Celebrate Canadian Films by watching one April 19th! We will be screening the following movies that evening to celebrate.
For the kids & hockey fans MAURICE RICHARD (The Rocket). Show starts at 4pm
MAURICE RICHARD (The Rocket) (2005) Director: Charles Binamé. Screenwriter: Ken Scott. Starring: Roy Dupuis, Julie LeBreton, Stephen McHattie, Patrice Robitaille. 124 minutes. (English/French) The Rocket traces the meteoric rise of hockey legend Maurice Richard (Dupuis), from his humble beginnings as a Montreal machinist during the Depression to star of the Canadiens and the greatest scorer in hockey. But this is much more than a sports movie. Director Binamé frames the story in a cultural context: It isn’t until Richard, a man of few words, begins to speak his mind about the inequalities and prejudice directed toward French Canadians that he finds his voice. Many feel that the riots caused by Richard’s suspension in 1955 were the spark that fuelled the Quiet Revolution in Quebec. This hockey blockbuster is chock-full of heart and history. The Rocket was nominated for 13 Genie Awards and won nine.
Over the dinner hour THIRTY TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD Show starts at 6pm
THIRTY TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD (1993) Director: François Girard. Screenwriters: François Girard, Don McKellar. Starring: Colm Feore, Gerry Quigley, Gale Garnett, Don McKellar. 93 minutes Mirroring the structure of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the recording that made eccentric Canadian pianist Glenn Gould famous, this dramatic narrative is broken up into 32 short pieces. Each short film provides an insight into an aspect of Gould’s life and career. Some are filmed as dramatic re-creations, while others are more abstract: There is even an animated piece accompanied by a recording of a Gould performance. Colm Feore is brilliant as Gould, humanizing the difficult genius whose studio recordings, imaginative radio documentaries and insightful writings are still influential in contemporary classical circles. “Instead of a laborious bio-pic, we get a sly, quickwitted meditation on a character always likely to elude our grasp.” — Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
One of my fav movies THE RED VIOLIN. So proud that this one is Canadian! Show starts at 8pm
THE RED VIOLIN (1998) Director: François Girard. Screenwriters: Don McKellar, François Girard. Starring: Samuel Jackson, Greta Scacchi, Jason Flemyng, Sylvia Chang, Colm Feore. 131 minutes Girard and McKellar’s The Red Violin tells the tale of a very special instrument — a perfectly crafted 17thcentury violin finished with a mysterious red glaze. The final masterpiece of a virtuoso craftsman, the violin sits in a Montreal auction house waiting to be sold. As the auction proceeds, the violin’s history is revealed through four interconnected tales spanning 300 years. And as it passes through the hands of musicians in Italy, Vienna, London and Shanghai, the violin fills its owners’ lives with romance, adventure, intrigue and tragedy. At the centre of the story is the instrument’s dark secret, which is revealed only at the film’s suspenseful finale. “In a time of timid projects and easy formulas, The Red Violin has the kind of sweep and vision that we identify with elegant features from decades ago.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
No Canadian movie celebration would be complete without a little FUBAR. Show starts at 10pm
FUBAR (2002) Director: Michael Dowse. Screenwriters: Michael Dowse, David Lawrence, Paul Spence. Starring: Paul Spence, David Lawrence. 76 minutes. Are you ready to just give’r? This hilarious mockumentary is based on the lives of lifelong friends and headbangers Terry (Spence) and Dean (Lawrence), who’ve devoted their lives to the important arts of beer, heavy metal and, well, breaking stuff. These two mullet-sporting, beer-chugging Albertabased headbangers are the subject of a fictional documentary by Ferral Mitchner (Skilling), a filmmaker who follows Terry and Dean as they explore the depths of their friendship through a series of unexpected twists and turns.