Carmen - Free Screening

This screening took place on Friday, October 27, 2023 at 6:15 pmYukon Theatre

Free screening! Writer/ director Valerie Buhagiar in attendance for a post-screening Q&A!

In a small Mediterranean village, Carmen has looked after her brother, the local priest, for her entire life. When the Church abandons Carmen, she is mistaken for the new priest. Carmen begins to see the world, and herself, in a new light. This cheeky and heart-warming drama stars Natascha McElhone (Halo, The Truman Show, Solaris, City of Ghosts) and was written and directed by Canadian actor and filmmaker Valerie Buhagiar. 100% on Rottentomatoes.

This screening includes Valerie's short film: L’amour L’amour Shut the Door Por Favor, 1998, CA, 10 minutes

Recommended for ages 13+ for mature themes.

Natascha McElhone is a wonder in writer-director Valerie Buhagiar’s charming dramedy “Carmen,” a film about a long-overlooked woman who finally comes out of her shell and puts a lifetime of silent observations to use. - Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

Valerie Buhagiar is an award winning Toronto based actor and filmmaker. At 18 years of age she toured China, the U.S. and Canada as a Puppeteer. She is a scholarship Graduate of George Brown’s Acting Program and a three time Dora Mavor Moore award winner. Valerie first gained international recognition playing the leading roles in Bruce McDonald’s Highway 61 and Roadkill. She has been a host for The Showcase Revue and has appeared as a guest star in various T.V. episodics and several Independent features.

The Passion of Rita Camilleri was Valerie’s writing, directing and producing debut. The film has won several international prizes. The Karlovy Vary film Festival held a retrospective of Valerie’s work as an actor and a filmmaker. Other filmmaking credits include: One Day I Stood Still, L’amour L’amour Shut the Door Por Favor and BoomBoom Baby Wants to Go. She has directed a Public Service Announcement for Centre of Opportunity, Respect and Empowerment (C.O.R.E), a biography on Colin Linden for the Toronto Arts Awards and two Bravo!FACT shorts entitled Pictures from Home and Omneya – Wish. Valerie also directed the Festival of Lights, a parade full of vignettes set on rooftops of Toronto’s Kensington Market, as well as video images for Theatre Gargantua’s production of Nod. Tell Us the Truth Josephine – a bitter immigrant story and Small, Stupid and Insignificant both won the best experimental film at the Female Eye Film Festival. She also directed The Fall of Grace, a short film for the National Theatre School of Canada, and Black Hole, a music video for Joey Wright.

Valerie can be seen on the small screen as well with recent roles including a guest star spot on the CBC hit series The Border and in a recurring role on the international hit series Degrassi, NBC’s Beauty and the Beast, Murdoch Mysteries , The Expanse Season 2 and most recently WB Titans.

Valerie’s second feature film It’s Hard to Be Human has finished it’s festival run and won BEST CANADIAN FEATURE at the Female Eye Film Festival. It has worldwide distribution. Her first feature film, The Anniversary, won BEST NARRATIVE COMEDY at Cinequest and an Actra nomination for Best Actor for Colin Mochrie. Her third feature film Carmen is a Maltese/Canadian co-production, shot in Malta and starring Natascha McElhone. Valerie has two feature films in development.

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