National Canadian Film Day
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“An intense experience … As unCanadian in tone as it is Canadian in its landscape and subject matter."

Amnon Buchbinder, VIFF

A lost classic of Canadian cinema, Ryszard Bugajski’s criminally underseen 1991 thriller has Canadian liberalism and Indigenous mysticism facing off in an explosive confrontation over logging and land rights. Adapted from a Governor General’s Award-winning novel by M.T. Kelly, the harrowing tale begins as a seemingly routine social-issue drama about a First Nations blockade, then abruptly veers off into Tarantino-style mayhem. Graham Greene, fresh off his Oscar-nominated turn in Dances with Wolves, plays mysterious Arthur, an Indigenous avenging angel who kidnaps and brutalizes a hapless activist lawyer (Ron Lea) and a pulp-mill manager (Michael Hogan). Is Arthur a Guilty White Liberal’s worst nightmare come to life? The trickster spirit Wisakedjak? Powerful, provocative, and more timely than ever, this visceral work was the first English-language feature by banned Polish filmmaker Bugajski (Interrogation), who spent a decade in Canada.

Clearcut will be introduced by Allan MacInnis

“Radical and completely uncompromising … The performance by Graham Greene is lethally sarcastic.”

Hal Hinson, Washington Post

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Acknowledgments

The Cinematheque is pleased to mark National Canadian Film Day, a one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration designed to bring Canadians together to watch Canadian films. Launched in 2014 and organized by REEL CANADA, National Canadian Film Day is held each year in April.

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Allan MacInnis is a freelance writer and former video store geek whose writing on film has been published in CineAction, the Georgia Straight, and elsewhere. He is also a music journalist and record collector. His blog is Alienated in Vancouver.

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