Screening Dates
  • November 3, 2023 8:30
  • November 6, 2023 6:30
  • November 9, 2023 8:20
New Restoration

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

Hal Hinson, The Washington Post

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 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 Bugajski, who spent a decade in Canada after his 1982 film Interrogation was banned in his native Poland.

An intense experience … As unCanadian in tone as it is Canadian in its landscape and subject matter.” Amnon Buchbinder, VIFF

The November 3 screening will be introduced by Allan MacInnis and feature a post-screening Q&A with Clearcut composer Shane Harvey. Severin Films, who restored and re-released Clearcut, will have Blu-ray copies of the film for sale in our lobby.

50% of ticket proceeds will benefit the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)


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

Shane Harvey has composed scores for numerous film and television works, including several directed by Ryszard Bugajski. His music for Middlemen (2000) won him the IFTC Award for Best Original Score. As a jazz performer, he has dazzled audiences with his unique Chet Baker Tribute show.