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March 21—24, 2019 at the AERO THEATRE

Co-presented by Telefilm Canada in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles and with the support of the Quebec Delegation in Los Angeles.

Look up. Way up. Up above that 49th parallel. Soon you will begin to see the swirling illuminations of those northern cinematic lights: Canada Now 2019 is here.

Yes, your Canadian neighbors are again coming south, bringing tales of restless youth, indigenous stories of tragedy and healing, compelling personal dramas about reinventing our world with the power of our imaginations, as well as a riveting documentary about the search for social justice right here in the United States of America.

This latest Canada Now selection includes daring and impressive works by both veteran filmmakers and new Canadian visions by emerging directorial talents.

As always, the 2019 Canada Now showcase celebrates the independent spirit that has always been a hallmark of Canadian cinema.

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Series compiled by Gwen Deglise, Chris LeMaire and Andrew Ameter from a selection made by Tom McSorley, executive director, Canadian Film Institute. Text by Chris LeMaire and Tom McSorley.

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Thursday, Mar 21, 2019 - 7:30pm - Aero Theatre



2018, 96 min, Canada, Dir: Sébastien Pilote.

Los Angeles Premiere!

Winner of Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

As her high school graduation approaches, high-spirited 18-year-old Léo (Karelle Tremblay) can’t wait to get out of her drab small town in Quebec’s hinterland. Tired of her mother’s nagging, her stepfather’s relentless and reactionary right-wing opinions and her absent father, Léo is restless, alienated and bored. That frustration changes, however, when she meets Steve (Pierre-Luc Brillant), a quietly charismatic 30-something guitar teacher who still lives in his mother’s basement. Taking guitar lessons from Steve proves to be a catalyst for change in Léo, and their unlikely friendship will transform both forever. In French with English subtitles.

Discussion after the feature with director Sébastien Pilote, followed by a reception in the lobby all ticket buyers

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Friday, Mar 22, 2019 - 7:30pm - Aero Theatre



2018, 111 min, Canada, Dir: Don McKellar

Double Feature!

This adaptation of Joseph Boyden's 2008 novel of the same name follows a Cree family's traumatic upheaval after the disappearance of a relative in Toronto. Told in a series of flashbacks through the eyes of both her twin sister, Annie (Tanaya Beatty), and her uncle Bill (Brandon Oakes), who is mysteriously in a coma as the story begins, the film recounts the family's year-long reckoning with Suzanne's sudden absence from the tight-knit community in Moosonee, Ontario. Equal parts a slow-burn mystery and a surreal family drama, THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE is a thoughtful exploration of indigenous culture in Northern Ontario.

Q&A with director, Don McKellar and producer, Robert Lantos.

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2018, Screen Media, 105 min, Canada, Dir: Akash Sherman

Los Angeles Premiere!

Astronomy professor Isaac Bruno (Patrick J. Adams) is obsessed with searching the cosmos for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Faced with skepticism within his university department and denied further funding, Isaac is determined to continue his research and advertises for an unpaid research assistant. In walks young Clara (Troian Bellisario), an artist who shares Isaac’s deep fascination with space. Their unlikely scientific collaboration soon brings them to the brink of a monumental discovery. It also brings them closer together and, although Isaac thinks that “outer space is a safer bet than love,” Clara’s arrival just might change his mind.

Special appearance from CLARA co-star, Kristen Hagar.

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Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 - 5:00pm - Aero Theatre


"FIRECRACKERS is not nearly as casually joyful as its title suggests, but it is absolutely as incendiary."

- Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail


2018, 93 min, Canada, Dir: Jasmin Mozaffari

In this remarkable debut from writer-director Jasmin Mozaffari, best friends Lou (Michaela Kurimsky) and Chantal (Karena Evans) dream of abandoning their dreary small town in search of greater opportunity in a big city far away. What stands in their way is Chantal's abusive ex-boyfriend, whose shocking actions incite the girls' need to rebel and exact revenge. But in this male-dominated environment, such revenge comes at a great price. Inspired by traumatic experiences in Mozaffari's youth, FIRECRACKERS is an authentic story of female empowerment, told through a refreshingly unique stylistic approach.

Discussion following with director Jasmin Mozaffari.

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Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 - 7:30pm - Aero Theatre


"A thoughtful interrogation of modern womanhood, leavened by gallows humour."

- Scott Tobias, Variety


2018, 91 min, Canada, Dir: Patricia Rozema

Los Angeles Premiere!

Faced with the sudden death of her mother and wrestling with the responsibility of delivering the eulogy, aspiring writer Cassandra finds solace in her imagination and in her memory, which rapidly become indistinguishable. As the funeral service approaches, Cassandra’s conflicted, complex reflections on her mother intensify and push her life in new and unexpected directions. Moving back and forth in time, the film’s multifaceted narrative probes the intimacies and emotional complexities of how we remember, what we remember and why we remember. Based on the award-winning play staged to acclaim at UCLA last month (playwright Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken co-star in the film as two “versions” of Cassandra), MOUTHPIECE is an inventive, engaging narrative of personal rebirth from the acclaimed director of I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING, MANSFIELD PARK and INTO THE FOREST.

Discussion following with director Patricia Rozema.

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Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 - 5:00pm - Aero Theatre




2018, 107 min, Canada, Dir: Yan Giroux

Los Angeles Premiere!

All his life, Yves (Martin Dubreuil) has dedicated himself to writing poetry, regardless of the cost. After a chance meeting at a book launch, Yves hits on Dyane (Céline Bonnier), a graphic designer who falls for his charms and invites him into her home and her life. Her son (Henri Richer-Picard) takes an immediate dislike to this eccentric stranger but eventually the studious teenager is inspired by the bedraggled poet to explore his own artistic side. But Yves feels increasingly trapped and decides to reinvent himself again - is it too late? Loosely based on the life and work of Quebec poet Yves Boisvert (1950-2012), Giroux’s debut feature is an impressive tale of one man’s unusual quest for the meaning of life. In French with English subtitles.

Discussion following with director Yan Giroux.

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Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 - 7:30pm - Aero Theatre


“An illuminating glimpse at a time when Hugh Hefner was on the cultural cutting edge.”

- Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter


2018, 101 min, Canada, Dir: Brigitte Berman

Los Angeles Premiere!

From the Oscar-winning director of ARTIE SHAW: TIME IS ALL YOU’VE GOT comes this remarkable documentary of one of America’s most influential and controversial cultural icons, Hugh Hefner. In addition to its considered portrait of Hefner as a man of his times who also transcended them, this film features an incredible array of archival footage from his landmark TV series “Playboy's Penthouse” (1959-60) and “Playboy After Dark” (1968-70). Along with martinis and bonhomie, Hef’s shows offered cultural and political insight from luminaries such as Lenny Bruce, Dick Gregory and Gore Vidal, as well as sensational live musical performances by Nina Simone, Joan Baez, Steppenwolf, Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr.

Discussion following with director Brigitte Berman.

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