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The 18<sup>th</sup> Latin American Film Festival brings the heat back to Ottawa: March 27 to April 13!
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¡Fiesta Latina! Schedule Released
Friday, 28 March 2014
New in 2014, the Canadian Film Institute, with the generous support of Celebrate Ontario, introduces a one-day cultural experience, offered completely free, as part of our 18th Latin American Film Festival.

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 29th, join us at the Library and Archives Canada Building (395 Wellington Street) for ¡Fiesta Latina! and enjoy a wide variety of fare and fun organized by the Canadian Film Institute and provided by Ottawa's own Latin American community, as well as Embassies of Latin American nations:
  • gastonomic specialties from local Latin restaurants
  • wine sampling from a variety of Latin American wineries
  • authentic recipies prepared by Embassy chefs
  • locally-produced coffee and chocolate sourced from Latin American beans
  • artisinal crafts and textiles
  • dance and martial arts performances and demonstrations throughout the day
  • folkloric and Latin jazz musical performances
  • Spanish-language literature and magazines
  • a professionally curated fine art exhibition
  • cultural and tourism information on Latin American countries
  • a chance to meet and mingle with musicians, filmmakers, and film lovers
¡Fiesta Latina! runs continuously from 1:00pm to 7:00pm, so stop by anytime!

Start Time Event/Performer Location
13:00 ¡Fiesta Latina starts  
13:30 Capoeira Dendê do Recife; Box office opens Auditorium Foyer Stage
14:00 FILM: The Virgin of Charity (silent film with live piano!) Auditorium
14:30 Capoeira Dendê do Recife Sunken Lobby
15:00 Colores Andinos Auditorium Foyer Stage
15:30 Azúcar! Latin Dance Sunken Lobby
16:00 Miguel de Armas and Caridad Cruz Auditorium Foyer Stage
16:30 Azúcar! Latin Dance Sunken Lobby
17:00 Colores Andinos Auditorium Foyer Stage
17:30 Peru Danza Sunken Lobby
17:45 Fusion Folklorica Esmereldas de Colombia Sunken Lobby
18:00 Azúcar! Latin Dance Auditorium Foyer Stage
18:15 Contigo Perú Sunken Lobby
18:30 Box office opens  
19:00 FILM: Dark Heaven (Peru); ¡Fiesta Latina! ends Auditorium

As a special feature of ¡Fiesta Latina!, the Canadian Film Institute presents the Cuban silent film THE VIRGIN OF CHARITY (LA VIRGEN DE LA CARIDAD, dir. Ramón Peón, 1930), with live piano accompaniment from acclaimed Cuban musician Miguel De Armas!

Tickets for the film will be sold at the door and are still available online. This is a truly unique opportunity to see this rarely-screened film from Cuba's silent film era.
Latin American Film Festival: 18 Years and Counting
Monday, 17 March 2014
The Latin American Film Festival is back, and this year is better than ever!
Not only do we have a great line-up of films (see the complete schedule here), guest filmmakers (from Cuba and Paraguay), and Embassy-hosted receptions (after Habanastation, among others), but for 2014, we have a special treat for everyone:

¡Fiesta Latina! is a day-long food, wine, and cultural experience offered completely free on March 29th, organized by the Canadian Film Institute, with the generous support of Celebrate Ontario. The event features delicacies, wines, coffee, chocolate, literature, artwork, and information from local Latin American organizations, communities, friends, and Embassies, all offered during a schedule full of dance and musical performances and demonstrations. ¡Fiesta Latina! starts at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 29th, and runs until 7:00pm.
As a truly memorable experience that day, we're excited to welcome local musician Miguel De Armas as he plays live piano accompaniment to the classic silent Cuban film The Virgin of Charity (1930). Tickets will be sold at the door, in advance at the box office, and — soon — from our website!
For more information about the Festival, ¡Fiesta Latina!, hotel and travel details and specials, as well as tickets and passport information, head on over to the Latin American Film Festival section of the website!
Changement de programme / Program Change
Sunday, 09 March 2014
Millefeuille sera présenté ce soir en version originale arabe sous-titrée en anglais et non en français comme cela avait été annoncé. Nous vous prions de bien vouloir nous en excuser.
Tonight's presentation of Millefeuille (Hidden Beauties) will be presented in Arabic with English rather than French subtitles, as previously announced. We apologize for the inconvenience.
An end to Bright Nights for 2014
Friday, 14 February 2014
Wow! Thanks to everyone who came out and supported this 4th year of Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival! We had a record attendance — and record number of Embassy receptions, too! 
Thanks to all of our supporters, staff, volunteers, and sponsors for the event, as well as our generous collaborators, the Embassies of the Baltic and Nordic nations featured in the Festival. We at the Canadian Film Institute would not have an event without these people and organizations. 
Did you miss a film that you really wanted to see? Visit each film page (scroll down below the trailer), or use IMDb to track down the director, producer, or distributor and ask them how you can see it, or when the DVD/Blu-ray will be released to purchase.
Coming up next, we partner with the Embassy of France, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the ByTowne Cinema to bring you the 12th year of DiverCiné: World Cinema from La Francophonie (March 7 - 16). Check back here soon for more information!
Thanks again for all your dedication and support,
The Canadian Film Institute team
Tom McSorley, Executive Director
Jerrett Zaroski, Programmer
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