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Explore the art of filmmaking at the National Gallery of Canada

Thursday 27 April – Sunday 30 April 2017
The National Gallery of Canada is proud to present an exploration into the worlds of visual and cinematographic art as the Toronto International Film Festival’s official Ottawa partner for the Canada's Top Ten Film Festival National Tour. Join us for a unique film festival experience, where cinema and conversation unite.

Can’t decide which films to attend?
You don’t have to!

The Festival Pass gets you access to all five film screenings for a reduced price.

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Films On View

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APR
2017

Angry Inuk

Angry Inuk examines the impact of seal-hunting protests on Inuit communities in Canada and around the world. Part exposé, part personal documentary and part community portrait, the film charts the history of the anti-sealing movement. View Trailer

5:30 pm: Enjoy a drink and a treat in the Water Court Foyer before the film. Tulips and Maple is offering cash bar service, and a variety of sweets and flavoured popcorn.

6:30 pm: Film screening in the Auditorium, followed by an onstage conversation with filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Natan Obed, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President. Discussion in English with a bilingual Q & A.

Day-of online purchase not available. If you wish to buy same-day tickets, please call 1-888-541-8888 or 613-998-8888 or purchase at the door.

Partner Event
Join Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami for an evening of Arctic food, Inuit culture and northern networking at Taste of the Arctic, taking place on 17 May 2017 at the National Gallery of Canada. For more information, visit www.itk.ca/atota

82 min | Canada | 2016 | Inuktitut and English with English subtitles | G | Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril | Discussion in English with a bilingual Q & A.
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28
APR
2017

Old Stone

For taxi driver Lao Shi, every day of work is a fight for his family’s basic economic survival. One day, he accidentally hits a motorcyclist. Lao drives the injured man to the hospital himself, only to discover that he’s now legally responsible for the medical bills. Ma’s film begins as a carefully observed social-realist drama and turns into a furious, bloody noir that takes us out of the city and onto the dark roads at its outskirts. View Trailer

5:30 pm: Enjoy a drink and a treat in the Water Court Foyer before the film. Tulips and Maple is offering cash bar service, and a variety of sweets and flavoured popcorn.

6:30 pm: Film screening in the Auditorium with taped introduction by filmmaker Johnny Ma, followed by a discussion with Piers Handling, TIFF CEO. Discussion in English with a bilingual Q & A.

Day-of online purchase not available. If you wish to buy same-day tickets, please call 1-888-541-8888 or 613-998-8888 or purchase at the door.

80 min | Canada and China | 2016 | Mandarin with English subtitles | Discussion in English with a bilingual Q & A | 14A | Director: Johnny Ma
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29
APR
2017

Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming)

Rosie is a young Canadian poet of Chinese and Persian descent, living in Vancouver and dreaming of an artistic and glamorous life abroad. After receiving an invitation to a poetry festival in Iran, she decides to embark on a trip that will change her life. View Trailer.

12:00 pm: Enjoy a drink and a treat in the Water Court Foyer before the film. Tulips and Maple is offering cash bar service, and a variety of sweets and flavoured popcorn.

1:00 pm: Film screening in the Auditorium with taped introduction by filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, followed by a discussion with Chris Robinson, Ottawa International Animation Festival Artistic Director, and giveaways courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada. Discussion in English with a bilingual Q & A.

Day-of online purchase not available. If you wish to buy same-day tickets, please call 1-888-541-8888 or 613-998-8888 or purchase at the door.

Partner event
This year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival will take place from 20-24 September 2017. For more information, visit www.animationfestival.ca.
88 min | Canada | 2016 | English, Farsi and Mandarin | Discussion in English with a bilingual Q & A | PG | Director: Ann Marie Fleming
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29
APR
2017

Nelly

One of the most controversial writers in Quebec history, Nelly Arcan published Putain in 2001, causing a sensation in literary circles with a tale of prostitution based on her own experience in the trade. But with the success of that debut novel came crushing anxieties, all of which found their way into her work. Émond writes the onscreen Nelly as a composite of Arcan’s many personas and her fictional characters, brought to life in an astounding, kaleidoscopic performance by Mylène Mackay. View Trailer

5:30 pm: Enjoy a drink and a treat in the Water Court Foyer before the film. Tulips and Maple is offering cash bar service, and a variety of sweets and flavoured popcorn.

6:30 pm: Film screening in the Auditorium with taped introduction by filmmaker Anne Émond followed by an onstage conversation with Brigitte Haentjens (Artistic Director of NAC French Theatre), Patricia Smart (Professor Emeritus at Carleton University and author of De Marie de l’Incarnation à Nelly Arcan) and Catherine Voyer-Léger (moderator, columnist, and president of the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais). With support from the NAC French Theater and the Embassy of France. Onstage conversation in French with a bilingual Q & A.

Day-of online purchase not available. If you wish to buy same-day tickets, please call 1-888-541-8888 or 613-998-8888 or purchase at the door.


Partner Event
La fureur de ce que je pense
From 24 to 27 May 2017 at the NAC French Theater

A dramatic collage based on the writings of Nelly Arcan, adapted and directed by Marie Brassard, concept and development by Sophie Cadieux. Produced by Infrarouge. Coproduced by NAC French Theatre. Information and ticketing here.
100 min | Canada | 2016 | French with English subtitles | Onstage conversation in French with a bilingual Q & A | 18A | Director: Anne Émond
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30
APR
2017

Those Who Make Revolution Halfway
Only Dig Their Own Graves

(Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau)
Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves was inspired by directors Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie’s speculations about Quebec’s massive 2012 student demonstrations, and what might have happened had the fervour not dissipated. A study of youth and political dogma, the three-hour-long film, which follows four largely middle-class radicals holed up in a dingy bungalow and plotting violent revolution, is like an agitprop fire sale, loaded with incendiary rhetoric. View Trailer

12:00 pm: Enjoy a drink and a treat in the Water Court Foyer before the film. Tulips and Maple is offering cash bar service, and a variety of sweets and flavoured popcorn.

1:00 pm: Film screening in the Auditorium, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Simon Lavoie. Discussion in English with a bilingual Q & A.

Day-of online purchase not available. If you wish to buy same-day tickets, please call 1-888-541-8888 or 613-998-8888 or purchase at the door.

183 min | Canada | 2016 | English and French with English Subtitles | Discussion in French with a bilingual Q & A | 18A | Directors: Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie
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TICKETS

 

Film Only

NGC Member Admission
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$9

General Admission

$12

NGC Member Festival Pass
Become a Member

$40

Festival Pass

$55

Taxes included. Doors will open 30 minutes before the screening. Wheelchair accessible. Please ask staff for assistance.

Festival Pass
Can’t decide which films to attend? You don’t have to! The Festival Pass gets you access to all five film screenings for a reduced price.