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The Enlightened Screen: Carl Bessai
June 26, 2014

Welcome to the fifth installment of our ongoing screening and guest artist series with Canada’s leading independent filmmakers. The Canadian Film Institute is proud to present the critically-acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker, Carl Bessai.
Born in Edmonton and based in Vancouver, Carl Bessai is a talented and prolific independent director, producer, writer and cinematographer. His award winning feature films have won international critical acclaim at numerous festivals including Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto, and have been released theatrically around the world.
Since his first feature Johnny (1999), which garnered a special jury citation at the Toronto International Film Festival, Bessai has emerged as a versatile and consistently impressive filmmaker. His protean work ranges from edgy experimental fiction to light comedy to intense psychological drama. Bessai is also well-known for his daring improvisational filmmaking process. As he has described, “The narrative becomes an outline and from the dialogue and a bit of workshopping comes the series of scenes. Instead of moving from there to a script, you move right into shooting.”
Nominated for a number of Genie, Leo, and winner of festival awards throughout his career, Bessai’s feature fiction films include Johnny (1999), Lola (2001), Emile (2003), Severed (2005), Unnatural & Accidental (2006), Normal (2007), Mothers & Daughters (2009), Cole (2009), Fathers & Sons (2010), Repeaters (2010), Sisters & Brothers (2011), No Clue (2013), and the forthcoming Bad City (2014).
The Canadian Film Institute is honoured to have Carl Bessai present his work in Ottawa as part of our ongoing visiting artist series, The Enlightened Screen.

Carl Bessai  •  Canada  •  2008  •  85 min
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 7:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
Carl Bessai  •  Canada  •  2013  •  96 min
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 9:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.