A day to enjoy Canadian cinema at home
April 22 is National Canadian Film Day / La Journée du cinéma canadien, a festival to celebrate the incredible achievements of our nation’s filmmakers. Due to COVID-19, the festival will be presented online this year.
Here are some highlights of this year’s festival:
ANTIGONE: Born in Rivière-du-Loup, director Sophie Deraspe is a leading figure in Quebec cinema. Antigone, her fifth feature film, imagines Sophocles’ play in present-day Montreal, in a setting based loosely on the police shooting of Fredy Villanueva. Antigone won the Best Canadian Film award at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and was chosen to represent Canada in the 2020 Oscar International Feature Film race.
KANEHSATAKE: Alanis Obomsawin’s Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance is a powerful National Film Board documentary about the 1990 Oka Crisis. Obomsawin is an Abanaki filmmaker who grew up in Montreal and on the Odanak reserve north east of Montreal.
MENTEUR: Émile Gaudreault’s blockbuster comedy, Menteur, was Canada’s top-grossing film in 2019. The film’s main character is a compulsive liar who wakes up one day in an alternative reality where all of his lies have become true.
Catherine Fisher, blogger