This Month: Celebrate Canadian National Film Day With FREE Screenings


A fantastic, film-centric (and free) way to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial at The Cinematheque!

On April 19th, The Cinematheque will participate in a one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast tribute to Canadian cinema with free screenings of our nation’s most stunning films. The event will feature four celebrated movies ranging from intimate documentaries to groundbreaking and Oscar winning shorts. Tickets for this are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting Wednesday, April 19 at 5:30pm.

The event is put on collaboration with Reel Canada and is also part of Canada On Screen, which will be bringing more free film screenings to The Cinematheque throughout this year.

To encourage future generations of Canadian filmmakers, The Cinematheque will also be offering Free Film Studies workshops for schools during the day.

Canadian National Film Day Screening at The Cinematheque (April 19, 2017)

Screening April 19th – 6:30pm: Stories We Tell (2012)

Sarah Polley’s celebrated and surprising documentary is a highly personal exploration of the stories families tell, the secrets they hide, and the elusive nature of truth and memory. Screening from a 35mm print!

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Preceded by:

You Take Care Now (1989)

Vancouver director Ann Marie Fleming’s early student film, a visually dazzling, emotionally wrenching, oddly humorous account of two profound personal traumas, is one of her signature works.

Screening April 19th – 8:30pm: Archangel (1990)

Guy Maddin’s wild and warped second feature, a delirium-dream tale of obsessive love and amnesia set during WWI, showcases the faux early-cinema aesthetics and surrealist sensibility for which the Winnipeg filmmaker is renowned. Screening from a 35mm print!

Preceded by:

Ryan (2004)

Animator Chris Landreth’s Oscar-winning short, a triumph of CGI animation, offers a moving, mind-blowing portrait of Ryan Larkin, an acclaimed Canadian animator who fell on hard times.

The Cinematheque is located at 1131 Howe St in Vancouver, BC.

For a complete list of events in B.C. on April 19th check out