The Revue Cinema in the beautiful Roncesvalles neighbourhood of Toronto will be screening the Canadian classic: I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing on National Canadian Film Day, April 18.
Taking its title from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot, Patricia Rozema’s debut feature, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987), shares some of the heartache of the modernist poem — but with far more comic flourishes. The film stars a then-emerging Sheila McCarthy as an amateur photographer, Polly, who takes a post as a secretary at a hip art gallery in downtown Toronto. Narrating her days (and frequently her daydreams), Polly shares her rich and whimsical inner life with the audience, as she falls in love with her impossibly chic boss, Gabrielle (Paule Baillargeon).
After premiering at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival in the Director’s Fortnight (where it won the Prix de la Jeunesse and was runner-up for the Caméra D’Or), the film was lauded for its combination of realism and fantasy, and of longing and comedy. Toronto audiences still enjoy spotting favourite locales from the Sunnyside Boardwalk to the Bloor Viaduct, to Bay Street’s high rises. In 1993, the film was included in TIFF’s “Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time”, making Rozema the first women to have a film in the rankings at the time. American academic and social critic Camille Paglia praised the film’s “wonderful comedy and realism,” commenting of the character Polly, “This girl’s kind of aimless, yet plucky. It’s the twentysomething problem with self-definition.” Since then, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing has been written about in numerous books on Canadian and Queer film, and has become a classic of our national cinema.
On April 18, revisit this Canadian classic in a unique opportunity to see it on the big screen at the historical Revue Cinema. Learn more about the film, and Canada’s rich cinematic legacy as director Patricia Rozema joins the audience for a Q&A following the film.
Grab your free tickets on Eventbrite before it’s too late!
Venue: The Revue Cinema
Date: April 18, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Ticket price: Free
Guest: Patricia Rozema
Please join us for a special presentation of I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing with Patricia Rozema in attendance for an introduction and Q&A.
Moderated by Cléo founding editor and TIFF programmer, Kiva Reardon.
Accessibility: Venue deemed accessible by event host. The building and cinema is accessible, however, some mobility devices may not fit through the washroom doors. We are currently in the planning process of making our building entirely accessible.
The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON, M6R2M9