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My Internship in Canada

Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre

PHILIPPE FALARDEAU
Canada, 2015
108 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Director Philippe Falardeau

Academy Award®-nominated director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar, FFDC 2012) returns with a funny, biting, timely political satire in which politicians, citizens, and lobbyists go head to head as they tear democracy to shreds. My Internship in Canada opens as a Conservative minority government is tabling legislation that will send the country to war. When one of their MPs falls ill, the deciding vote is left to independent Steve Guibord (Starbuck's Patrick Huard), a former hockey player whose pro career fizzled due to his fear of flying. Pressure comes from all sides, even at home, but salvation arrives in the form of new intern Souverain (Irdens Exantus), a Haitian student who knows more about the ins and outs of the Canadian system than Steve does. Reminiscent of Ealing comedies such as The Mouse That Roared, My Internship in Canada exposes Canadians' ingrained tendency to focus on the regional instead of the wider picture, taking for granted the unique system that makes their democracy function. Not surprisingly, it takes someone from another country to explain it. This film is the winner of the Toronto Film Critics Association Award, Best Canadian Feature Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Canada's Top Ten Film Festival People's Choice Award.—Toronto International Film Festival

In French, Creole, and English with English subtitles

Followed by a reception.

CLOSING NIGHT, THE LIGHTER SIDE

My Internship in Canada

Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre

PHILIPPE FALARDEAU
Canada, 2015
108 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Director Philippe Falardeau

Academy Award®-nominated director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar, FFDC 2012) returns with a funny, biting, timely political satire in which politicians, citizens, and lobbyists go head to head as they tear democracy to shreds. My Internship in Canada opens as a Conservative minority government is tabling legislation that will send the country to war. When one of their MPs falls ill, the deciding vote is left to independent Steve Guibord (Starbuck's Patrick Huard), a former hockey player whose pro career fizzled due to his fear of flying. Pressure comes from all sides, even at home, but salvation arrives in the form of new intern Souverain (Irdens Exantus), a Haitian student who knows more about the ins and outs of the Canadian system than Steve does. Reminiscent of Ealing comedies such as The Mouse That Roared, My Internship in Canada exposes Canadians' ingrained tendency to focus on the regional instead of the wider picture, taking for granted the unique system that makes their democracy function. Not surprisingly, it takes someone from another country to explain it. This film is the winner of the Toronto Film Critics Association Award, Best Canadian Feature Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Canada's Top Ten Film Festival People's Choice Award.--Toronto International Film Festival

In French, Creole, and English with English subtitles

Followed by a reception.


Sunday, April 24
4:00 PM
$25.00

Goverment of the District of Columbia
Office of Quebec

Trailers may not have subtitles but all of our foreign language films do.
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Philippe Falardeau (Director/Writer)

Philippe Falardeau is an award winning French-Canadian director and screenwriter who got his start in the industry after competing in and winning a popular Canadian television series called La course destination monde in 1988. His feature debut, The Left-Hand Side of the Fridge (2000), won Best Canadian First Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as the Claude Jutra Award at the Genie Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars). His subsequent films include Monsieur Lazhar (2011), which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, and Congorama (2006), which won Best Original Screenplay at the Genies.

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