The Dog Who Stopped the War (La guerre des tuques)

Canada On Screen: Feature Films
Canada 1984. Dir: André Mélançon. 92 min. 35mm

FREE SCREENING | 35mm PRINT | The first and arguably best in Montreal producer Rock Demers’s iconic “Tales for All” series, The Dog Who Stopped the War ranks as one of Canada’s most cherished children’s films — on top of being perhaps the perennial holiday movie for Canadian families. It concerns a group of kids on Christmas break who decide to stage a mock war — the “war of the toques” — in the form of an epic, all-consuming snowball fight. The rules are simple: one team defends a snow fort, the other storms it. As the battle escalates and bad-blood between friends develops, a sudden tragedy teaches the children — and those watching — an invaluable lesson about the vanity of war. Directed by the late André Mélançon with restrained sentimentality and palpable care, this canonized classic still resonates today as an affecting anti-war allegory, as well as a celebration of Canada’s wintry wonderments. Dubbed in English.

After the movie, join us for a Skype Q&A with Rock Demers, founder of Les Productions La Fête — dubbed the “Disney of the North” — and the “Tales for All” series, which includes, among others, The Dog Who Stopped the War and The Peanut Butter Solution (screening in February).


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Rock Demers has been involved in all facets of film in Canada. He is the co-founder of the Cinémathèque québecoise, and from 1962-1967, he was the Director-General of the Montreal World Film Festival. In 1980, he founded Les Productions La Fête with the goal of producing an anthology of children’s films under the title “Tales for All.” Thanks to the extraordinary critical and box office success of its first films (which won some 220 national and international awards), the anthology now comprises 24 films. Demers is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.

 


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