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The Enlightened Screen: Alan Zweig (Hurt)
dir. Alan Zweig
Canada, 120 minutes

Arts Court Theatre, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 7:00 pm
Welcome back to the latest instalment of our ongoing screening and guest artist series with Canada’s leading independent filmmakers, which has previously featured the cinema of Peter Mettler (Toronto), Gary Burns (Calgary), Catherine Martin (Montreal), William D. MacGillivray (Lunenberg), Carl Bessai (Vancouver)), and Alanis Obomsawin (Montreal), and Brandon Cronenberg (Toronto). In this eighth edition, the Canadian Film Institute is proud to present the impressive works of two talented Canadian filmmakers, Alan Zweig and Wiebke von Carolsfeld.

HURT (dir. Alan Zweig, Canada, 2015, 84 min.)
Hurt (dir. Alan Zweig, Canada, 2015)Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig here profiles one-time Canadian national hero Steve Fonyo, who raised millions of dollars for cancer research with his 1984-85 coast-to-coast run. Three decades ago, Steve Fonyo, an 18-year-old who, like Terry Fox, had lost a leg to cancer, became both a national hero and the youngest recipient of the Order of Canada when he ran across the country to raise funds for research. Since that incredible cross-Canada run, his life has been, to say the least, troubled. Fonyo has experienced substance abuse, jail time, and the public disgrace of government stripping him of his Order of Canada. And yet his life goes on, and we get, in this remarkable cinematic portrait of him, occasional glimpses of the awkward teenager who had the perseverance to complete that extraordinary journey back in 1985. “Though Fonyo's story is transfixing, it is director Alan Zweig's empathy and wit that lift this documentary to the level of contemporary classics like Crumb. Zweig (When Jews Were Funny) shows us a Canada seldom seen onscreen — and rarely with such impact.” - Steve Gravestock (TIFF). Winner, Platform Prize, Toronto International Film Festival 2015.

Alan Zweig will attend the screening to introduce and discuss his film.

Alan Zweig is a Canadian documentary filmmaker known for often using film to explore his own life. His films span a variety of topics through interviews with subjects – record collecting, curmudgeons, single women, ex-convicts, ‘reasons to live’ and Jewish humour. His previous film, When Jews Were Funny, an exploration of the role of Jewish comedians in North American comedy and humour, won the Best Canadian Feature Film prize at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Zweig’s multiple award-winning filmography includes Vinyl (2000), Family Secrets (2003), I, Curmudgeon (2004), Lovable (2007), A Hard Name (2007), and When Jews Were Funny (2013).

Venue and Tickets
Arts Court Theatre is located at 2 Daly Avenue. Take Elevator B to the 2nd Floor. Street parking only.
Tickets are available at the door: $13 general admission / $9 for CFI Members, students, and seniors (65+).
You must present valid id for discounted price. Cash only.
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