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 in the heart of London’s West End.
From the 1st May onwards the films will begin a nationwide tour of cinemas and venues across the UK.
This year’s edition of CANADA NOW features another bold and diverse selection of the finest fiction and documentary features coming out of the Great White North. With new offerings from established veterans such as Don McKellar’s genre-defying thriller THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE and Patricia Rozeman’s triumphant family drama MOUTHPIECE playing alongside breakthrough works from emerging artists such as Akash Sherman’s stargazing exploration CLARA and Yan Giroux’s poetic debut FOR THOSE WHO DON’T READ ME, this year’s festival showcases more so than ever the sheer depth and range of New Canadian Cinema.
Brigitte Berman’s documentary HUGH HEFNER AFTER DARK: SPEAKING OUT IN AMERICA casts revelatory new light on a infamous public figure, whilst PROSECUTING EVIL highlights the extraordinary life of unsung hero Ben Ferencz – who witnessed the Holocaust and went on to prosecute 22 senior Nazi leaders in Nuremberg at the tender age of 27. Keith Behrman’s uplifting coming-of-age saga GIANT LITTLE ONES highlights the power of love without labels, whilst Sébastien Pilote’s THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE boasts the finest of Quebec filmmaking and EDGE OF THE KNIFE represents a truly ground-breaking piece of indigenous cinema. We’re also very excited to include Daniel Cockburn’s hilarious one-man performative lecture HOW NOT TO WATCH A MOVIE in this year’s programme – providing some live entertainment with the filmmaker’s signature blend of humour and insight.
CANADA NOW is presented by Telefilm Canada in partnership with the High Commission of Canada and with the support of the Quebec Government Office in London.