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Week 2 of Bright Nights!
Friday, 17 February 2017
Bright Nights: the Baltic Nordic Film Festival continues this weekend, bringing you a mixed bag of fantastic film from across the Atlantic! On February 17th and 18th, come see four Ottawa premieres presented in partnership with the embassies of Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, and Finland!

If you were at our launch party, check this picture out and see if you can spot yourself!

Where is it being held?

Each of this year's screenings will take place at Carleton University's gorgeous Richcraft Hall, located at 9376 University Dr., at the corner of University and Campus Ave.

How do I get there?

Getting to the venue is a breeze! Carleton University is easily accessible by OCTranspo bus routes #4 and #7. If you are coming by the Transitway, take any O-Train to the 'Carleton' stop, then it's a mere two minute walk South to Richcraft Hall.

Note: If you are driving to the Festival, avoid the cold and park inside: Richcraft Hall has a parking garage in its basement (P16). It may not be free, but it is warm! Simply park and ride the elevator up to the Theatre!

Additional parking is available nearby in lot P-9 around the corner — just look for the green or white "P" signs.

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets are available both online and at the box office, and admission is $13, or $9 for CFI members, students, and seniors.

To purchase tickets online, navigate to the appropriate film's page on our website. All films are listed below.

Don't want to buy online? No problem; the CFI box office opens 30 minutes before each screening right outside the theatre.

Can't wait! What's playing this weekend?

Set in the early 1960s, the unlikely hero of the award-winning Dawn (Latvia, Feb 17, 7:00PM) is Janis, a Young Pioneer living on a farm commune in Soviet-occupied Latvia. Indoctrinated to believe in the utopia promised by communism, Janis betrays his drunken, murderous father to the authorities. His actions will soon have strange and tragic consequences.

Kids will love Lotte and the Moonstone Secret (Estonia, Feb 18, 2:00PM), an exciting animated film in which plucky young Lotte embarks on an adventure with her uncle Klaus to solve the mystery of three magical stones. Animated fun for the whole family! Kids 12 and under get in for only $6!

Long Story Short (Denmark, Feb 18, 4:00PM) is the story of Ellen, her friends, and their more or less self-inflicted complications of love and longing for romantic redemption. The story is a summary of three years of love-related highs and lows for the group, told through eight chapters, each of them set at a party. An ensemble drama-comedy about a group of people struggling with how to realize their dreams of the perfect relationship and true love.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Finland, Feb 18, 7:00PM) is an underdog story shot in black and white, the film centres on Mäki's historic fight in with American boxing champion Davey Moore. This debut feature from director Ricardas Marcinkus won top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.

Click here for general information about the Bright Nights Film Festival!

See you there!

Laila Pakalnina  •  Latvia  •  2015  •  96 min
Friday, February 17, 2017, 7:00 pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University
Latvian, English sub-titles
 
Heiki Ernits, Janno Poldma  •  Estonia  •  2011  •  75 min
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 2:00 pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University
English
 
May el-Toukhy   •  Denmark  •  2015  •  100 min
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 4:00 pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University
Danish, German, English sub-titles
 
Juho Kuosmanen  •  Finland  •  2016  •  92 min
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 7:00 pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University
Finnish, English sub-titles

 

 
This Weekend at Bright Nights!
Thursday, 09 February 2017
It's finally here!

The 7th annual edition of Bright Nights: the Baltic Nordic Film Festival kicks off this weekend! Between February 10th and 18th, see eight films — never before seen in Ottawa — from across the Atlantic: Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, and Norway.

Consider this your one stop survival guide for everything to do with the Festival.

Where is it being held?

Each of this year's screenings will take place at Carleton University's gorgeous Richcraft Hall (formerly known as the River Building), featuring high definition projection and comfy seats. Richcraft Hall is located at 9376 University Dr., at the corner of University and Campus Ave.

How do I get there?

Getting to the venue is a breeze! Carleton University is easily accessible by OCTranspo bus routes #4 and #7. If you are coming by the Transitway, take any O-Train to the 'Carleton' stop, then it's a mere two minute walk South to Richcraft Hall.

Note: If you are driving to the Festival, avoid the cold and park inside: Richcraft Hall has a parking garage in its basement (P16). It may not be free, but it is warm! Simply park and ride the elevator up to the Theatre!

Additional parking is available nearby in lot P-9 around the corner — just look for the green or white "P" signs.

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets are available both online and at the box office, and admission is $13, or $9 for CFI members, students, and seniors.

Want to see everything? Full Festival passes are available for $40, for CFI members only.

Not a member? Save $50 over the course of the Festival by signing up and purchasing a pass!

To purchase tickets online in advance, simply go to the appropriate film's page on our website. All films are listed below.

Don't want to buy online? No problem; the CFI box office opens 30 minutes before each screening right outside the theatre.

Fantastic! What's playing this weekend?

Glad you asked! Click for full event details

See you at the Festival!

 
The Bright Nights Film Festival Trailer has been released!
Wednesday, 01 February 2017
We are proud to unveil this year's trailer for Bright Nights: the Baltic-Nordic Film Festival! Enjoy!


For more information about Bright Nights, click here!
 
Bright Nights Kicks Off With a Bang - February 2!
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
On February 2nd, join the Canadian Film Institute as we kick off the 7th annual edition of Bright Nights: The Baltic Nordic Film Festival!

The Bright Nights Launch Party is one-of-a-kind experience, presented in support of the festival in partnership with the Embassies of Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Lithuania, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Enjoy the live entertainment, a screening of a rare film, complimentary food and drink samples courtesy of the host countries, and more! You don’t want to miss it.

The main entertainment for the evening will be a collaborative cinematic performance breathing sound into the Norwegian silent film Under forvandlingens lov / Under the Law of Change (dir. Halfdan Nobel Roede, 1911, 27 min) – the oldest Norwegian film to survive in its entirety! The film will be accompanied by live music, created specifically for this presentation by local musicians Chime of Wrens & Depth of Field .

"Camillo and Fancisca discover that their spouses, Julia and Arthus, are having an affair. They sedate the two and lock them into cages, until they get sick of each other.”

Come out, bring your pals and enjoy a chilled-out-night-out while supporting the arts, local talent, and a great collection of films from the Baltic-Nordic region.

This event will take place in the Arts Court Studio at 2 Daly Ave., on the second floor. Doors open at 6:30PM and the presentation will begin at 7:00PM.

Admission: $7.00 (HST incl.) in advance, $10 at the door.  

Get your tickets early — tickets are on sale now!
 
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