Starting July 7 through September 13, the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre in Silver Spring will present a series of Canadian films in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday. Twelve Québécois movies will be featured, including several that have earned Oscar (U.S.), Genie (Canada), César (France) and Cannes Film Festival (France) awards.
Most films will be shown in their original French version with English subtitles.
The complete Canada Now Schedule is available here.
Wed, Jul. 19, 7:10 p.m.
‘My Internship in Canada’ [Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre]: A political comedy that will resonate with almost any Washingtonian.
Sun, Aug. 6, 5:30 p.m.
‘Good Riddance’ [Les bons débarras]: A classic Québécois family drama that is often considered to be one of Canada’s top 10 films. We are proud to announce that Marie-José Raymond and Claude Fournier, co-directors of Éléphant: The Memory of Québec Cinema, will be present to introduce their restoration of this film.
Mon, Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.
‘August 32nd on Earth’ [Un 32 août sur terre]: This unexpected journey of self-discovery was Denis Villeneuve’s debut feature at Cannes in 1998. Villeneuve's latest film 'Arrival' was nominated for eight Academy Awards. We are proud to announce that Marie-José Raymond and Claude Fournier, Co-directors of Éléphant: The Memory of Québec Cinema, will be present to introduce their restoration of this film.
Sun, Aug. 13, 12:30 p.m.
LÉOLO: A 2K restoration highlighting the 25th anniversary of filmmaker Jean-Claude Lauzon’s masterpiece. The film proudly appears on Time Magazine’s list of 100 All-Time Movies.
Sat, Aug. 26, 1:45 p.m.
‘The Confessional’ [Le confessionnal]: A neo-noir homage to Alfred Hitchcock, which tells the story of a Quebecer’s journey of tracing his family roots.
Mon, Aug. 28, 9:10 p.m.
Café de Flore: Academy Award-nominee Jean-Marc Vallée (‘The Young Victoria’, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’) directs this romantic drama of love separated by time and distance.
Sun, Sep. 3, 1:00 p.m.
‘The Decline of the American Empire’ [Le déclin de l’empire américain]: Nominated for the 1986 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this sex comedy-drama follows a group of professors as they discover their commonalities outside of the classroom.
Mon, Sep. 4, 1:15 p.m.
‘The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz’: Jewish-Montréal literary legend Mordecai Richler’s adapted screenplay of his famous novel. The film traces the experiences of a young waiter at a summertime resort in the Laurentians.
Wed, Sep. 6, 7:30 p.m.
‘The Demons’ [Les Démons]: A thriller of a young Montrealer fighting his own conscious after a series of kidnappings that have targeted other boys in his neighborhood.
Sat, Sep. 9, 12:30 p.m.
‘My Uncle Antoine’ [Mon oncle Antoine]: The coming-of-age story of a young boy in rural Québec in the 1940s, often considered to be one of Canada’s all-time best films.
Mon, Sep. 11, 7:00 p.m.
‘I Killed My Mother’ [J’ai tué ma mère]: This semi-autobiographical story of an only child’s relationship with his single mother launched the career of renowned filmmaker Xavier Dolan at age 20.
Wed. Sep. 13, 7:00 pm.
‘It’s Only the End of the World’ [Juste la fin du monde]: This Canada-France co-production about the struggles of a terminally ill playwright’s family earned Xavier Dolan the Grand Prix at Cannes and the César for Best Director.