75 Years A HISTORY of looking forward

NFB moment of the week

What do you call a group of women sharing stories while stranded in the wilderness?

The Company of Strangers!

Receiving a standing ovation at the 47th Venice International Film Festival in 1990, Cynthia Scott’s The Company of Strangers has delighted and touched audiences worldwide with its tale of a group of women who barely know each other sharing their life stories.

Directed by Oscar®-winning director, producer, screenwriter and editor Cynthia Scott, this film was a surprise hit in both Canada and the US, playing in Toronto theatres for over 5 months and raking in over $1M of revenue in the US. Audiences and critics alike were delighted with the film. (You can learn more about this film and the rest of the NFB’s biggest box office successes on our blog).

The film was largely improvised and each woman based the character she was playing on her own personal experiences, thereby creating a charming atmosphere of intimacy and authenticity.

The NFB has a rich history of creating films for, by, and about women, including in the heyday of Studio D, which was the world’s first feminist film production studio. Over the course of 22 years, Studio D had enormous success and gained international notoriety, with 3 of its films bringing home Oscars®: I’ll Find a Way, If You Love This Planet and Flamenco at 5:15.

You can learn more about the female pioneers who have shaped the NFB and Canadian cinema across generations on our blog.

Don’t forget to check back here every Monday for a brand new NFB Moment of the week, in which we’ll feature one of our many iconic films from the past 75 years.

More NFB Moments

Beginning May 2, 2014, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) marks 75 years of innovation and leadership in social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, and most recently, groundbreaking interactive works. The NFB has produced over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 8 Webbys, 9 Canadian Screen Awards, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.