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In Memoriam: Peter Harcourt
Monday, 14 July 2014
On July 3rd, 2014, Canada lost one of its greatest intellects, and Canadian cinema culture lost its most passionate, articulate, inspirational champion. Peter Harcourt (1931-2014) was a supremely gifted writer, teacher, and commentator on Canadian cinema specifically and Canadian culture generally.

Everyone involved in Canadian cinema owes a great deal to him. We who work in the field of presenting Canadian film stand on his considerable shoulders and we will continue Peter’s extraordinary legacy by lifting others up onto our own modest ones.

To honour the enormous contributions of this man to film culture in Canada, the Canadian Film Institute will dedicate its 2014-2015 programming season to the memory of Peter Harcourt.

Thank you, Peter. We miss you.

In admiration and with gratitude,

Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Canadian Film Institute

Peter Harcourt
Photo credit: Lois Siegel
Dear Canadian Film Institute supporters...
Wednesday, 02 July 2014
On behalf of all of us at the Canadian Film Institute, thank you so much for an outstanding, record-breaking season of attendance at our Canadian and international film screenings. Your ongoing support and enthusiasm for our programming is gratifying, and we look forward to bringing you the best of world cinema again in the 2014-2015 season.

Have a great summer. We'll see you in the fall with a new and exciting array of festival programming, ongoing guest artist series, and some surprises.


Tom McSorley
Executive Director

Jerrett Zaroski
What to Expect in June from the CFI
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
We're back from attending the 67th Cannes Film Festival with many great films to bring to you in Fall-Winter-Spring 2014-2015.
For now, though, we're very excited about our upcoming June programming, which includes a special spotlight on the emerging and impressive cinema of Ecuador (June 5-7: including an Ottawa premiere and repeat screenings of two gems from previous Latin American Film Festivals) and the 11th Israel Film Festival (June 8-22).
June 2014 will also include a Café Ex screening and artist talk with experimental filmmakers and animators, Clint Enns and Leslie Supnet (June 18). Rounding out the month will be another installment of The Enlightened Screen (June 26), featuring the work of Canadian indie filmmaker, Carl Bessai.
See you at the CFI!
Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Jerrett Zaroski
3rd Edition of Portuguese Language Film Festival Launches Tonight!
Monday, 05 May 2014
Treat yourself to some Portuguese language cinema this May. Cor-Ação: The 3rd Annual Portuguese Language Film Festival opens tonight, and runs through to the 13th of May.

Cor-Ação (Colour-Action) means "heart" in Portuguese and is a term that reflects both the passion and the personality of all the films shown at the Festival.

The festival opens Monday May 5 with the Portuguese biographical drama Amália directed by Carlos Coelho da Silva. An opening night reception will follow the film.

There will be two film screenings on Thursday May 8: Brazilian comedy Vai que dá Certo by director Maurício Farias and a political drama from Mozambique, Virgem Margarida (Virgin Margarida) by director Licinio Azevedo.

The Festival wraps up Tuesday May 13 with the Angolan documentary I Love Kuduro directed by Mário Patrocinio, a recent selection at Toronto's HOTDOCS Film Festival. Before the screening, a local dance group will perform kuduro in the Auditorium.

As a special treat, each ticket gives you a chance to win a trip voucher to a Portuguese speaking country, courtesy of Iberica Travel!

Cor-Ação: The 3rd Annual Portuguese Language Film Festival is presented by the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), in collaboration with the Embassies of Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, and Portugal. All films are Ottawa premieres and will be presented in Portuguese with English sub-titles.
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