Political Satire at its Best

Saturday 23 January 2016

Tapas and drinks in the Water Court Foyer at 5 pm
Film screening in the Auditorium at 6:30 pm, followed by a conversation with
Oscar-nominated Director Philippe Falardeau and TIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling

Film: Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre [My Internship in Canada]
The Gallery opens its doors on a Saturday evening for a special screening of Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre [My Internship in Canada]. This lighthearted political satire by Oscar-nominated director Philippe Falardeau is part of Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, TIFF’s wintertime celebration of the country’s best features and shorts.

Actor Patrick Huard plays Steve Guibord, an independent member of Parliament who finds himself having to decide whether Canada will go to war. While touring his riding with his Haitian intern (Irdens Exantus) and his family to consult with constituents, politicians, citizens and lobbyists clash without restraint, shattering democracy into a thousand pieces. Reminiscent of comedies such as The Mouse That Roared, Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre exposes Canadians’ ingrained tendency to focus on the regional instead of the wider picture, taking for granted the unique system which makes our democracy function. Not surprisingly, it takes someone from another country to explain it to us.

108 min | CAN | French with English subtitles | 2015 Comedy – Director: Philippe Falardeau

Onstage Conversation

Oscar-nominated Director Philippe Falardeau and
TIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling

Watch the film and then stay for the onstage conversation.

Philippe Falardeau studied political science at the University of Ottawa. His film Congorama was presented at the close of the Directors’ Fortnight program at Cannes in 2006. In 2011, Monsieur Lazhar was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre is his sixth feature-length film.

As the Director and Chief Executive Officer of TIFF, Piers Handling is responsible for leading the organization’s operational and artistic growth. Under his direction, TIFF has grown to become an internationally renowned cultural institution. Handling has curated numerous film retrospectives, presented programmes of Canadian cinema, sat on festival juries all around the world, and has published extensively on Canadian cinema.

Film in French with English subtitles. Conversation in English with a bilingual question period. French simultaneous interpretation available for the post-film conversation, if request made to before 15 January 2016.

Director Philippe Falardeau
Photo: TIFF
TIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling
Photo: George Pimentel, WireImage/Getty for TIFF

Tapas Package

KW Catering is pleased to offer a tapas package in the Water Court Foyer starting at 5 pm.

  • Gourmet Poutine, fries cooked in duck fat, smoked duck, oka cheese, house duck sauce
  • Chorizo Corndog, Haitian rum and honey mustard
  • Miniature Beaver Tails



Film Only

Tapas Package
Includes 3 tapas and a drink*




NGC Member Admission
(Become a Member)



Taxes included.

There are reserved rows for patrons who purchase the film and tapas package.

The film will start at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium.**
Doors will open 30 minutes before the screening.

  • * Additional tickets available at cash bar: $7 each per tapas.
  • ** Wheelchair accessible. Please ask staff for assistance.

TIFF and Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival at the Gallery

As part of its expanded partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival, the National Gallery of Canada is proud to be one of the chosen venues for Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. Now in its 15th year, the Festival is a wintertime tradition that showcases this country’s best features, shorts, and student shorts. In additional to featuring great films, each screening at the Gallery also includes a presentation by a special guest. Enjoy an evening of film, food and conversation in a unique forum.

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