Thursday, August 9, 2012

First Weekend Club's Toronto Screening Series starts Aug 9

The First Weekend Club is an organization dedicated to supporting Canadian films. They encourage viewers to attend Canadian films on their all-important first weekend of their theatrical runs, since a strong showing helps keep it in the theatres while a poor showing will result in it getting yanked. Sadly, Canadian films are rarely given the longer runs of American films with comparable box office, so you can never assume that you'll be able to see a Canadian film on a later week.

After running a monthly screening series in Vancouver, they are bringing the series to Toronto. Tonight, they present a special screening of The Whistleblower by Larysa Kondracki and starring Rachel Weisz. The screening takes place at the theatre of the post-production studio Deluxe, 424 Adelaide St East.

There will be a reception at 7pm featuring music by The Weather Station. The screening of the film takes place at 8pm and will be followed by a Q&A with producer Christina Piovesan who will be in attendance. Kondracki will also participate in the Q&A via Skype. All this for just $12 in advance, $14 at the door.

Inspired by actual events, Kathy Bolkovac (Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz) is a Nebraskan police officer who takes a job working for the United Nations as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she unveils a different reality: corruption and cover-up amidst a world of UN contingents, private contractors, and diplomatic doubletalk. From director Larysa Kondracki, The Whistleblower also stars Monica Bellucci, Academy Award nominee David Stathairn and Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave.

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