CANADA NOW

Screens at the IFC Center in New York (March 22 – 25, 2018) and the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre in Los Angeles (April 12 – 15, 2018) before touring to venues nationwide

Screens at the IFC Center in New York (March 22 – 25, 2018) and the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre in Los Angeles (April 12 – 15, 2018) before touring to venues nationwide.

If you thought that Canada was just an exporting nation of cinematic natural resources like the two Ryans (Gosling and Reynolds), Denis Villeneuve, Jean-Marc Vallée, and even Margaret Atwood (with a pair of series, The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace) think again. Yes, there is a long, distinguished history of Canadians working south of our border, but just wait until you see what’s being made by Canadian film artists on their own northern terra firma. If you’re curious about what’s going on up there above the 49th parallel, here are eight excellent examples to help you find out.

After all, so we’ve been told, the world needs more Canada. Proudly but modestly echoing those sentiments, we are thrilled to present Canada Now 2018: a diverse, engaging, entertaining selection of the best in contemporary Canadian cinema. From time-travel adventure to comedy to psychological drama to politically charged personal cinema, this Canadian octet reveals the seismic shifts underway in Canada — and globally — in relation to such potent, relevant issues as the history of indigenous peoples, the immigrant experience, race relations, and gender politics.

In this Canada Now showcase, you’ll find impressive new works by veteran filmmakers and rookie directors alike. As always, the Canada Now showcase celebrates the independent spirit that has always been a hallmark of Canadian cinema.

CANADA NOW is presented by Telefilm Canada in partnership with the Consulates General of Canada and with the support of Air Canada.

ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA by Ian Lagarde, BLACK COP by Cory Bowles, CARDINALS by Grayson Moore & Aidan Shipley, HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS by François Girard, MARY GOES ROUND by Molly McGlynn, MEDITATION PARK by Mina Shum, UNARMED VERSES by Charles Officer, VENUS by Eisha Marjara