Montreal Loves National Canadian Film Day (Montreal, QC)

April 13, 2017

Photograph by Alexandre Breveglieri

Photograph by Alexandre Breveglieri

From Expo 67 to the Olympics, Montreal has never shied away from big events. National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) will be no exception, with screenings planned all across the city. In addition to a handful of high schools screenings films like PAUL À QUÉBEC and BREAKAWAY, Montreal will host a diverse slate of screenings in all kinds of venue spaces, many with incredible special guests attending.

All of these events are FREE!

The multipurpose arts venue Centre Phi is showing GINGER SNAPS, the horror cult classic about adolescence, femininity, and werewolves! Presented by Fantasia Fest, this event is hosted by CBC’s Sonali Karnick, and will feature a Q&A with the film’s writer, Karen Walton. Come, and bring a friend for support. This one gets bloody! Event primary language: English

Canada China International Film Festival presents IRON ROAD. This film about the building of the trans-Canada railway (as told from the perspective of Chinese labourers) is being screened at Concordia University. Following the show will be a Q&A with the film’s producer, Anne Tait. Event primary language: English

The office of Environment & Climate Change Canada will be screening the touching and poignant nature documentary THE WHALE, about a lost orca who takes up residence off the coast of a small Vancouver Island community. The film is narrated by Ryan Reynolds and directed by Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm. Event primary language: French

Guests at the Ashukan Cultural Space will take in the 2014 documentary film TRICK OR TREATY?, about the complicated history of Ontario’s Treaty 9 (James Bay Treaty). This event will be used as a means to discuss issues relating to Indigenous people, their histories and the ways they are telling their own stories. Best of all, acclaimed Abenkai filmmaker and director of TRICK OR TREATY, Alanis Obomsawin, will be there for a Q&A! Obomsawin is a giant of Canadian documentary filmmaking, with a distinguished career spanning nearly a half century during which she has directed more than 20 films. Needless to say, her presence is a tremendous privilege. Event primary language: French

Station Vu Cinema will be programming Canadian films all day with two shorts airing in front of each feature. Early in the afternoon will be the NFB docufiction classic, POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE, with co-director Marcel Carrière and others involved with the film in attendance. Late afternoon’s feature will be the coming-of-age fantasy, LÉOLO, a film TIFF called one of the ten best Canadian films of all time in 2015. In the evening will be a showing of the 2003 comedy, GAZ BAR BLUES (LA DÉBUT DE LA FIN), followed by a video Q&A with filmmaker Louis Bélanger. Event primary language: French

The University of Montreal Ciné-Campus will host a screening of the popular documentary ANGRY INUK. This film by Inuk filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril took home the audience award for best film at Hot Docs Film Festival in 2016. Impassioned and often humorous, the film makes a case for seal hunting as integral to Inuit cultural and economic survival. Event primary language: French

Montreal First People’s Festival will host the Montreal premiere of the film STANLEY VOLLANT: DE COMPOSTELLE À KUUJJUAQ. This personal documentary tells the inspiring story of Dr. Stanley Vollant, the first Aboriginal surgeon trained in Quebec. Vollant walked 6,000 kilometers from community to community to share his message of hope and pursuing one’s dreams. Dr. Vollant and filmmaker Simon C. Vallaincourt will be in attendance for a Q&A. This film version is an edited presentation of the full STANLEY VOLLANT mini-series. Event primary language: French

La Cinémathèque québécoise presents a selection of Indigenous short films including Raymond Caplin’s animated films, IN YOUR HEART and TRADITIONAL HEALING. Hosted at Cinémathèque’s Bar Salon and featuring more than 15 different titles, this event is a great option for people who want to sample several different films. Event primary language: French

And finally, Montreal Holocaust Museum & Centre is presenting JAMAIS SANS NOS ENFANTS (NEVER WITHOUT OUR CHILDREN), a moving story about sisters Éloïse and Anna Charet, two Quebecers who saved dozens of children from the Cambodian genocide. Director Yves Bernard will be on hand with Kim Routhier-Filion, one of the children saved by the Charet sisters and the inspiration for the film. The two will answer questions from the audience after the film. Event primary language: French

Photo by Jazmin Million, CC by-SA 2.0

Photo by Jazmin Million, CC by-SA 2.0

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