Movie Night in Canada: Vancouver celebrates National Canadian Film Day

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      Tomorrow (April 20) is National Canadian Film Day and across the country, there'll be screenings celebrating the achievements of our domestic film industry.

      Vancouver, of course, is no exception to this party, with 12 events being held in our very own city.

      There's no shortage of Canadian films to catch here so you don't have any excuses not to watch one.

      And if you can't make it out of the house for any particular reason, you can always watch films online at with the First Weekend Club's nifty Canadian streaming service Canada Screens that allows viewers to watch Canadian films from the comfort of their own home.

      In the meantime, for those of you willing to get out there and support our Canadian film industry, here are just some of the highlights you can choose from.


      After a week of Canadian film screenings at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) appropriately titled Canadian Film Week, the theatre is holding an entire day of Cancon cinema screenings. Among the film are The Pass System, The Lion's Path, Patterson's Wager, and the CanCon mashup Taking Shelter

      (Check out which film Patterson's Wager writer-director O. Corbin Saleken recommended for our Movie Night in Canada series.)

      In other words, you can spend the entire day sitting in a theatre watching Canadian films from morning to night. Sweet, eh?

      North Van remembers the Atom

      Atom Egoyan's thriller Remember, starring Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor bent on revenge upon the man who murdered his family, screens for free at three North Vancouver libraries: Parkgate (11:30 a.m.), Capilano (2 p.m.), and Lynn Valley (7 p.m.).

      Asian Canadian persuasion

      ExplorAsian and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival have teamed up with Reel Canada to present a free screening of Ruba Nadda's 2005 feature film Sabah, starring Arsinée Khanjian (best known for her work in her husband Atom Egoyan's films) as a 40-year-old Muslim virgin who develops a secret relationship with Stephen (Shawn Doyle) outside the restrictions of her conservative family.

      It'll be accompanied by a panel discussion about the Canadian immigrant experience. CBC news anchor Andrew Chang will host it, and the panel will include local filmmaker Angela Cantada, with Immigrant Services Society of B.C. director Chris Friesen and counselor Mohammed Alsaleh.

      It'll be held at CBC Studio 700 (700 Hamilton Street).

      Check out which Canadian film VAFF director Grace Chin recommended for our Movie Night in Canada series.

      The social network

      The Celluloid Social Club will be screening a special collection of Canadian shorts, including:

      • Scott Belyea's "Outside the Lines", about a call-centre employing dealing with the world of telephone fraud 

      • Scot Weber's "The Timekeeper", set in the storybook world of a timekeeper

      • Andrew Rowe's "Vehicular Romanticide", in which a woman meets the unconscious man of her dreams

      • Alison Parker's "Dude, Where's My Ferret?" (which also features Trailer Park Boys' Mike Smith), about a stoner's cannabis contest aspirations threatened by his girlfriend's ferret

      • Nick Wilson's "The Floaters", in which four friends at a summer cottage with some magic mushrooms face a good trip going bad for numerous reasons  

      It's at the ANZA Club (3 West 8th Avenue) at 8 p.m.

      Make some Room on the mountain

      For those of you in Whistler tomorrow, there's also a special screening of the celebrated film Room, adapted from the novel by Irish-Canadian novelist Emma Donoghue. It received four Oscar nominations this year, including best director, best adapted screenplay, and best picture, and won best actress (Brie Larson).

      It'll be held at 7:30 p.m. at Village 8 Cinemas. Admission is $15, and includes popcorn and a drink, plus a chance to win a door prize.

      And there's lots more

      These are only a few of the highlights. For more information on what else is being screened, including screenings in Burnaby, Port Moody, and Delta (as well as elsewhere in B.C.), visit the National Canadian Film Day website.

      Happy Canadian Film Day, eh?