Rideau Hall Movie Nights Return with 2 Canadian Films

Caroline Dhavernas and Paul Gross star in Passchendaele. 
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Get a double dose of Canadian films at this year’s Rideau Hall Movie Nights! Hosted by Canada’s Governor General David Johnston, the Rideau Hall Movie Nights screen two Canadian films, Passchendaele (2008 Genie winner for Best Film) and The Passion of Augustine, in Ottawa on August 21 and 22. The films will both screen free of charge courtesy of eOne Films. And there will be free popcorn too!

Friday, August 21 – Passchendaele
Dir. Paul Gross | 2008 | 114 min.
(In English with French subtitles)

Synopsis: Set during the height of the First World War, PASSCHENDAELE tells the story of Sergeant Michael Dunne (Paul Gross), a soldier who is brutally wounded in France and returns to Calgary emotionally and physically scarred. While in the military hospital in Calgary, he meets Sarah (Caroline Dhavernas), a mysterious and attractive nurse with whom he develops a passionate love. When Sarah's younger asthmatic brother David (Joe Dinicol) signs up to fight in Europe, Michael feels compelled to return to Europe to protect him. Michael and David, like thousands of Canadians, are sent to fight in the third battle of Ypres, a battle against impossible odds, commonly known as “Passchendaele”. It is a story of passion, courage and dedication, showing the heroism of those that fought in battle, and of the ones that loved them.

Saturday, August 22 – The Passion of Augustine
Dir. Léa Pool | 2015 | 103 min.
(In French with English subtitles)

Synopsis: Simone Beaulieu, better known as Mother Augustine, runs a convent school for girls in the 1960s.  She has turned the little convent into a musical treasure where the students have won every prestigious music competition in the region.  When her talented but rebellious niece joins the convent and the government threatens to shut down the school in favour of public education, her world is suddenly turned upside down.  She and her fellow nuns are forced to confront the waves of modernity and Mother Augustine herself must search her soul for a new calling.  Can she accept her past in order to move forward?  Or will she perish with tradition?