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Canada on Screen

Canada on Screen is the most ambitious retrospective of our country’s moving-image heritage ever attempted. How appropriate that this venture should happen during the Canadian Sesquicentennial, in light of what the Centennial in 1967 did to awaken us to our own identity. Canada’s moving-image heritage—features, shorts, documentaries, animation, television, experimental works, music videos, commercials, and moving-image installations—is known only partially to all of us, but we have made some of the world’s most important films in all of these areas. This programme of the Essential 150 will allow us to showcase the best films in a country-wide celebration throughout 2017. Enjoy—and discover!

  TIFF is excited to partner with REEL CANADA’s National Canadian Film Day 150 on April 19th to present over 150 free screenings across Canada at Film Circuit locations.


April 19 | 7:00 PM

Keyano Recital Theatre | FREE Ticket required 

Director: Deepa Mehta
Cast: Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Sarala Kariyawasam, Manorama 
Release Year: 2005
Runtime: 117 minutes
Country: Canada
Language: Hindi with English Subtitles

Rating: PG Mature Subject Matter, Not Recommended For Children

Water is the conclusion of Deepa Mehta's Elements Trilogy is set in an ashram where a group of widows, ranging in age from seven to 70, are confined to live out the rest of their lives after the deaths of their husbands.

Deepa Mehta (Beeba Boys, Bollywood/Hollywood) completed her landmark Elements trilogy with this brave, perfectly-pitched exploration of lives altered by religious tradition. Delving into Indian society of the 30’s during Ghandi’s rise to prominence, Water is a remarkably inspirational film about a girl who refuses to accept her fate and struggles against powerful rules that turn her into a prisoner without a future. Chuyia (Sarala Kariyawasam) is an eight year- old child bride whose husband suddenly passes away. According to custom, her head is shaved and she is taken to an ashram for Hindu widows, where she is expected to atone for past sins that are assumed to have resulted in her husband’s death. It is a virtual exile, with no hope of escape.

"The film is lovely in the way Satyajit Ray's films are lovely. It sees poverty and deprivation as a condition of life, not an exception to it, and finds beauty in the souls of its characters." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times




Manchester by the Sea

April 20 | 7:00 PM

Keyano Recital Theatre | $13

Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Cast:  Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol  
Release Year: 2016
Runtime: 136 minutes
Country: USA
Language: English

Rating: 14A, coarse language

Oscar Winner Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler star in this emotionally overwhelming and critically acclaimed drama from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret), about a reclusive handyman who must face his painful past when he returns to his Massachusetts hometown after the sudden death of his beloved older brother.

"[A] beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama about how a death in the family forces a small-town New Englander to confront a past tragedy anew." - Justin Chang, Variety

"Lonergan has sculpted this story and these characters with great delicacy and wisdom, knowing exactly what to leave out and when, like the sturdy types who populate this desolate landscape, to draw back and walk away in sorrow." - Kyle Smith, New York Post




May 18 | 7:00 PM

Keyano Recital Theatre | $13

Director: Aisling Walsh
Cast:  Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kate Ross, Zachary Bennett
Release Year: 2016
Runtime: 115 minutes
Country: USA
Language: English

Rating: PG - Mature Subject Matter

Determined to prove her independence to herself and her overprotective family, the Nova Scotian Maud Dowley (Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine, Happy-Go-Lucky) answers an ad for a live-in housekeeper for the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke, Born to Be Blue, Boyhood), but her artistic skills quickly eclipse her domestic duties. Director Aisling Walsh brilliantly captures Maud’s growth into one of Canada’s most celebrated folk artists. Maud has spent her whole life constrained by the effects of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, causing her parents and brother to have little faith in her ability to live independently. After the loss of her parents leads her brother to sell her childhood home, Maud sets out to make her own way in the world and pursue her passion for art.




June 15 | 7:00 PM

Keyano Recital Theatre | $13

Director: Garth Davis
Cast:  Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara 
Release Year: 2016
Runtime: 119 minutes
Country: Australia
Language: English

Rating: PG, Not recommended for young children


Adapted from the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, LION is about a five-year-old Indian boy who, after a wrong train takes him thousands of miles away from home and family, survives many challenges before being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only the scantest of clues, he learns of a new technology called Google Earth, and sets out to find his lost family.

 Nominated for Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography. Best Writing (Adaption of Screenplay) and Best Music (Original Score)



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