Times4pm / 7pm
LocationRichmond Cultural Centre, Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC, Canada Event Website
A double bill of critically acclaimed films will mark National Canadian Film Day 150 at the Richmond Cultural Centre on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Hosted by the Richmond Media Lab, in collaboration with the Richmond Public Library, Minoru Place Activity Centre and Cinevolution Media Arts Society, the event will celebrate Canada’s culture through celebrated cinema.
At 4 p.m., movie fans of all ages are invited to a matinee screening of Snowtime!, an animated adaptation of the French-Canadian family film, The Dog Who Stopped the War—a seasonal tradition for Canadian children for more than 30 years. The story, set in a mountain idyll where a group of children end up in a snowball fight, serves as an allegory for human conflict.
Mina Shum’s break-out movie, Double Happiness, starring Sandra Oh as a feisty young Chinese-Canadian living a “double life,” screens at 7 p.m. The story plays with the competing identities of an aspiring actress who is both a respectful daughter from a traditional Chinese family and a modern woman attracted to a Caucasian graduate student. Double Happiness premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1994.
Presented nationally by REEL CANADA, National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) is a massive one-day celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial. On April 19, 2017, great Canadian movies will be available on air, online and on foot at more than 800 screenings in cinemas, libraries, public squares and beyond. With free events happening across every province and territory, many involving Canadian film talent, NCFD 150 promises to be the largest film festival in the world.