CANADA ON SCREEN A year-long program celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and its rich cinematic heritage.
he Cinematheque is proud to celebrate Canada’s 2017 sesquicentennial with Canada On Screen, an exciting national initiative co-produced by TIFF, The Cinematheque, Library and Archives Canada, and the Cinémathèque québécoise.
Canada On Screen is the most ambitious retrospective of Canada’s moving-image heritage ever mounted. In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, a list of Canada’s 150 essential moving-image works, based on a countrywide poll of critics, scholars, and industry professionals, has been compiled across nine categories: feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, experimental films and video, moving-image installations, music videos, commercials, and television shows. These 150 masterworks, many of them newly restored, will be made available to Canadians everywhere in 2017. A full list of the essential 150 is available at tiff.net/canadaonscreen Beginning in January and continuing throughout the year, The Cinematheque will present special free screenings showcasing many of these 150 works. Please join us and discover – or rediscover – the breadth, boldness, and wealth of Canada’s cinema history, a remarkable cultural legacy.
CANADA ON SCREEN OPENING NIGHT FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 The Cinematheque begins its year-long series of free Canada On Screen presentations with a B.C.-themed program featuring Sandy Wilson’s Genie-winning feature My American Cousin (1985) and Emily Carr grads Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis’s Palme d’Or-winning animated short When the Day Breaks (1999).
FREE ADMISSION! CANADA ON SCREEN: FEATURE FILMS
My American Cousin Canada 1985. Dir: Sandy Wilson. 89 min. DCP
Now a classic of our national cinema, writer-director Sandy Wilson’s charming film à clef is both an affecting comingof-age tale and a witty meditation on Canadian-American cultural tensions. Sandy Wilcox (Margaret Langrick) is a preteen growing up in the 1950s in B.C.’s Okanagan, where she’s bored (“Nothing ever happens!”) and also tired of being treated like a child. Everything changes with the arrival of Butch (John Wildman), her dreamy, red-convertibledriving cousin from California, who seems to embody everything exciting Sandy’s been longing for. My American Cousin was a popular hit at home and abroad, and won six Genie Awards – for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actress (Langrick), Actor (Wildman), and Editing (Haida Paul). Arriving on the heels of The Grey Fox, it also solidified B.C.'s ascendance as an important filmmaking centre – and was a rallying cry for women in film everywhere! In Person: Sandy Wilson preceded by
CANADA ON SCREEN: ANIMATION
When the Day Breaks Canada 1999. Dir: Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis. 10 min. DCP
This exquisitely beautiful and compassionate animated short by Alberta natives Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, who met while studying at Vancouver’s Emily Carr College (now University), won a Palme d’Or at Cannes, a Genie at home, and was nominated for an Oscar. In a city populated by farm animals, gentle Ruby the pig seeks comfort after witnessing a tragic accident. FRIDAY, JANUARY 6
Opening Night: Canada On Screen Reception, Refreshments, and Guests in Attendance 6:30 pm - Doors 7:30 pm - Introduction and screening of My American Cousin and When the Day Breaks