Oscar Winning Canadian Film Series
The Library will be screening eleven exceptional Canadian films that were awarded Oscars at the Academy Awards.
Day 1 (Feb 1, 2pm and 7pm) – Classics – Churchill’s Island (1941), Neighbours (1952), Ill find My Way (1977)
Churchill’s Island (1941) – Academy Award Winner as the Best Documentary Film of 1942. A War documentary telling the story of the people of Britain as they resist the German air force and navy with help from North America.
Director: Stuart Legg
Run Time: 21 minutes
Neighbours (1952) – Academy Award Winner as the Best Documentary Film of 1952. A surreal story of two neighbours’ destructive feud over a flower that straddles their property line.
Director: Norman McLaren
Run Time: 8 minutes
Ill find a Way (1977) – Academy Award Winner for Best Live Action Short Film of 1978. This film follows Nadia DeFranco, who has spina bifida, through some of her daily activities as she goes to school, works with her therapists, visits her relatives and lives life with her family.
Director: Beverley Shaffer
Run Time: 26 minutes
Day 2 (Feb 8, 2pm and 7pm) – Time of Change – The Sand Castle (1977), Special Delivery (1978), Every Child (1979), If you Love this Planet (1982)
The Sand Castle (1977) – Academy Award Winner of the Best Animated Short Film in 1978. On a sandy desert, a man made of sand constructs other sand creatures to help make a beautiful sand castle for themselves.
Director: Co Hoedeman
Run Time: 13 minutes
Special Delivery (1978) – Academy Award Winner of the Best Animated Short Film in 1979. A hapless husband neglects to clear the icy walk, which leads to the mailman slipping and breaking his neck. A comedy of errors results from his attempts to hide the body.
Directors: Eunice Macaulay, John Weldon
Run Time: 7 minutes
Every Child (1979) – Academy Award Winner of the Best Animated Short Film in 1980. An abandoned baby is repeatedly left on a series of doorsteps in a well to do community, only to be rejected by each in turn until the infant arrives at the one social group that shows any concern and compassion.
Director: Eugene Fedorenko
Run Time: 6 minutes
If you Love this Planet (1982) – Academy Award Winner of the Best Documentary Short Subject in 1983. An Australian pediatrician gives a speech on the consequences of a nuclear war.
Director: Terre Nash
Run Time: 26 minutes
Day 3 (Feb 15, 2pm and 7pm) – New Era – Flamenco at 5:15 (1983), Bob’s Birthday (1993), Ryan (2004), The Danish Poet (2006)
Director: Cynthia Scott
Run Time: 29 minutesBob’s Birthday (1994) – Academy Award Winner of the Best Animated Short Film in 1995. A devoted and happily-married housewife organises a surprise party on the occasion of her husband’s birthday, unbeknownst to her that her dentist spouse is experiencing a sudden mid-life crisis at his office.
Directors: David Fine, Alison Snowden
Run Time: 12 minutes
Ryan (2004) – Academy Award Winner of the Best Animated Short Film in 2005. The movie talks about the life of Ryan Larkin, a gifted Canadian animator of the late ’60s and the early ’70s.
Director: Christ Landreth
Run Time: 14 minutes
The Danish Poet (2006) – Academy Award Winner of the Best Animated Short Film in 2007. A woman ponders over the strange coincidences that made her forefathers and -mothers meet and create the premises for her becoming the person that she is.
Director: Torill Kove
Run Time: 15 minutes