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Canadian Film Festival: Nanook of the North

 Canadian Film Festival: Nanook of the North7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1922
79 minutes

Directed by Robert Flaherty. One of the earliest attempts to use cinema to take audiences into the life of a culture unfamiliar to many, Flaherty’s classic film tells the story of an Inuit hunter’s struggle to survive in Canada’s Hudson Bay region. It was, upon its release, a tremendous critical and commercial success.

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Canadian Film Festival: Canadian Bacon

 Canadian Film Festival: Canadian Bacon9:00 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14, 2009
Courtyard at Student Residence Halls
Admission: free

1995
95 minutes

When an American president (Alan Alda) decides to boost his approval ratings by waging a war with Canada, patriotic citizens respond enthusiastically by boycotting all things Canadian, including maple syrup and ice skates. Then, a special strike force, led by Sheriff Boomer (John Candy) and his deputy, Honey (Rhea Perlman), undertake to invade Canada, with hilarious international consequences. The film, directed by Michael Moore (of Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11), pokes fun at a wide range of American stereotypes of Canada and Canadians, while also revealing true differences between the two countries.

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Canadian Film Festival: Antanarjuat: The Fast Runner

 Canadian Film Festival: Antanarjuat: The Fast Runner7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

2002
161 minutes

Directed by Zacharias Kunuk. The first full-length Inuit feature film, this epic follows the adventures of Atanarjuat, a young man known for his swiftness, who has to use all his resources to fight for the woman he loves, his life and his community, which has been cursed by an unknown shaman. The film moves deeply into mythic realms and was immediately hailed by many as a masterpiece.

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Canadian Film Festival: Black Robe

 Canadian Film Festival: Black Robe7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

2001
101 minutes

Directed by Bruce Beresford. A young Jesuit priest, nicknamed “Black Robe” by his Algonquin Indian guides, is ordered to travel into the wilderness of 17th-century Canada to convert the Huron Indians. His harrowing journey leads to new understanding of himself, his faith and the spirit of the land and people he seeks to convert.

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Canadian Film Festival: Seducing Dr. Lewis

 Canadian Film Festival: Seducing Dr. Lewis7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

2003
108 minutes
In French with English subtitles

Directed by Jean-François Pouliot. A much-needed boost in the form of a new factory is promised to the residents of a tiny fishing village provided they can lure a doctor to take up full-time residency on the island. Inspired, the villagers devise a scheme to make Dr. Christopher Lewis believe that Ste-Marie-La-Mauderne is the ideal place to live.

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Canadian Film Festival: Glen Gould: Hereafter

 Canadian Film Festival: Glen Gould: Hereafter2:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

In this retrospective 2005 film on the art and life of Glenn Gould, French director Bruno Monsaingeon, who has specialized in music-oriented documentaries on charismatic musicians such as Sviatoslav Richter and Yehudi Menuhin, weaves together archival material, interviews and mesmerizing performances to immerse viewers in Gould’s world as he himself might have composed it.

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Canadian Film Festival: 32 Short Films About Glen Gould

 Canadian Film Festival: 32 Short Films About Glen Gould7:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Directed by François Girard (1993). This innovative pseudo-documentary explores the life and art of the legendary Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould, sensitively and resourcefully portrayed by Colm Feore, from at least 32 intriguing perspectives. The soundtrack is filled with Gould playing Bach, Beethoven, Sibelius, Wagner, and Hindemith.

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Canadian Film Festival: The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

 Canadian Film Festival: The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1974
106 minutes

Director Ted Kotcheff’s adaptation of the most widely known comic novel by the acclaimed Montréal writer, Mordecai Richler, portrays the career of a young man on the make who will stop at nothing to acquire a large parcel of land in Québec’s Laurentian mountains. Starring Richard Dreyfuss in his first major role.

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Canadian Film Festival: Jesus of Montreal

 Canadian Film Festival: Jesus of Montreal7:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1989
120 minutes

Directed by Denys Arcand. As a band of actors undertake to modernize the Passion Play at a famous Montréal shrine, the roles they assume intriguingly begin to possess them, blurring the boundaries between their real lives and their lives onstage.

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Canadian Film Festival: Bon Cop, Bad Cop

 Canadian Film Festival: Bon Cop, Bad Cop7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

2006
117 minutes

Directed by Erik Canuel. When a corpse is found literally straddling the Ontario-Québec border, a fastidious Toronto police officer and his freewheeling French-speaking counterpart are forced to work together to track down a serial killer. In addition to being a compelling action-adventure film full of dark humor, the movie illuminates cultural differences and similarities in a constantly engaging way.

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Canadian Film Festival: The Sweet Hereafter

 Canadian Film Festival: The Sweet Hereafter7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1997
112 minutes

Directed by Atom Egoyan. The haunting adaptation of the novel by Russell Banks traces an opportunistic lawyer’s investigation of a tragic school bus accident as it moves deeper and deeper into the lives and secrets of a small town. Starring Ian Holm and a cast of outstanding Canadian actors. Writer-director Egoyan won Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominations.

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Canadian Film Festival: Away From Her

 Canadian Film Festival: Away From Her7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

2007
110 minutes

Based on a short story by prize-winning Canadian author Alice Munro, director Sarah Polley’s 2007 film sensitively explores the gradually deepening and disturbing impact of Alzheimer’s disease on a couple who have been married for almost 50 years. The film features exquisite performances by Julie Christie and Gordon Pinset.

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