Director: David Hartford Run Time: 73min Genre(s): Action/Adventure
The first (and earliest surviving) feature film made in Canada by Canadians, Back to God’s Country tells the story of Delores LeBeau, who goes on a treacherous journey to the Arctic with her husband on a vessel captained secretly by the man who murdered her father. In a tense and action-packed sequence, Delores must save her husband from the malicious Rydal and survive in the unfamiliar Arctic conditions.
Written and starring female filmmaking pioneer and creative powerhouse of the silent era, Nell Shipman, this is also the most successful silent film in Canadian history and is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019.
Director: Jean-Claude Lauzon Run Time: 107min Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Young Léolo (Collin) lives in a Montreal apartment building with his chaotic and eccentric family, but he spends much of his time in his own imagination.
Lauzon's critically acclaimed film tells the tale from Léolo's point-of-view, alternating the stark reality of his dysfunctional home life with the surrealistic imagery and fantasy sequences into which Léolo retreats, in order to escape the family drama that surrounds him. Eventually, this precarious balance of reality and fantasy begins to crack. A haunting score by Tom Waits accentuates Léolo's breakdown.
This disturbing, visually stunning, magical realist coming-of-age tale won three Genie Awards and was named one of the Top 10 films of 1993 by Time Out. In 2015, a poll conducted by the Toronto International Film Festival named it one of the Top 10 Canadian Films of all time.
Roger Ebert called it “a film that stirs in the shadows of memory for everyone who has ever seen it, a film that cannot be classified and can hardly be explained”.
Director: Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown Run Time: 100min Genre(s): Action/Adventure
Set in the Haida Gwaii region in the 19th century, Edge of the Knife (SG̲aawaay Ḵ'uuna in Haida) adapts a classic Haida folk tale of a man ( left for dead in the forest who becomes the Gaagiid/Gaagiixiid, or “the Wildman”. After an accident where he is separated from his family, Adiit’si (Tyler York) wanders through the forest becoming driven mad by both natural and supernatural forces. As his loved ones, including best friend Kwa (William Russ), set out to capture and cure him, Adiits’ii grows increasingly feral.
The first feature film made entirely in the critically endangered Haida language – fluently spoken by fewer than 20 people – the film is a spellbinding and mythical tale of pride, tragedy and love, set against the stunning backdrop of Canada’s Pacific northwest.
Made with a Haida cast and in collaboration with the Haida Council, this compelling film proves that cinema can be at once a powerful vessel for storytelling and a profound act of Indigenous language and culture revitalization.
Venue: Baddeck Library
Date: April 17, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM
Ticket price: Free
Event Primary Language: English
1:00 PM Back To God’s Country
3:00 PM SG̲aawaay Ḵ’uuna (Edge of the Knife)
6:30 PM Léolo
Accessibility: Venue deemed accessible by event host.
Baddeck Library, 520 Chebucto Road, Baddeck, NS, B0E 1B0