Canada may be frequently referred to as “Hollywood North” for the number of films that are shot here. But this month Canadian films will be descending on actual Hollywood in celebration of National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150).
The Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles is proud to announce a pair of special events celebrating NCFD 150, featuring some of the biggest and boldest names in Canadian film. Consul General in LA, James Villeneuve, acknowledges that “from David Cronenberg . . . to Jean-Marc Vallée and so many more, Canadian filmmakers continue to make a massive and distinctive impact on Hollywood.”
The Consulate, in partnership with University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts will be showing a free marathon of Canadian films from April 18 to 19. The marathon, which will unspool at Cinefamily’s historic Silent Movie Theatre in West Hollywood, starts Tuesday evening with Denis Villeneuve’s breakthrough film, POLYTECHNIQUE. It will continue throughout the day on Wednesday with a 2:30pm screening of Guy Maddin’s THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD and Ivan Reitman’s summer camp classic MEATBALLS at 5pm. The late night fun at 11:00pm will feature a screening of STRANGE BREW (starring Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas as beloved hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie).
But the series’ flagship event will be the 7:30pm show of Denis Villeneuve’s award-winning INCENDIES. Canadian Minister of Heritage Mélanie Joly will be there, and writer-director Villeneuve himself will be in attendance for a Q&A moderated by USC School of Cinematic Arts director of programming, Alessandro Ago!
Canada has celebrated Denis Villeneuve for a long time; He has received armloads of Awards in both English and French Canada, dating back to 2000’s MAELSTRÖM. Three of his early films have have won Best Director and Best Motion Picture at the Genies/Canadian Screen Awards, and he won Best Director a fourth time for 2013’s ENEMY. That same year, Villeneuve worked in Hollywood for the first time with PRISONERS, a move that shot him to even greater international stardom. He was nominated for Best Director at the Oscars for 2016’s ARRIVAL, which was also nominated for Best Picture. He is on a hot streak of acclaimed Hollywood films including the tense thriller SICARIO, and is currently working on the BLADE RUNNER sequel.
If that’s not enough, Telefilm Canada and the American Cinemateque will present a series at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica of eight recent Canadian features that have been lauded at the world’s most high-profile international film festivals. Dubbed CANADA NOW: BEST NEW FILMS 2017, the series runs from April 20 – 23. Telefilm Canada’s executive director Carolle Brabant praised the “rich diversity” that “makes Canada, and its cinema, so special.” The CANADA NOW programme highlights diverse works from Canada’s emerging talents and cinematic veterans, from French and English Canada, and from women and Indigenous filmmakers.
On Thursday, writer/director Anne Émond will be there in person for her film NELLY. A Friday night double feature will have CanFilm mainstay Bruce McDonald on hand for WEIRDOS, followed up by Kevan Funk’s debut film, HELLO DESTROYER.
Saturday celebrates Quebecois film. In the afternoon will be a screening of JUSTE LA FIN DU MONDE (IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD), the latest feature from Quebec wunderkind Xavier Dolan. The evening film is the TIFF Best Canadian Feature award-winning CEUX QUI FONT LES RÉVOLUTIONS À MOITIÉ N’ONT FAIT QUE SE CREUSER UN TOMBEAU (THOSE WHO MAKE REVOLUTIONS HALFWAY ONLY DIG THEIR OWN GRAVES), followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Mathieu Denis & Simon Lavoie.
Finally, Sunday will feature a pair of Indigenous films, the music documentary RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD and the the latest from acclaimed writer/director Zacharias Kunuk, MALIGLUTIT (SEARCHERS).
NCFD 150 was designed to help Canadians celebrate our films, but we’re happy to share them with Hollywood too!