National Canadian Film Day 2020

This week I received a press release from Elevation Pictures that reported “Canadian film distribution companies have joined efforts to highlight some incredible Canadian films for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their own home”

This is all to celebrate National Canadian Film Day on Wednesday, April 22.

It continues:

“Elevation Pictures, eOne, LevelFILM, MK2 Mile End, Mongrel Media, and Pacific Northwest Pictures have curated a list of their past and present Canadian films to give audiences a chance to discover new Canadian films or revisit past favourites. The films will be included in a collection that will be featured on Apple TV, Telus, Cineplex Store, Rogers and Bell beginning April 22.”

And I’ve confirmed all the following movies in this package are on all those platforms.

Here’s the list of films, some of which I notice are international co-productions. I’ll link the titles to my reviews of the films if I’ve had the chance to see them.

Elevation Pictures
Hyena Road, directed by Paul Gross, starring Rossif Sutherland and Allan Hawco
Indian Horse, directed by Stephen Campanelli, starring Forrest Goodluck and Sladen Peltier
Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, starring Academy Award-winner Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay
Run This Town, directed by Ricky Tollman, starring Mena Massoud, Nina Dobrev and Ben Platt
The Song Of Names, directed by François Girard, starring Tim Roth and Clive Owen

Birthmarked, directed by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, starring Matthew Goode, Toni Collette and Suzanne Clément
The Kindness of Strangers, directed by Lone Scherfig, starring Zoe Kazan, Andrea Riseborough, Tahar Rahim, Jay Baruchel and Bill Nighy
The Young And Prodigious TS Spivet, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis and Callum Keith Rennie
The 9th Life Of Louis Drax, directed by Alexandre Aja, starring Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon and Aaron Paul

Bang Bang Baby, directed by Jeffrey St. Jules, starring Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin, Peter Stormare and Kristin Bruun
Dim The Flourescents, directed by Daniel Warth, starring Claire Armstrong and Naomi Skwarna
Edge of Winter, directed by Rob Connolly, starring Tom Holland and Joel Kinnaman
Suck It Up, directed by Jordan Canning, starring Grace Glowicki and Erin Margurite Carter
The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open, directed by Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, starring Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Violet Nelson, Charlie Hannah, and Barbara Eve Harris

MK2 Mile End
And The Birds Rained Down (Il Pleuvait Ded Oiseaux) directed by Louise Archambault

Mongrel Media
Water, directed by Deepa Mehta, starring Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, John Abraham and Sarala
The Grizzlies, directed by Miranda de Pencier, starring Ben Schnetzer, Will Sasso, Paul Nutarariaq, Anna Lambe,Tantoo Cardinal, Emerald MacDonald and Booboo Stewart
Maudie, directed by Aisling Walsh, starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke
Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley, starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen, with Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky. Narrated by: Alicia Vikander

Pacific Northwest Pictures
Canadian Strain, written and directed by Geordie Sabbagh and starring Jess Salgueiro
Drone, written and directed by Jason Bourque and starring Sean Bean
Falls Around Her, written and directed by Darlene Naponse and starring Tantoo Cardinal
Lavender, directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly and written by Colin Frizzell and Ed Gass-Donnelly and starring Abbie Cornish with music by Sarah Neufel and Colin Stetson
Ben’s At Home, directed by Mars Horodyski and written by Dan Abramovici and Mars Horodyski

For more great Canadian films, check out the National Canadian Film Day website any day of the year, and there’s a category for Canadian movies on CBC Gem, which is free for Canadians. If you’re looking for my reviews of other Canadian movies, click here.

About the author


Carsten Knox is a massive, cheese-eating nerd. In the day he works as a journalist in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At night he stares out at the rain-slick streets, watches movies, and writes about what he's seeing.