Revelstoke is part of Canada on Screen, an ambitious retrospective of 150 seminal Canadian films being screened across the country on April 19th in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Revelstoke will be screening two of these 150 films in an exciting double bill:
Canada on Screen – Double Bill – VENUE CHANGE
Wednesday April 19, 2017 - 5:30pm and 7:30pm
VENUE CHANGE : REVELSTOKE UNITED CHURCH – The corner of Mackenzie Avenue and 3rd Street
FREE SCREENINGS! FREE EVENTS!
The Bitter Ash – Wednesday April 19, 5:30pm
Canada 1963. Dir: Larry Kent. 80 min.
A landmark in Canadian independent cinema, Larry Kent’s nouvelle vague-style look at the bohemian underground of early-’60s Vancouver was practically censored out of existence on its original release due to its frank sexual content.
Practically censored out of existence upon its initial release due to its frank sexual content, the debut feature by Larry Kent is a true landmark in independent Canadian cinema. Set in the burgeoning bohemian/hipster underground of early-’60s Vancouver, The Bitter Ash focuses on Laurie (Lynn Stewart), a young woman who is tiring of her husband Colin’s (Phillip Brown) literary pretensions — not to mention his refusal to work. The couple’s friends are a motley, aimless group, snotty towards outsiders and convinced of their own greatness, even if no one else is. On the outside looking in is Des (Alan Scarfe), a working-class guy with whom Laurie strikes up a friendship, which soon looks like it may lead to something more. A simultaneously sympathetic and caustic portrait of bohemian discontent, The Bitter Ash “conveyed a down-to-earth realism, dramatic tension and sexual eroticism, which came as an unexpected force on screens that were then so empty of Canadian films” (Gerald Pratley).
Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner -Wednesday April 19, 7:30pm
Canada 2001. Dir: Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit). 170 min.
Zacharias Kunuk’s spellbinding epic, the first-ever feature in the Inuktitut language, was voted one of Canada’s All-Time Top Ten films in 2004 and 2015 polls conducted by the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2015, it ranked first — “likely the first time that a film by an indigenous filmmaker has topped a poll of national cinema” (Steve Gravestock, TIFF). Based on a centuries-old Inuit legend, Atanarjuat transports us to an utterly convincing, meticulously recreated pre-Colombian Inuit world, and enthrals us with a mythic, magical tale of love, jealousy, family rivalry, and revenge. The film’s many laurels include the Camera d’Or for best first feature at Cannes — the first (and, to date, only) Canadian film to be so honoured — and the Genie Award for best picture. A memorable and timeless milestone.