My American Cousin

Canada On Screen: Feature Films
1985. Dir: Sandy Wilson. 89 min. DCP


6:30pm - Doors
7:30pm - Introduction & Screening of My American Cousin and When the Day Breaks

FREE SCREENING | SANDY WILSON IN PERSON | Now a classic of our national cinema, writer-director Sandy Wilson’s charming film à clef is both an affecting coming-of-age tale and a witty meditation on Canadian-American cultural tensions. Sandy Wilcox (Margaret Langrick) is a preteen growing up in the 1950s in B.C.’s Okanagan, where she’s bored (“Nothing ever happens!”) and also tired of being treated like a child. Everything changes with the arrival of Butch (John Wildman), her dreamy, red-convertible-driving cousin from California, who seems to embody everything exciting Sandy’s been longing for. My American Cousin was a popular hit at home and abroad, and won six Genie Awards — for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actress (Langrick), Actor (Wildman), and Editing (Haida Paul). Arriving on the heels of The Grey Fox, it also solidified B.C.'s ascendance as an important filmmaking centre — and was a rallying cry for women in film everywhere!


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When The Day Breaks
Canada On Screen: Animation

Canada 1999. Dir: Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis. 10 min. DCP

FREE SCREENING | This exquisitely beautiful and compassionate animated short by Alberta natives Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, who met while studying at Vancouver’s Emily Carr College (now University), won a Palme d’Or at Cannes, a Genie at home, and was nominated for an Oscar. In a city populated by farm animals, gentle Ruby the pig seeks comfort after witnessing a tragic accident.


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