Canada Now 2019

Canada Now 2019 is a showcase of New Canadian Cinema in the UK, beginning with a series of screenings, Q&As, talks and panel discussions from the 24th–28th April in London, featuring nine outstanding new pieces of filmmaking over one invigorating weekend.

From the 1st May onwards the films will begin a nationwide tour of cinemas and venues across the UK.

There will be no adverts or trailers at Canada Now screenings, so please arrive at the scheduled time.

 

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Giant Little Ones | Canada Now | Curzon Soho

Giant Little Ones

Dir. Keith Behrman | 2018 | 93mins | Adv 15

Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann) have been best friends since childhood. They are high school royalty: handsome, stars of the swim team and popular with girls.

They live a perfect teenage life, until the night of Franky's epic 17th birthday party, when Franky and Ballas are involved in an unexpected incident that changes their lives forever.

Giant Little Ones is a heartfelt and intimate coming-of-age story about friendship, self-discovery and the power of love without labels.

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Wednesday 24 April 6.45pm, Curzon Soho.

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Through Black Spruce | Canada Now | Curzon Soho

Through Black Spruce

Dir. Don McKellar | 2018 | 111mins | Adv 15

Based on the Giller-Award-winning novel, Through Black Spruce is the story of a young Cree woman whose disappearance triggers events in two worlds: in Moosonee, the remote Northern Ontario community she fled years ago, and Toronto, where she modelled before vanishing.

Her twin sister, at home hunting moose in the North but a fish out of water in the city, reluctantly heads south to retrace her sister’s steps.

The two worlds collide when the fallout from the missing woman's troubled life comes to a violent head, back in Moosonee.

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Thursday 25 April, 6.15pm, Curzon Soho.

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Edge of the Knife | Canada Now | Curzon Soho

Edge of the Knife

Dir. Gwaii Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown | 2018 | 101mins | Adv 15

Set in the 19th century on the island of Haida Gwaii on British Columbia’s north Pacific coast, Edge of the Knife is the legendary indigenous tale of Adiits’ii, who retreats alone into the forest after a tragic accident at sea takes the life of his beloved nephew.

Wracked with grief and hounded by spirits, he slowly transforms himself into the Wildman, or Gaagiixiit. Will he ever be forgiven? Can he forgive himself? Can he ever re-enter his community?

A daring, groundbreaking film made entirely in two dialects of a nearly extinct Haida language (note: 2019 is UNESCO’s the Year of Indigenous Languages), Edge of the Knife is a startling, absorbing drama; from the producers of The Fast Runner and Searchers.

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Thursday 25 April 8.45pm, Curzon Soho.

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Hugh Hefner After Dark | Canada Now | Curzon Soho

Hugh Hefner's After Dark: Speaking Out in America

Dir. Brigitte Berman | 2018 | 101mins | Adv 15.

From Brigitte Berman, Oscar-winning director of Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985), comes this remarkable documentary of one of America’s most influential and controversial cultural icons, Hugh Hefner.

In addition to its considered portrait of Hefner as a man of his times who also transcended them, this film features an incredible array of archival footage from Hugh Hefner's landmark TV series, Playboy's Penthouse (1959–1960) and Playboy After Dark (1968–1970).

Amongst the martinis and bonhomie, Hefner’s shows offered urgent cultural and political commentaries from pop culture luminaries such as Lenny Bruce, Dick Gregory and Gore Vidal, as well as sensational live musical performances by Nina Simone, Joan Baez, Steppenwolf, Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr.

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Friday 26 April 6.30pm, Curzon Soho.

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Clara | Canada Now | Curzon Soho

Clara

Dir. Akash Sherman | 2018 | 105mins | Adv 15.

Clara tells the story of Isaac Bruno, an astronomer consumed by the search for life beyond Earth.

Convinced that the universe is a dark and lonely place, Isaac meets Clara, an artist who shares his fascination for the wonders of space.

Their unlikely collaboration leads to a deep connection, and a profound scientific discovery.

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Friday 26 April 9.00pm, Curzon Soho.

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For Those Who Don't Read Me | Canada Now | Curzon Soho

For Those Who Don't Read Me

Dir. Yan Giroux | 2018 | 108mins | Adv 15

All his life, Yves has dedicated himself to writing poetry, regardless of the cost to his life and lifestyle. After a chance meeting at a book launch, the now middle aged Yves storms into Dyane’s life, a graphic designer who falls for his charms and invites him into her home and her life. Her son Marc immediately disapproves of this eccentric stranger in his mother’s bed.

Soon enough, however, the studious teenager finds Yves’ rebellious ways attractive and, inspired by the bedraggled poet, begins to explore his own artistic side. Meanwhile, Yves feels increasingly trapped and decides to reinvent himself again. But is it too late?

Loosely based on the life and work of the late Quebec poet Yves Boisvert (1950–2012), Giroux’s debut feature is an impressive tale of one man’s unusual quest for and expression of the meaning of life.

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Saturday 27 April 1.00pm, Curzon Soho.

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Fireflies Are Gone | Canada Now | Curzon Soho

Fireflies Are Gone

Dir. Sébastien Pilote | 2018 | 96mins | Adv 15

On the verge of her high school graduation, a brilliant, high-spirited young 18 year-old woman named Léo can’t wait to get out of her drab small town in Quebec’s hinterland.

Tired of her mother’s nagging, her stepfather’s relentless and reactionary right wing opinions, and her absent father who lives and works far, far away, Léo is restless, alienated and bored. She’s also weary of adults telling her what is best for her future.

All of Léo’s ennui and frustration changes, however, when she meets Steve, a quietly charismatic 30-something guitar teacher who still lives in town in his mother’s basement. Taking guitar lessons from Steve proves to be a catalyst for change for Léo, and their growing, unlikely friendship will transform them both forever.

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Saturday 27 April, 3.45pm, Curzon Soho.

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How Not To Watch a Movie | Canada Now | Curzon Soho

How Not To Watch a Movie

Dir. Daniel Cockburn | 60mins | Adv 15.

Filmmaker Daniel Cockburn presents this one-man show that’s been likened to the work of Spalding Gray and Charlie Kaufman.

What begins as a look at 1990s horror films quickly goes down a cinephilic rabbit hole, becoming a weird, funny, mind-bending autobiographical journey through two decades of overinterpretation and paranoia.

“Smart and amusing” Village Voice

“Strange, recursive, and enthralling” NOW Magazine

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Saturday 27 April 6.00pm, Curzon Soho.

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Mouthpiece | Canada Now | Curzon Soho

Mouthpiece

Dir. Patricia Rozema | 2018 | 91mins | Adv 15.

Faced with the sudden death of her mother and wrestling with the daunting responsibility of delivering the eulogy, aspiring writer Cassandra finds solace and inspiration in her imagination and in her memory, which rapidly become indistinguishable.

As the funeral service approaches, Cassandra’s conflicted, complex reflections on and memories of her mother intensify and push her life in new and unexpected directions. Moving back and forth in time, the film’s multifaceted narrative probes the intimacies and emotional complexities of how we remember, what we remember, and why we remember.

Based on the award-winning play by Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken (who also brilliantly co-star in the film as two ‘versions’ of Cassandra), Mouthpiece is an inventive, engaging narrative of personal rebirth from the acclaimed director of I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing, Grey Gardens and Into The Forest.

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Saturday 27 April 7.30pm, Curzon Soho.

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