Dad's Lunch Box | Japanese Film Festival
Oct
28
7:00 pm19:00

Dad's Lunch Box | Japanese Film Festival

Tuesday, October 28, 7pm

DAD’S LUNCH BOX

Masakazu Fukatsu, 2017 | 76 minutes

Throughout her three years of high school, Midori ate the bento box lunch her dad made for her every single day. In the very last bento box of high school, Midori finds a photo of "the first high school bento" along with a handwritten letter from her dad.

Japanese with English subtitles.

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Exile: The Burden of Memory | The Enlightened Screen with Leutén Rojas
Oct
29
7:00 pm19:00

Exile: The Burden of Memory | The Enlightened Screen with Leutén Rojas

Tuesday, October 29, 7pm

EXILE: THE BURDEN OF MEMORY

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Leutén Rojas | Canada | 2019 | 101 minutes

EXILE. THE BURDEN OF MEMORY (2019) consists of testimonies by Chilean exiles and their families who arrived in Canada in the mid-1970s and their children and relatives who stayed in Chile. Following a brief expose on the 1973 military coup, each protagonist recalls what happened to them on September 11, the impact of exile on their lives and its meaning, their re-encounters with family, and reflect on their personal experiences as Canadians of Chilean origin. Produced, directed, written and edited by Ottawa director Leutén Rojas, this documentary was shot on location in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Santiago de Chile by Toronto director of photography Hernán Morris. Includes a music score by Toronto composer and songwriter Marcelo Puente.
Director Leutén Rojas will attend the screening to introduce and discuss his film.

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Japanese Girls Never Die | Japanese Film Festival
Oct
30
7:00 pm19:00

Japanese Girls Never Die | Japanese Film Festival

Wednesday, October 30, 7pm

JAPANESE GIRLS NEVER DIE

Daigo Matsui, 2016 | 101 minutes

Cryptic graffiti, copied from a missing person poster, begin to appear all over town. A mysterious group of high school girls begins attacking men at random. After the disappearance of Haruko, these two series of incidents overlap. Is this all part of Haruko’s scheme?
This film may not be suitable for a young audience. Parental guidance is advised.

Japanese with English subtitles.

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Café Ex: Christine Lucy Latimer "Media Archaeologist"
Nov
14
7:00 pm19:00

Café Ex: Christine Lucy Latimer "Media Archaeologist"

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MEDIA ARCHEOLOGIST: THE MOVING IMAGES OF CHRISTINE LUCY LATIMER

Thursday, November 14, 7:00PM
Club SAW
67 Nicholas Street

The CFI’s long-running experimental film artist series Café Ex returns to the newly and beautifully renovated Club SAW with Toronto media artist, Christine Lucy Latimer. In addition to presenting a selection of Latimer’s impressive moving image works and a Q&A session with her, the CFI will be launching its new publication about her work

Christine Lucy Latimer will attend the screening.

Admission is pay-as-you-can.

This evening will also be the launch of the book Christine Lucy Latimer: Media Archaeologist edited by Mike Hoolboom. Books will be available for purchase.

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Ottawa International Animation Festival
Sep
25
to 29 Sep

Ottawa International Animation Festival

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From September 25-29, 2019 downtown Ottawa will once again be the stage where you can enjoy the world's most cutting-edge, thoughtful, funny and provocative animation films while mingling with many of animation's most celebrated stars, studios and characters.

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the leading events of its kind in the world. It's an annual five-day event that has been bringing the animation community together in a vibrant hub since 1976. With a total attendance of 28,000, it attracts artists, producers, students and animation fans from around the world. Check out the 80+ screenings, talks, and exhibits presented in venues across downtown Ottawa.

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Café Ex: 25 Years of Philip Hoffman's "Film Farm"
Aug
15
7:00 pm19:00

Café Ex: 25 Years of Philip Hoffman's "Film Farm"

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CAFÉ EX @ Club SAW

25 YEARS OF PHILIP HOFFMAN’S “FILM FARM”

Thursday, August 15, 7:00PM
Club SAW
67 Nicholas Street

The independent imaging retreat or “Film Farm” is artist-driven and focuses on the development of individual artists and the production of experimental film works. For 25 years the Film Farm has initiated and enhanced the work of local, national and international filmmakers and has expanded the traditions of experimental filmmaking in Canada.

On Thursday August 15, 7:00pm, we are thrilled to welcome back to the CFI Canadian experimental filmmaker and Governor General Award winner, Philip Hoffman, at a Café Ex event featuring a retrospective program of experimental works produced (some by Ottawa filmmakers) at Hoffman’s ‘Film Farm’ filmmaking retreat near Mount Forest, Ontario.

Celebrating 25 years of existence, The Film Farm anthology will be an eclectic mix of 16mm and digital works, presented in the newly renovated Club SAW. We are thrilled to inaugurate this newly refreshed screening space with The Film Farm show.

Philip Hoffman and a number of other filmmakers will attend the screening.

Admission is pay-as-you-can.

This evening will also be the launch of the book Process Cinema: Handmade Film in the Digital Age edited by Scott MacKenzie and Janine Marchessault. Books will be available for purchase. Janine Marchessault will be in attendance.

Screening Program

Tell Me What You Saw

Srinivas Krishna          Canada 1994 | 7 minutes   (16mm)

Across

Cara Morton                  Canada 1997 | 3 minutes   (16mm)

Dandelions

Dawn Wilkinson             Canada 1995 | 6 minutes   (16mm)

The Shape of the Gaze

Maia Carpenter                    USA 2000 | 7 minutes  (16mm)

I Regret

Jonathan Culp                 Canada 2018 | 8 minutes   (16mm)

Happy Birthday!

Monika Kin Gagnon       Canada 2010 | 6 minutes  (16mm to Digital)

Your New Pig

Helen Hill                          Canada 2000 | 4:40 minutes   (16mm to Digital)

Moving Forward 

Cooper                                Canada 2010 | 5 minutes  (16mm to Digital)

Demi Monde

Caroline Monnet              Canada 2013 | 4 minutes   (16mm to Digital)

Crashing Skies 

Penny McCann                  Canada 2012 | 6 minutes   (16mm to Digital)

Cicatrix

Jeremy Moss                       USA 2014  | 7 minutes  (16mm to Digital

House of Nights

Marcel Beltran                   Cuba 2017  | 13 minutes  (16mm to Digital)

Total screening time: 77 minutes

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Cinéma Mouhap Cinema: Project A
Jul
24
7:00 pm19:00

Cinéma Mouhap Cinema: Project A

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Project A
Director: Jackie Chan
1983 | 106 minutes | MPAA rated PG-13 for violence

Dragon Ma (Jackie Chan) is a lieutenant in the 19th-century Hong Kong marines. Pirates have been terrorizing local waters, with assistance from the corrupt authorities. Dragon Ma hopes to defeat the evil pirate clan led by Sanpao (Dick Wei), but his plan is short-circuited. Ma then teams with a navy admiral (Hak Suen Lau), a police captain Tzu (Biao Yuen) and a crafty thief (Sammo Hung Kam-Bo) in a new round of high-seas battles with Sanpao and his pirates.

This film will be presented with English subtitles.

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Cinéma Mouhap Cinema:  A Touch of Zen
Jul
17
7:00 pm19:00

Cinéma Mouhap Cinema: A Touch of Zen

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A Touch of Zen
Director: King Hu
1971 | 180 minutes | MPAA, not rated

“Visionary” barely begins to describe this masterpiece of Chinese martial arts moviemaking. A Touch of Zen (Xia nu) by King Hu depicts the journey of Yang, a fugitive noblewoman in disguise who seeks refuge in a remote, and allegedly haunted, village. The sanctuary she and her three companions find with a shy scholar is shattered when a nefarious swordsman uncovers her identity, pitting the five against legions of blade-wielding opponents. At once a wuxia film, the tale of a spiritual quest, and a study in human nature, A Touch of Zen is an unparalleled work in Hu’s career and an epic of the highest order, with breathtaking action choreography, stunning widescreen landscapes, and innovative editing.

This film will be presented with English subtitles.

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Cinéma Mouhap Cinema: One-Armed Swordsman
Jul
10
7:00 pm19:00

Cinéma Mouhap Cinema: One-Armed Swordsman

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One-Armed Swordsman
Director: Chan Cheh
1967 | 117 minutes | MPAA rated R

A noble swordsman, whose arm had been chopped off, returns to his former teacher to defend him from a villainous gang of rival swordsmen. Directed by Chang Cheh, it was the first of the new style of wuxia films emphasizing male anti-heroes, violent swordplay and heavy bloodletting. It was the first Hong Kong film to make over one million at the local box office, propelling its star Jimmy Wang to superstardom. The success of this film also spawned two sequels, comprising the One-Armed Swordsman trilogy.

This film will be presented with English subtitles.
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Her Job | Greek Film Festival
Jun
28
8:40 pm20:40

Her Job | Greek Film Festival

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Nikos Labôt, 2018 | 89 minutes

Panayiota gets for the first time a job as a cleaner in an attempt to support her family. While at her work environment she faces a ruthless system of exploitation, she regards her humble labour to be fulfilling and regards this time as the happiest period of her life. But this is not to last for long as the first layoffs are to arrive soon. What will she do? “A well-observed study of a woman’s unlikely liberation. The socioeconomic turmoil of contemporary Greece is distilled into the simple yet effective story of one woman who finds gainful employment as a professional cleaner in Her Job, which marks a promising feature debut for writer-director Nikos Labôt. Bolstered by star Marisha Triantafyllidou’s subtly touching turn and told in a straightforward, realistic manner that at times recalls the Dardenne brothers, the film reveals how one of the most basic and least valued vocations can still mean the world for someone struggling to support a family and, even more so, to find a sense of self-worth.” Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter.

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Worlds Apart | Greek Film Festival
Jun
28
6:30 pm18:30

Worlds Apart | Greek Film Festival

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Christoforos Papakaliatis, 2015 | 113 minutes

Set in modern day Greece, Worlds Apart consists of three separate narratives each following a love story between a Greek and a foreigner. Moreover, each story represents a different generation falling in love during a time of socioeconomic turmoil. There is Daphne, a young Greek woman, and Farris, a Syrian refugee who rescues her from an assault; there is middle aged Giorgos, struggling to cope with seeing his friends lose their jobs, who has an affair with Elise, an amoral Swedish consultant who’s in charge of the downsizing; the third tale revolves around Sebastian, a German man who meets Maria, an unhappy housewife whose family has run out of money -- their courtship involves meeting every Friday afternoon at the supermarket, where Sebastian buys her fruits and vegetables. As the film progresses, this triptych of love stores will intersect in a surprising, compelling way.

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Jun
27
7:00 pm19:00

Working Woman | Israeli Film Festival

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Michal Aviad | 2018 | 93 minutes

Working Woman is an engrossing, complex, and very timely drama. With three young children to look after and her husband’s restaurant struggling to break even, Orna feels incredibly lucky to have landed an assistant position with a luxury real-estate development firm. She quickly proves her worth and is rewarded with a promotion. Trouble is, Orna’s career advancement is also accompanied by unwanted advances from her wealthy and powerful boss, Benny. Initially seemingly innocuous, Benny’s personal transgressions with Orna soon begin to arrive with increasing intensity and with hints that if she wants to keep her lucrative job, she will have to play his game. With every professional triumph, Orna is forced to contend with more aggression from Benny. She needs to tell someone, but will anyone believe her? “Eschewing melodrama, Aviad delivers a hard-hitting and empowering drama that depicts murky workplace dynamics and the insidious nature of sexual harassment.” Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

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In This Land Nobody Knew How to Cry | Greek Film Festival
Jun
26
7:00 pm19:00

In This Land Nobody Knew How to Cry | Greek Film Festival

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Giorgos Panoussopoulos, 2018 | 90 minutes

In this unconventional comedy, filmed in Ikaria, a French member of the European Parliament and his assistant, a Greek economist, end up in Armenaki, an islet lost somewhere in the Aegean Sea. They are there in an official political mission and are determined to finish their work as soon as possible. They are in for several surprises, however, as this isolated place and its residents are said to be miraculous and able to change people's lives. And they are. A spiral of unforeseen events will soon force both to reconsider their way of thinking and living. When they meet a visionary teacher and a seductive widow, they are soon carried away by the unlikeliest of love stories. A charming and thought provoking comedy about how we live and how we love.

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Cloudy Sunday | Greek Film Festival
Jun
25
7:00 pm19:00

Cloudy Sunday | Greek Film Festival

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Manoussos Manoussakis, 2015 | 116 minutes

A major box office hit and award-winner in Greece, this is a powerful and beautifully rendered telling of a wartime romance in Thessaloniki between a Jewish girl and a young Christian resistance fighter. Set against the backdrop of German-occupation, circumstances will quickly conspire against these star-crossed lovers, forcing them to make painful decisions in the darkest days of the Nazi occupation. Cloudy Sunday is a compelling drama about lovers in a dangerous time. The film’s love story is made even more poignant by the wistful songs of famous songwriter Vassilis Tsitsanis and the enchanting classics of Sephardic Jewish music. Among its international awards: Best Film – San Francisco Greek Film Festival and Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design and Make Up, Greek Film Academy.

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Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

Here and Now | Israeli Film Festival

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Roman Shumunov | 2018 | 87 minutes

A powerful, finely observed social drama about four young Russian immigrants to Israel, living in the slums of Ashdod. Striving to adapt to Israeli society, they form a hip-hop band, aspiring to participate in an international music festival. Their dream of taking part in the competition is seriously challenged when key band member Andrey suffers a crisis at home. Andrey’s father has been in the hospital for months, leaving him responsible for his little sister and payments on their mortgage. As this intimate and intense drama reveals, he must struggle constantly between caring for his family, work, and still participate in the band's rehearsals. While it’s not easy, Andrey is a determined young man and artist. As with Fig Tree, Here and Now is another impressive first feature by a promising young filmmaker, Roman Shumunov.

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Jun
23
4:00 pm16:00

Fig Tree | Israeli Film Festival

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Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian | 2018 | 93 minutes

Set in Addis Ababa in 1989, Fig Tree is an unforgettable story of one extraordinary teenage girl's harrowing coming of age. Mina is 16 years old, and it seems the endless Ethiopian Civil War has been going on throughout her entire life. She lives with her brother and grandmother in a humble house and dreams of a better future elsewhere. The family is Jewish and is planning to flee Ethiopia for Israel, where Mina's mother awaits their reunion. But this plan leaves out the person Mina loves most: Eli, her Christian boyfriend, who lives in the woods so as to evade being drafted into the corrupt and brutal Ethiopian government army. Mina hatches a scheme to save her family and Eli, but can it possibly work? Drawing upon her own memories of growing up in war-torn Ethiopia, writer-director Davidian's feature film debut announces a bright new talent in Israeli cinema.

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Jun
16
4:00 pm16:00

Redemption | Israeli Film Festival

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Joseph Madmony, Boaz Yehonatan Yacov | 2018 | 104 minutes

Menachem (Moshe Folkenflik) is a middle-aged single father struggling to finance his cancer-stricken six-year-old daughter’s formidable medical expenses with his modest income as a grocery clerk. In his recent past, he had fronted a rock-and-roll band until personal tragedies prompted his retirement from music and the adoption of a devoted Hasidic practice that has alienated most of his old friends. Playing music promises to be more lucrative than stocking shelves, but would a return to singing be compatible with a life of worship? As Menacham’s financial situation worsens, he decides to call up his former bandmates and maybe try to make a comeback. “By focusing its energies squarely on Menachem’s existential crisis and its sources — his fierce love for his daughter, his sense of fulfillment as a performer, his humility as a novice Hasid — Redemption finds an exquisite balance between the secular and the religious. Folkenflik’s performance is beautifully graded, traversing a broad spectrum of grief, rage, and exaltation.” Jane Schoettle, Toronto International Film Festival.

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Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

The Second Time Around | The Enlightened Screen with Leon Marr

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Leon Marr | Canada | 2016 | 107 minutes

The CFI is honoured to present the Ottawa premiere of this engaging, entertaining, and unlikely love story by acclaimed director, Leon Marr (Dancing In The Dark). Katherine Mitchell (Linda Thorson), a widowed yet vibrant senior, wasn't looking for love a second time - not at her age, and certainly not with grumpy Isaac Shapiro (Stuart Margolin). Despite the nosey bunch of seniors in the residence where Katherine convalesces after breaking her hip, she and Isaac warm to each other over their shared love of music. Against unforeseen obstacles, their love blooms and together they set out to fulfill Katherine's lifelong dream of going to the opera in Milan. With its gentle good humour and two brilliant performances by Thorson and Margolin, The Second Time Around is insightful, intelligent, and irresistible.
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Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

The Other Story | Israeli Film Festival

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Avi Nesher | 2018 | 112 minutes

From acclaimed director Avi Nesher (whose previous film, Past Life, was screened at our Israel Film Festival in 2014), The Other Story is a powerful contemporary drama. In Nesher’s latest, complications arise when a dysfunctional Israeli family tries to lure their willful daughter away from Orthodox Judaism. Renouncing the hedonism of her Jerusalem youth, obstinate young Anat devotes herself to a pure life and the study of Torah. Her upcoming marriage to Shahar, a former pop star-turned-devoted Hasid,  is the final straw for Anat’s family. Upon hearing the news, her divorced secular parents and grandfather scheme to prevent the marriage. Amid rising tensions and shifting alliances, no one has a monopoly on virtue, as multi-layered plots converge with unexpected consequences. Intelligently exploring the religious-secular divide, this tale of broken relationships and forgiveness is a masterful weave of its many narrative threads.

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Tales from the Winnipeg Film Group
May
31
7:00 pm19:00

Tales from the Winnipeg Film Group

Director Dave Barber introduces his historical documentary Tales from the Winnipeg Film Group co-directed by Dave and Kevin Nikkel, preceded by two short films: Jaimz and Karen Asmundson’s 2013 documentary Citizens Against Basswood, which was made using found audio clips, and We’re Talking Vulva, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan’s entertaining and informative mock music video from 1990.

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Animer le bien et le mal/Animating the Good and the Bad | Found in Translation
May
29
7:00 pm19:00

Animer le bien et le mal/Animating the Good and the Bad | Found in Translation

 L’animation peut être une forme d’art très effi­cace pour la critique sociale et la satire. La car­icature sert alors d’arme et la parodie, d’outil pour exposer le ridicule des conventions socia­les et la corruption de l’autorité. Les films de ce pro­gramme sont parfois drôles, parfois irrévérencieux et parfois dystopiques par leur rejet des idéologies normatives. Ils sont généralement progressifs et inventifs à la fois artistiquement et formellement, en plus d’être engagés politiquement et socialement.

 Animation can be a very effective medium for social criticism and satire, in which carica­ture serves as a weapon and parody is a tool for exposing the follies of social conventions and the corruption of authority. The films in this program are sometimes funny, sometimes irrever­ent, and sometimes dystopic in their rejection of normative ideologies. They are largely progressive and inventive, both artistically and formally, as well as politically and socially engaged.

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EU Short Films For Kids  | EUSFF Program 3
May
4
2:00 pm14:00

EU Short Films For Kids | EUSFF Program 3

Part I: These fist six films are suitable for children of all ages. Duration: 54 minutes.

 

THE MOLE AS A PAINTER

Czech Republic    1972 | 10 minutes

It’s amazing what a little paint will do to scare away the bad guys!

 

BERRY & DOLLY: THE RAINBOW

Hungary 2017 | 5 minutes

Berry gets a very special birthday gift from Dolly and friends.

 

THE RED HERRING

Finland 2017 | 6 minutes

Penguins love fish, but sometimes they’re hard to catch.

 

THE WARSAW MERMAID

2016 | 13 minutes

A magical animated tale of how a mermaid helped a small fishing village grow into big city Warsaw.

 

THE COCKROACH AND THE SEA

Belgium 2016 | 6 minutes

They say the cockroach can survive in any environment. It just might be true.

 

BERRY & DOLLY: THE KITE

Hungary 2017 | 5 minutes

When Berry, Dolly, and their pals decide to fly a kite, the kite is soon flying them.

 

SINGING HUGO AND HIS INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES

Latvia  2017 |  9 minutes

Hugo the chicken loves to sing, but sometimes that gets him in trouble…

 

 

                                       Intermission

 

Part II.  These films may not suitable for younger children. We recommend that children under the age of 9 not watch these four films. Parental discretion advised. Duration: 36 minutes.

 

THE MOUSE

Denmark  2008 | 13 minutes

Liv has a crush on Mike. The feeling is mutual. Mike gives her a gift, which she treasures until she thinks Mike doesn’t like her anymore and gets angry.

 

THE SONG OF INNOCENCE

Romania 2018 | 9 minutes

Mom and daughter seagull have fun flying togther, but sometimes the going gets tough.

 

OUT FISHING

Sweden 2017 | 9 minutes

Cats love to catch fish, but sometimes it’s harder than it looks…

 

ANA, A PALINDROME

Portugal 2013 | 5 minutes

Ana finds out that sometimes the past and the present can overlap in surprising ways.

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Apr
30
7:00 pm19:00

Tayos | Ecuador

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Dir. Miguel Garzon, 2017 | 86 mins

Seven years after being the first human being to walk on the Moon, on August 1st, 1976, US astronaut Neil Armstrong joined a British-Ecuadorian expedition whose mission was to explore a cave located deep in the Amazon forest, called Tayos Cave. Why was a mission of such magnitude organized, and what was the British interest in the cave? A group of geologists and members of esoteric disciplines penetrate into Tayos' massive underworld to shed light on its dazzling enigmas. Miguel Garzon’s stunning documentary takes us deep into the majesty and the mystery of Tayos, and is an epic, breathtaking journey into the depths of the Tayos underworld and the depths within ourselves.  Amazing and astonishing, Tayos is an unforgettable way to close the 23rd Latin American Film Festival.

Spanish, English, Shuar, Hungarian with English subtitles.

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Apr
29
7:00 pm19:00

Tomorrow Don't You Forget | Dominican Republic

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Dir. José Enrique Pintor (Pinky), 2017 | 108 mins

After Roberto's beloved wife dies, his health begins to decline as he slowly slides into the vague worlds brought on by the worsening Alzheimer's disease he has been suffering now for years. His daughter Ruth decides to take him in to live with her family, even though her husband Alfredo argues that she already has enough problems at home with the care of Jan, her only son of 17 years who has Down Syndrome. With the arrival of Roberto at home, the relationship between the grandfather and his grandson begins to grow and deepen, discovering that both have many things in common. They also come up with some ‘bucket list’ plans, and soon hit the road to fulfill them. Moving and amusing, Tomorrow is a bittersweet story of love, memory, and companionship in all its forms.

Spanish with English subtitles.

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Apr
28
7:00 pm19:00

Jerico, the Infinite Flight of Days | Colombia

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Dir. Catalina Mesa, 2016 | 77 mins

Deep in the Andes lies a small Colombian village called Jericó. Colourful and lush, this magical place is home to a rich history that's poetically captured through the eyes of its older generation of women. Serenaded by an extraordinary soundtrack, we're invited into their authentic and intimate spaces as they share with unabashed honesty and intimacy their deepest secrets of love, loss, lust, and motherhood. Throughout this intimate documentary, with laughter, tears and sometimes pain we journey with these women through their remarkable stories that serve as an historical preservation of life in Jericó. Says director Catalina Mesa, “My intention and reward in making this film was to give Jericó, Antioquia and Colombia a portrait that celebrates and preserves the beauty, authenticity, and wisdom of the feminine spirit of my culture.”

Spanish with English subtitles.

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Apr
28
4:00 pm16:00

Rosa Chumbe | Peru

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Dir. Jonatan Relayze, 2016 | 73 mins

Rosa Chumbe (a powerhouse performance by Liliana Trujillo) is a police officer with a drinking and gambling problem. This gets her into trouble with her superiors, who are constantly warning her to improve her ways. On top of that, she has problems with her daughter Sheyla who lives at home with her young baby. After Sheyla gets pregnant, she leaves with all of Rosa’s savings, abandoning her young baby boy. Rosa now has to look after her grandson, a responsibility for which she is not ready. The film is set in Lima in the middle of October, against the background of the “purple month”, when the famous Lord of Miracles procession takes place. Rosa has never believed in religion, but now finds herself needing a miracle to get by. A multiple award-winner at international festivals: Jury Award for Best Feature Film, Austin International Film Festival of the Americas; Jury Award for Best Feature Film; Best Peruvian Film at the Lima Latin American Film Festival; and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Montréal World Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize.

Spanish with English Subtitles

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Apr
27
7:00 pm19:00

Piazzolla, the Years of the Shark | Argentina

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Dir. Daniel Rosenfeld, 2018 | 92 minutes

The Argentine bandoneon player and composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) revolutionized the tango. His tango nuevo, with its jazz and classical influences, made him a controversial figure in Argentina, as his revolution clashed with tradition. Astor received his first bandoneon from his father when he was nine. Twenty years later, he had reached the limits of the tango. In search of his own style, he went to study piano composition in Paris in the early 1950s. There he realized that in spite of everything, he was still a tanguero. A multifaceted career was to follow, chiefly in Europe and the United States. For this critically acclaimed documentary, Piazzolla’s son Daniel drew on his private collection. Unique footage of numerous performances and intimate family films combine with archive material to paint a vivid portrait of Piazzolla: self-assured, stubborn, passionate --- a true virtuoso. Daniel’s commentary reveals a complicated relationship with his father, and his use of hours of recorded conversations between Piazzolla and his daughter Diana provides further insight into the mind of a musical genius.

Spanish with English subtitles

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Apr
27
4:30 pm16:30

The Sound of Things | Costa Rica

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Dir. Ariel Escalante, 2016 | 78 mins

Claudia loves everything about being a nurse: managing the adrenaline, controlling emotions, saving lives. At home everything is different, however: there’s a room to clear out, and she needs to find a new roommate. More pressingly, Claudia is struggling to cope with her cousin Sylvia’s recent suicide. Even though she is doing a great job of hiding her anguish from people, everything around Claudia reminds her of Sylvia, but she is unable to cry. When an old acquaintance comes back into her life with an illness and in need of her support, she will finally be forced to find new ways to confront the weight of life and loss. An intimate and finely detailed character study, The Sound of Things is an absorbing drama of both pain and hope.

Spanish with English subtitles.

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Apr
26
6:15 pm18:15

...And Suddenly the Dawn | Chile

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Introductions, including the filmmaker Silvio Caiozzi, will begin at 6pm due to the length of the film. A reception with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

Dir. Silvio Caiozzi, 2017 | 195 mins

Pancho Veloso, an old writer of celebrity articles, returns to his hometown of Chilean Patagonia after more than 40 years of having fled. When trying to write “salable” stories about this area known as “the end of the world,” he will be confronted by his own past, as well as his nation’s recent and painful history. Pancho will have to rethink his life.  This stunning, sprawling, epic existential drama from a master filmmaker chronicles personal and political history in Chile, and is a magnificent vision of a complex life lived to the fullest. This film was Chile’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and it captured the Grand Prize of the Americas at the 2017 World Film Festival in Montreal. The LAFF has presented Silvio Caiozzi’s 2004 film, Cachimba, as part of the 2007 edition. We are happy to welcome his work back to Ottawa.

Spanish with English subtitles.

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Apr
25
7:00 pm19:00

Rubén Blades is Not My Name | Panama

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Dir. Abner Benaim, 2018 | 84 mins

Rubén Blades Is Not My Name presents one of Latin America´s most beloved singer-songwriters on an intimate, revealing journey across his 50-year career. Benaim’s appealing documentary focuses on the significance of Blades’ career in music. Moving through his discography, Benaim and Blades take us through his greatest hits while various guests, including Sting and Paul Simon, provide additional insight on his significance and musicality. Blades’ peers from the Latin music scene lend some context to his music and highlight how his songs might simply sound like sexy tango music to an untrained or foreign ear, but injected political messages and hymns to the working class within the conventions of popular music. There’s also a fascinating examination of Blades’ political convictions and ambitions, most notably his impressive run for president in 1994.

Spanish, English with English subtitles.

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Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

Mantis Nest | Cuba

  • Alma Duncan Salon, Ottawa Art Gallery (map)
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Actor Luis Alberto Garcia will attend the screening to introduce and discuss the film.

Dir. Arturo Sotto, 2018 | 118 mins

It's the summer of 1994 and passions are running high during yet another migration crisis with the United States. One morning in August, two men and a woman involved in a ménage-à-trois in the small Cuban village of Siboney are found dead. The prime suspect is a twenty-year-old woman named Sugar who is the product of this love triangle, and was the only person in the house at the time. She pleads innocent and to prove it, she tells the prosecutor and the lawyer investigating the case of the emotional odyssey of her parents, a love story that lasted more than 40 years in the midst of the Revolution. This fascinating crime drama is a story that weaves together personal passions and Cuba’s tangled political history in strikingly original ways.

Spanish with English subtitles.

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Apr
17
7:00 pm19:00

Roads in February | Uruguay

  • Alma Duncan Salon, Ottawa Art Gallery (map)
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Filmmaker Katherine Jerkovic will attend the screening to introduce and discuss her film. A reception hosted by the Embassy of Uruguay will follow.

Dir. Katherine Jerkovic, 2018 | 82 mins

Mourning the death of her father, Sarah travels from Montreal to a village in rural Uruguay to visit her paternal grandmother, Magda. Over a decade ago, Sarah and her parents left Uruguay and never returned. Driven by childhood memories, she hopes to renew her relationship with Magda and with her home country. Magda, meanwhile, is struggling with the news of the death of her faraway son. Confronting the strangeness that time and distance have created, Sarah and Magda will reinvent their bonds in surprising ways. This Canadian-Uruguayan co-production is an understated, finely observed, brilliant family drama. “Jerkovic is a gifted, intuitive storyteller who doesn’t need to oversell her story’s emotional undercurrents; she trusts her audience to understand what’s going on simply by paying attention to her actors’ faces.” Norman Wilner, NOW Magazine.

French, Spanish with English subtitles.

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