Canadian Film Week 2019
There are 19 films and short programmes spread over 27 screenings (and 9 days) in our Canadian Film Week this year, eight of the programmes are directed by women, three films are from Quebec (though only one is in French), and five programmes are by Indigenous filmmakers. Our spotlight this year is homegrown: Carolyn Combs’ Bella Ciao! is an East Van street film, the street in question is of course the Drive. Bella Ciao! is a perfect microcosm for the diversity, eclecticism and energy you find there. And our centrepiece is, as always, National Canadian Film Day, April 17, which features free screenings and a tribute to one of Canadian Cinema’s true treasures, the incomparable Alanis Obomsawin, 86 years young, celebrating more than 50 years making committed, consciousness-raising cinema, and here in person to share half a dozen of her films with audiences young and old. “Obomsawin” means “Pathfinder,” and we hope to follow Alanis’s shining example.
*Please note that most screenings are 19+. Excludes FREE Canadian Film Day/Earth Day screenings which may be booked separately.