CANADA NOW 2018 is a showcase of New Canadian Cinema in the UK, beginning with a weekend of screenings and events from the 3rd – 6th May at the Curzon Soho, featuring outstanding new pieces of filmmaking alongside a brand new digital restoration of a repertory classic over one invigorating weekend in the heart of London’s West End.
From Sunday July 1st 2018, in celebration of Canada Day, the films will begin a nationwide tour of cinemas and venues across the UK.
With a truly eclectic selection of films that cover topics as far-reaching as the Indigenous origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Sundance Award-Winning RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD to Cory Bowles’ explosive depiction of race relations and police brutality in BLACK COP, from the deliriously hallucinogenic visuals and telepathic octopi of ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA to the global scientific quest to create an artificial Sun in LET THERE BE LIGHT, this year’s programme promises to bring striking independent filmmaking across the Atlantic in a timely and urgent fashion.
Crucially, we are very proud to announce that half of the films presented in the showcase are directed by women – bringing bold female filmmaking to the forefront of our agenda with arresting pieces of cinema such as Molly McGlynn’s outstanding debut MARY GOES ROUND and veteran Asian-Canadian writer/director Mina Shum’s heart-warming Golden Years drama MEDITATION PARK, with an all-star cast featuring Sandra Oh, Pei-Pei Cheng and CANADA NOW-favourite Don McKellar.
CANADA NOW 2018 will also revisit Patricia Rozema’s seminal 1987 comedy I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING in a brand new digital restoration, with a breakout performance from Sheila McCarthy who also stars in the devastating new drama CARDINALS which plays in the main programme.
CANADA NOW is presented by Telefilm Canada in partnership with the High Commission of Canada in the UK and with support of the Québec Government Office in London.