It’s always fun to see a movie with someone special. There are over 1,700 events happening around the country for National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150), and over 100 in Toronto alone, so we’re highlighting some of the films that will have their own “someone special” in attendance … from the films themselves!
Roncesvalles Village: LAST NIGHT at the Revue Cinema
Looking back at the Y2K hype might seem quaint now – but as we know these days, tales of impending apocalypse never lose their grip. LAST NIGHT by director and star Don McKellar, and starring Sandra Oh is an essential story of how people can connect in the face of shared doom. Presented at the Revue Cinema, with opening remarks by Bill Skolnik, CEO of the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) Ontario, and joining the audience for a Q&A will be special guest and director-writer-star of LAST NIGHT, Don McKellar! Television personality Richard Crouse will also be attendance.
Little Italy: CUBE presented by The Royal Cinema and NOW Magazine
This special 20th anniversary screening of the Canadian science fiction cult classic CUBE will be presented at the gorgeous art deco Royal Cinema, with special guests joining the audience after the film, including the director Vincenzo Natali skyping in! CUBE was produced by CFC Features in 1996.
The Annex: BARNEY’S VERSION presented by the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation
Life can be complicated – and sometimes outrageously funny. BARNEY’S VERSION tells a decades-long tale of one man’s messy romantic life while being dogged by a cop who suspects him of murder. Based on Mordecai Richler’s Giller Prize–winning bestseller of the same name, this rich and hilarious film is presented by the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation, and will be introduced by legendary Canadian film producer Robert Lantos!
The Annex: A Celebration of Canadian Documentary, presented by Hot Docs & POV Magazine
Presented at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, this event will feature discussion with filmmakers Hubert Davis & Kevin McMahon, Producer Anita Lee and editor of POV Magazine, Marc Glassman alongside clips from the best Canadian short and feature-length documentaries.
Yorkville: REEL INJUN at the Royal Ontario Museum
Growing up in Waskaganish, Quebec inspired director Neil Diamond to trace Hollywood’s changing influence on how Indigenous people are perceived in this historical documentary, REEL INJUN. A road trip from the Canadian North to Monument Valley, USA, REEL INJUN is presented at the Royal Ontario Museum. Following the screening, guest speaker and filmmaker Lisa Jackson will be present for a discussion about representations of indigenous communities in cinema!
Yorkville: REMEMBER presented by The OMDC
This private presentation by the Ontario Media Development Corporation at the Varsity Cineplex Cinema, is a tribute to the longstanding and creative partnership of producer Robert Lantos and director Atom Egoyan! This suspenseful film features the story of two Holocaust survivors, played by Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer, as they hunt down the Nazi war criminals who murdered their families. Plagued by memory loss, the suspense and plot-twists ratchet up in REMEMBER. Featuring Robert Lantos in attendance at this private screening, and Atom Egoyan via Skype!
Chinatown: VINYL presented by the Sonic Boom Cinema Club
This cult favourite documentary about the love for collecting vinyl records features director Alan Zweig laying bare his own obsessive record-collecting. Presented by the Sonic Boom Cinema Club, with guest Alan Zweig, director of VINYL!
Entertainment District: THE OTHER HALF presented by Rendezvous with Madness
A tale of complicated romance between a grief-stricken man and a woman living with bipolar disorder, THE OTHER HALF stars Emmy award-winning Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany. Presented by Geoff Pevere, program director of the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, this screening will feature director Joey Klein at the Scotiabank Theatre!
Entertainment District: THIRTY-TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD presented by the TIFF Bell Lightbox
The classic Canadian film about classic Canadian pianist Glenn Gould (played by Colm Feore) underscores the complexity of biopics by breaking Gould’s life into a lively trip through 32 short films, including an animation sequence. The TIFF Bell Lightbox presents this special screening of THIRTY-TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD, featuring writer-actor Don McKellar and actor Colm Feore!
Entertainment District: BREAKAWAY presented in the CBC Atrium
Balancing the wishes of a traditional Sikh family and a passion for hockey, BREAKAWAY is a heartwarming story of the cross-cultural Canadian experience. This screening in downtown Toronto is presented by the CBC in the CBC Atrium with special guest and star of BREAKAWAY, Vinay Virmani!
Downtown: THE SKIN WE’RE IN presented by the Regent Park Film Festival
Taking a look behind journalist Desmond Cole’s research into police carding, THE SKIN WE’RE IN is a vital documentary asking all Torontonians to consider how we live – and how we live with ourselves – in a culture of systemic racism. The Regent Park Film Festival presents THE SKIN WE’RE IN at the Cineplex Cinemas at Yonge-Dundas with a Q&A moderated by Lu Asfaha and special guests, director Charles Officer and Desmond Cole!
Downtown: ONE WEEK presented by Avi Federgreen
After discovering he only has about a week to live, a young man decides to journey from Toronto to the west coast. The ultimate Canadian road trip movie, ONE WEEK starring Joshua Jackson and directed by Michael McGowan will be presented at the Imagine Carlton Cinema by producer Avi Federgreen! (Two screenings: 1:30pm 9:05pm)
Downtown: TOWER presented by Imagine Carlton Cinemas
TOWER centres on a 34-year-old Derek who lives at home with his parents in Toronto, Canada. Unlike his married brother, who is expecting a baby, Derek is single and without a career, working part-time at his uncle’s construction company and dreaming of becoming an animator. When a neighbourhood raccoon becomes a constant nuisance by tearing up his family’s garbage, Derek sets out to catch it. This presentation features writer-director Kazik Radwanski!
Downtown: SEX AFTER KIDS and HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN presented by Imagine Carlton Cinemas
This pair of of screenings at the Imagine Carlton Cinemas, presents the wryly funny SEX AFTER KIDS starring Paul Amos, Shannon Beckner and Gordon Pinsent and more at 6:45, followed by HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN starring Jewel Staite at 9:00! Both screenings will feature director Jeremy Lalonde!
Don Valley West: MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN at the Aga Khan Museum
Born at midnight on the eve of India’s independence from Britain, two children switched at birth live different but connected lives in MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN. Salman Rushdie’s tale of magical realism is brought to life through the eye of director Deepa Mehta. Presented by Reel Asian, MISAFF and the Aga Khan Museum, this NCFD 150 screening will feature special guests producer David Hamilton and actor Zaib Shaikh, who is also Toronto’s Film Commissioner and Director of Entertainment Industries.
Oakville: GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD and DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN Double Bill
Moving from the Maritimes to downtown Toronto during a recession, Joey and Peter endure the challenges of the big city in GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD. Romance, job prospects and finding their own identity in a busy metropolis all test their friendship in this realistic portrayal of 1970’s Canada. In DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN, one friend makes the trip back home to Nova Scotia to spread his buddy’s ashes. The 70’s Canadian classic and its 2011 sequel are featured together for the first time, with a special Q&A hosted by Toronto Star critic Rob Salem, featuring director Donald Shebib and cast members Doug McGrath, Jayne Eastwood, and Tedde Moore! Presented by the Willson Oakville Film Festival and Sheridan College.