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Catch some Canadian cinema for free this week

By Phil de Semlyen

Canada, eh? It's a land of many fine things – people, landscapes, antlered ruminants, syrup – but it’s rarely heralded for its filmmaking, despite boasting talents of the stature of David Cronenberg, Sarah Polley and Denis Villeneuve. 

Well, forget everything you think you knew (as trailer voiceover man might say). Staging Canada at Expo67 kicks off at Hackney’s Institute of Light and the BFI Southbank this week with an array of radical cine-treats, music and talks related to Montreal’s radical Expo67. It will be, to coin a phrase, Quebectacular.  

On the bill are ‘Kid Sentiment’, Jacques Godbout’s sharp-edged look at Quebecois youth culture in the ‘60s, ‘Entre la Mer et l'Eau Douce’ (‘Between Salt and Sweet Water’), Michel Brault’s New Wave-y masterpiece, and ‘Miracles of Modern Medicine’, a still-provocative short by director Robert Cordier that examines medical procedures with the kind of full-frontal candour even Dr Drake Ramoray would admire.  

Best of all, the opening two days are entirely free. Just sign up at the Eventbrite website to register.

Staging Canada at Expo67 starts at Hackney’s Institute of Light on Wednesday and closes with a screening of ‘The Films of Expo67’ at BFI Southbank on Sat Nov 4.

For the best of Canadian life in London, check out Time Out’s Canuck-ipedia. There’s also a poutine pop-up to enjoy later this week.

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