2019 SPECTRUM FILM FESTIVAL: KANARIE

| 2018 | 2 hrs 3 mins. | | , , ,

Saturday April 27, 2019, 7:30 PM


$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
Free for Teenagers
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Presented by event sponsor MV Bank

Set in South Africa in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion, and war, CANARY follows a teen boy, Johan Niemand, who has always been bullied in his small town for his flair for British new wave music and love of Boy George. After he gets called on by the military and auditions for the Canaries (the South African Defence Force Church Choir and Concert Group), he believes the choir will be his ticket out of fighting the war, but he begins to see the role he plays in the oppression and injustice around him. On tour, he develops feelings for a fellow Canary and he starts to question everything he knows about himself, leading to a confrontation with his commanding officers.

Kanarie is a love story. A film about finding individuality in a world of oppression and uniformity.

"This surprisingly fun musical examines the effects of nationalism on a tender soul, and the bond of brotherhood among misfits." - IndieWire

"Olwagen's third feature is a winning combination of thoughtfulness and exuberance that could translate into international theatrical play beyond its fest run." - Hollywood Reporter

Kanarie won the following awards at film festivals around the globe:
Best Director: Christiaan Olwagen – Silwerskerm Festival, Cape Town
Best Picture: Silwerskerm Festival, Cape Town
Best Editing: Eva du Preez – Silwerskerm Festival, Cape Town
Best Set Design: Rocco Pool – Silwerskerm Festival, Cape Town
Best Supporting Actor: Germandt Geldenhuys – Silwerskerm Festival, Cape Town
Best Narrative Feature: 36th Reeling Film Festival, Chicago
Best Director: Out on Film, Atlanta
Best Narrative Feature: Out on Film, Atlanta
Best International Narrative: Out on Film, Atlanta
Best Director: Out on Film, Atlanta
Runner-up: Audience choice for Best International Film, Out on Film, Atlanta
Runner-up: Jury Award for Best Feature, OUTshine Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale
Best LGBTQ film: Cape Town International Film Market & Festival
Special Mention: NEWfest, the NYC LGBT Film Festival

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