This Wednesday, April 18th is National Canadian Film Day, a day all about celebrating Canadian cinema. This year, films from Canadian women are being given the spotlight, which we just think is the greatest thing ever! In anticipation for Wednesday’s nation-wide movie celebration, we have created a list of five films from Canadian women that you should watch this week.

Maudie (2016)

Directed by Aisling Walsh, this film tells the story of Nova Scotia painter Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins). Lewis is seeking independence and dreams of creating art, and answers an ad for a housekeeper posted by a fish salesman (Ethan Hawke). With his support, she overcomes her juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become an artist in this inspiring tale of perseverance.

Never Steady, Never Still (2017)

In this mother and son tale directed by Kathleen Hepburn, Judy (Shirley Henderson) has lived with Parkinson’s for twenty years and her husband and caregiver has just died. Her son, Jamie (Theodore Pellerin), is struggling with the pressure to take care of his mother but to also fill the shoes of his late father.

Picture Day (2012)

In this coming of age film, Claire (Tatiana Maslany) is forced to repeat her senior year in high school, and has a tendency to act out. In the evening, she sneaks out to spend time with rough around the edges rock star Jim, while at school, she bonds with Henry, an awkward freshman she used to babysit. Directed by Kate Melville, this film shows emotional depth and the fine line between being friends or more.

Long Time Running (2017)

Long Time Running follows the final tour of The Tragically Hip after band frontman Gord Downie announced his terminal cancer diagnosis. Directed by Nicholas de Pencier and Jennifer Baichwal, this film features interviews and the final heartbreaking performances.

Window Horses (2016)

This film, directed by Ann Marie Fleming, tells the tale of Rosie, a young poet of Chinese and Persian descent living in Canada. After receiving an invitation to a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, she embarks on a journey that brings her closer to her Persian heritage.

Well, there you go! I encourage you to watch one, two, or all of these films in support of National Canadian Film Day. Women have stories to tell, that need to be told, and they need our support so more and more of these films get made. It is SO important! Check out the National Canadian Film Day website for more information.

Did we miss one of your favourite films directed by a Canadian woman? Let us know what it is in the comments below. Happy (almost) National Canadian Film Day, everybody!

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