding the film. Double Happiness will be followed by a screening of François Girard’s 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, which celebrates its 25th anniversary as one of Canada’s most outstanding cinematic achievements. Star Colm Feore will speak to the audience via Skype and take part in a Q&A following the screening.
The Cinematheque in Vancouver presents Loyalties and Werewolf
Time: 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
The renowned Cinematheque in Vancouver will be hosting two enhanced screenings for NCFD, starting with family-centred drama Loyalties at 6:30 p.m., with director Anne Wheeler appearing for an in-person Q&A. This will be followed by the award-winning film Werewolf at 8:45 p.m., which follows the difficult existence of a pair of homeless drug addicts, shown with harsh honesty and surprising sensitivity. Director Ashley McKenzie will join the audience for a Q&A via Skype following the film. Double-features don’t get much better than this!
Don’t have the time to watch a full-length film on NCFD? Drop in at Cineworks and check out a line-up of Canadian shorts, including: Send Us Smokes, Bordered, and Last Man Alive. Following the screening, Cineworks will host a talk with Canadian filmmaker and 2017 winner of the Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Emerging Media Artist, Anaïsa Visser.
If you haven’t had a chance to see the incredible Oscar-nominated Canadian animated film, The Breadwinner, see it at the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association on NCFD! The film follows Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, who embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. It’s the animated film everyone is talking about this year so watch it on the big screen while you still can!
The Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society will be screening young Canadian filmmaker Ashley Duong’s short film Re Lekuah at 7:00 p.m. before her documentary A Time to Swim at 7:15 p.m. The documentary explores the effects of environmental destruction on the fabric of a community through the personal story of a man’s search for belonging in a place where the very ideas of home and heritage are slipping away. This is your chance to see one of Canada’s most promising up-and-coming filmmakers!
Two of the most popular Canadian films of the year are screening in an incredible double-feature at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 176. Maudie is based on the true story of Nova Scotia painter Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s best known and most loved folk artists, while Long Time Running chronicles the emotional and epic 2016 tour that The Tragically Hip embarked on after iconic frontman Gord Downie announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. These are two modern-day Canadian classics that you don’t want to miss!