(ÊTRE) UNE FEMME AU CANADA/(Being) Women in Canada | Found in Translation
Feb
27
7:00 pm19:00

(ÊTRE) UNE FEMME AU CANADA/(Being) Women in Canada | Found in Translation

Ce programme reconnaît et célèbre les films de l’histoire du Winnipeg Film Group qui ont été réalisés par des femmes. Bien que tous les programmes que nous avons créés pour ce projet incluent des oeuvres par des femmes, les films de ce programme en particulier commentent sur le genre ou l’expérience d’être une femme au Canada, un pays occidental traditionnellement patriarcal. Ces commentaires sont soit explicites ou implicites, s’exprimant individuellement ou collectivement à travers le dialogue entre les différents films.

This program recognizes and celebrates films from the Winnipeg Film Group’s history that are directed by women. While all of the programs we’ve curated for this project fea­ture works by women, the films in this program in particular comment on gender or the experi­ence of being a woman in Canada, a traditionally patriarchal western country. That commentary is made either explicitly or implicitly, individually or collectively through the dialogue created between them.

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Café Ex: Phillip Barker
Feb
28
7:00 pm19:00

Café Ex: Phillip Barker

Feb. 26 7pm
Knot Project Space, Arts Court

For over three decades, in his daring short films and installation pieces, as well as in his impressive production design work for Atom Egoyan and others, Phillip Barker has made an indelible mark on Canadian moving image-making.

Phillip Barker will attend the screening to introduce and discuss his work. At this event there will also be a book launch of the new publication about Barker’s work, Strange Machines: the films of Phillip Barker

Admission is pay as you can.

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REGARDER DERRIÈRE NOUS ET ALLER DE L’AVANT/Looking Backward and Moving Forward | Found in Translation
Apr
2
7:00 pm19:00

REGARDER DERRIÈRE NOUS ET ALLER DE L’AVANT/Looking Backward and Moving Forward | Found in Translation

Les effets de l’héritage de colonisation du Canada se ressentent encore aujourd’hui. Cela est par­ticulièrement vrai à Winnipeg, une ville qui est située sur le territoire du Traité 1, sur les terres ancestrales des peuples anishinaabeg, cris, oji-cris et dénés, et sur la terre natale de la nation métisse. Il s’agit aussi de la ville avec la plus grande popu­lation autochtone selon les données du recensem­ent de 2016. Réconciliation est un mot important dans notre ville de nos jours, alors que des efforts sont faits pour reconnaître et corriger les injustices subies par les populations autochtones aux mains des colonisateurs et pour améliorer les relations entre les peuples autochtones et les colons. Les films de ce programme, qui ont tous été réalisés par des cinéastes autochtones, examinent l’horrible histoire de racisme, de mauvais traitement et de génocide culturel des groupes autochtones au Canada. Ils réfléchissent à propos des expériences des peuples autochtones à travers le Canada d’aujourd’hui, célébrant et reprenant possession de leurs cultures, leurs traditions et leurs pratiques spirituelles.

 

 

The effects of Canada’s legacy of colonization are still felt today. This is particularly true in Winnipeg, located on Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji- Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. It is also the city with the larg­est Indigenous population according to Canada’s 2016 census data. Reconciliation is an important word in our city today as efforts are being made to recognize and rectify the injustices suffered by Indigenous populations at the hands of colonizers and to improve upon relations between Indigenous peoples and settlers. The films in this program, all of which were made by Indigenous filmmakers, look back on Canada’s ugly history of racism, abuse, and the cultural genocide of Indigenous groups. They reflect upon the experiences of Indigenous peoples across Canada today, celebrating and reclaiming their cultures, traditions, and spiritual practices.

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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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Feb
16
7:00 pm19:00

Kati Kati | African Film Festival

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Mbithi Masya Kenya 2016 | 65 minutes

What if you woke up one day in a hospital gown and were informed that you were already dead; that you were in the zone of in between-ness, in “Kati Kati” (the halfway passage) as it were, the space of the purgatory, free of material wants, where you needed to expiate your earthly faults before moving to the next stage?  This is the conceit of Mbithy Masya’s compelling and original exploration of the afterlife in his first feature film, which won the International Federation of Film Critics (FEPIRESCI) award at TIFF, and Best East African Film of the year 2017.  The film may be seen as partaking in a conversation with Alain Gomis’ Tey whose protagonist calmly sets out to meet his death on the last day of his life. The director of commercials and music videos, and member of experimental art collective and house punk group Just A Band, Mbithi Masya joins Judy Kibinge (Something Necessary), David Tosh Gitonga (Nairobi Half Life) and Wanuri Kahiu (Rafiki) among others, in contributing over the past decade to turning Kenya into an increasing powerhouse in African cinema.

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Feb
16
4:00 pm16:00

76 | African Film Festival

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Izu Ojukwu Nigeria 2016 | 118 minutes

Izu Ojukuw’s 76 partakes in profound industrial shifts, which are transforming the world-renowned Nollywood industry. Indeed, it is part of what has been referred to as “The New Nollywood,” an increasingly formally and aesthetically rigorous auteurist tendency that seeks to lead the way in this intensely prolific cinematic tradition. Exploring the space of a national political trauma, the film revisits events around the both 1976 military coup, which saw the assassination of then President Murtala Muhammed. However, while coup d’états are often the stuff of masculinity in its militarily-exacerbated form, Ojukwu chooses to also meditate the significance of said events through the experiences of the wives and families of those involved. Reportedly the first Nigerian film to be shot in army barracks, the film received support from the Nigerian military whose Defense Academy advisers were involved in training the cast over 21 days. 76 was shot on super 16mm and, stars A-list Nollywood actors Ramsey Nouah and Rita Dominic and premiered at TIFF 2016 as part of the festival final City to City section, which focused on Lagos.

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I Am Not a Witch | African Film Festival
Feb
15
7:00 pm19:00

I Am Not a Witch | African Film Festival

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Rungano Nyoni Zambia 2017 | 93 minutes

Rungano Nyoni is truly one of the genuine emerging cinematic voices in African cinema. This was already clear with her 2009 short film Mwanza the Great. With I am Not a Witch, the Zambian-Welsh director offers us an absurdist, surrealist and feminist satire of this “bio-political technology” of gender and age-based marginalization known as “witchcraft” through the compelling story of nine-year old Shula who is accused of being a witch and ends up quarantined in a witch camp.  Using primarily non-professional actors, this first major fiction and feature film from Zambia, featuring several Zambian languages (Bemba, Nyanja and Tonga) required the audition of over 900 children to find its protagonist played by Maggie Mulubwa. I am Not a Witch premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and the UK’s 2017 Oscar submission.

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Volubilis | African Film Festival
Feb
10
4:00 pm16:00

Volubilis | African Film Festival

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Faouzi Bensaïdi Morocco 2017 | 106 minutes

We have been very much looking forward (for a number of years now) to introducing the Ottawa audience, to Faouzi Bensaidi, the Moroccan-born master of the film frame and sculpting bodies in space. His latest film Volubilis (2018) gives us the opportunity to do just that. Choosing to train his kino-eye on those socially marginalized  globalization (this planetary equal-opportunity marginalizer), he examines the ways in which class inequality exacerbated by rampant consumerism and cultural leveling combine to crush the least of these but also provoke profound identity crises with reverberations far beyond the shores of the African continent and indeed throughout the other continents.  Bensaidi was one of the first to register this with his 2006 film What a Wonderful World. Premiered at the Venice Film Festival, Volubilis won the Silver Tanit at the Carthage Film Festival and was voted Moroccan Film of the Year in 2018.

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Félicité | African Film Festival
Feb
9
7:00 pm19:00

Félicité | African Film Festival

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Alain Gomis Senegal-France 2017 | 124 minutes

Our opening film Félicité is a masterpiece by Alain Gomis, an original voice in cinema. He is returning to AFFO after the screening of Tey in 2016. This narrative of the journey of a single mother (played by newcomer and absolute revelation Véro Tschanda Beya Mputu) across Kinshasa, one of Africa’s most dynamic yet infrastructurally-challenged city, in an effort to find resources for her son’s leg operation is a mix of documentary realism, naturalism and surrealism, featuring the legendary Kasai All-Star Band and the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra. A narrative of resilience, resistance and emergence if makeshift love in a context of extreme scarcity, this city symphony marks the increasing triumph of the Djibirl Diop Mambety school in African cinema. Félicité won the Golden Stallion at FESPACO (Africa’s most important film festival), the Berlinale’s Silver Bear and was Senegal’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Canadian Masters: William D. MacGillivray (Interview & Reception)
Jan
31
7:00 pm19:00

Canadian Masters: William D. MacGillivray (Interview & Reception)

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Jan. 31 7pm
Common Cinema, Arts Court

Canadian Film Institute Executive Director Tom McSorley will conduct an extensive, career-spanning onstage conversation with William D. MacGillivray and his creative producer partner, Terry Greenlaw, looking at their remarkable body of work together at Picture Plant, their ideas on cinema and media, and their collaborative artistic process. In English.

Reception with MacGillivray and Greenlaw to follow (with cash bar).

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L’HEURE ET L’ENDROIT/Time and Place | Found in Translation
Jan
30
7:00 pm19:00

L’HEURE ET L’ENDROIT/Time and Place | Found in Translation

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Les films marquent le passage du temps en documentant les mouvements et les changements. Ils parviennent également, peut-être paradoxalement, à immortaliser un moment précis dans le temps, l’enregistrant afin qu’il puisse être regardé à n’importe quel moment dans le futur. Les films dans ce programme regardent tous en arrière : vers des cinéastes qui ont oeuvré auparavant, des pères et des mères et des grand-mères, des personnages historiques, des événements passés et la culture populaire d’autrefois. Certains de ces souvenirs sont incarnés, bien que souvent déformés, comme le démontre rêveusement le film de Jaimz Asmundson, Échos (Echoes). Alors que chacun nous présente une interprétation de l’histoire, ensemble, ils offrent un aperçu de l’histoire du cinéma des prairies canadiennes.

Movies mark the passage of time by providing a documentation of movement and change. They also, paradoxically perhaps, immortalize a moment in time, recording it for (re)viewing at any time in the future. The films in this program all look back: to filmmakers who have gone before, to fathers and mothers and grandmothers, to historical figures, to past events, and to the pop culture of the past. Some are memories embodied, although often distorted, as Jaimz Asmundson’s film, Echoes, dreamily denotes. While each presents to us an interpretation of history, together they provide a glimpse into the history of Canadian prairie filmmaking.

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Café Ex: Kyle Whitehead
Dec
5
7:30 pm19:30

Café Ex: Kyle Whitehead

Café EX: Strange Meetings: Films by Kyle Whitehead (2009-2018)

Kyle Whitehead in a Calgary-based  filmmaker, and a graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design. His work is based in traditional celluloid, making experimental, poetic, and personal cinema. Whitehead works extensively and expressively with Super 8 and 16mm celluloid. His expanded cinema work has also appeared in various museum installations across Canada, including spaces such as Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton, New Brunswick. According to fellow experimental film artist, Stephen Broomer, “Whitehead has been making films, moving image installations, and projection performances that trade in material self-consciousness, the artist’s labours, and elastic treatments of space and light.”

Kyle Whitehead will attend the screening to introduce and discuss his work. He will also give an unique onstage live performance with one of his works!

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ANDREI RUBLEV: Special Presentation CFI Benefit
Dec
4
7:00 pm19:00

ANDREI RUBLEV: Special Presentation CFI Benefit

New digital restoration of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1966 masterpiece! First Ottawa screening in 15 years!

Andrei Tarkovsky, U.S.S.R. 1966, 205 minutes

Tarkovsky’s extraordinary second feature is considered by many to be the finest Soviet film of the postwar era. Andrei Rublev presents several imaginary episodes in the life of its title character, a 15th-century Russian Orthodox monk and religious icon painter. While little is known about the historical Rublev; Tarkovsky renders him as a man clinging desperately to his faith in God and art in a world of overwhelming, often astonishing cruelty and barbarism.

The allegorical significance of the film was clearly not lost on the Soviet censors — Rublev’s artistic struggles could stand in for of any number of contemporary artists whose work was monitored by Soviet authorities — and, after stunning Moscow audiences at the end of 1966, the film was banned for five years. In 1969, however, even a substantially edited version still won the International Critics Prize at Cannes.

This presentation is of the original, full-length version intended by Tarkovsky. Essential viewing.

Presented in its original Russian with English subtitles. There will be a 10 minute intermission.

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EUFF: Netherlands | Tonio
Dec
2
4:00 pm16:00

EUFF: Netherlands | Tonio

Sunday, Dec. 2 4pm

Paula van der Oest, 2016 | 105mins

Adapted from the critically acclaimed eponymous Dutch novel, Tonio is a powerful exploration of the nature of grief. The plot revolves around Adri and Mirjam, two middle-aged novelists with a 21 year-old son, Tonio. When they receive news that their son has been killed in an automobile accident, their lives are changed utterly. The film also focuses attention on the character of Tonio himself, as he struggles with the complexities of adult responsibility before his untimely death. Featuring a bold cinematic style, Tonio contains a brilliantly executed fragmented plot structure, with ample flashbacks that connect the family’s past to its present. Ambitious and stirring, Tonio was a runaway success in the Netherlands, and was the official Dutch selection for Best Foreign Language film at the 89th Academy Awards.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: France | Life Beyond Me
Dec
1
8:30 pm20:30

EUFF: France | Life Beyond Me

Saturday, Dec. 1 8:30pm

Olivier Peyon, 2017 | 96mins

It's been four years since Sylvie's son Felipe was abducted by his father Pablo after their divorce. Having been let down by the French officials who had succeeded in tracking both them down, only to let them escape again, Sylvie has now decided to take matters into her own hands. Sylvie gains new information on the whereabouts of her son, via a private detective she hires. Aided by her friend and social worker Mehdi, Sylvie sets off to Uruguay, where Felipe is rumoured to be living. What she discovers will force her into a dramatic new set of life choices. The second feature film by promising director Olivier Peyon, Life Beyond Me is an intense personal drama of love, loss, and the possibilities of reconciliation.

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EUFF: Finland | Wonderland
Dec
1
6:30 pm18:30

EUFF: Finland | Wonderland

Saturday, Dec. 1 6:30pm

Inari Niemi, 2017 | 92mins

From Finnish director Inari Niemi comes Wonderland, a poignant and emotionally complex film that takes place during the familiar holiday of Christmas. The film centres on Helena, a middle-aged woman who quickly becomes disenchanted with her life when her husband leaves her for a much younger woman. Encouraged to experience a wholesome and cheerful Christmas by her optimistic and single friend Ulli, both women are whisked away to an innovative and secluded bed-and-breakfast in the Finnish countryside, ran by a couple named Unna and Tuure. Although on the surface everything seems jovial and familial, it isn’t long before the group of adults confide in each other, revealing their fatigued outlooks on life in general. Featuring enticing and Jussi Award nominated performances from Finnish actresses Milka Ahlroth (Helena) and Anna Paavilainen (Unna), Wonderland acts as a thought provoking multi-character study, providing a unique look in to the complex lives of Finnish adults.

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EUFF: Estonia | Rodeo
Dec
1
4:00 pm16:00

EUFF: Estonia | Rodeo

Saturday, Dec. 1 4pm

Kiur Aarma, Raimo Joerand, 2018 | 75mins

Directors Kiur Aarma and Raimo Joerand construct an absorbing portrait of one of the most unusual periods in Estonian history in Rodeo, a documentary which deals with the rapid ascent to high political office of 32-year old Mart Laar, the youngest prime minister in European history. In 1992, Estonia held its first free election since World War II, and elected the inexperienced Laar, who was tasked with providing order to the country, which was at that time in complete chaos. Closely chronicling the innumerable ups and downs of Laar’s time in public office, the film deals with the storied relationship between Estonia and the Soviet Union, both prior to and during Laar’s stint as Prime Minister of Estonia. Rodeo is full of twists and turns that seem unbelievable at times, but this engaging film is a testament to the adage that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Ireland | The Drummer and The Keeper
Nov
30
8:30 pm20:30

EUFF: Ireland | The Drummer and The Keeper

Friday, Nov. 30 8:30pm

Nick Kelly, 2017 | 94mins

Featuring a touching plot highlighted by topical commentary on the nature of mental illness, The Drummer and the Keeper is the feature length debut for Irish musician-turned-director Nick Kelly. Gabriel, a teenage rock drummer with a rebellious and spunky streak, is frustrated when he is suddenly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Forced to seek treatment by his family and bandmates, Gabriel begins attending therapeutic soccer matches on the advice of his therapist. During one soccer match he strikes an unorthodox and tenuous friendship with Christopher, a neurotic but admirable goalkeeper with Asperger’s Syndrome. Although their relationship is antagonistic at first, before long, Gabriel and Christian form an unlikely bond that will change them forever.

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EUFF: Luxembourg | Rusty Boys
Nov
30
6:30 pm18:30

EUFF: Luxembourg | Rusty Boys

Friday, Nov. 30 6:30pm

Andy Bausch, 2017 | 94mins

Youthful rebellion and senior retirement enjoyably collide in Rusty Boys, a side-splitting comedy surrounding the boisterous lives of four senior Luxembourgish men; Fons (70), Jean-Louis (82), Nicolas (65), and Jangi (84). Disillusioned with the expectations of their families and society as a whole, they decide to begin to live life by their own rules. When ultimately threatened with the prospects of living the rest of their lives in a mundane retirement home headed by an oppressive matriarch, the four men decide to establish their own retirement home, liberated by the redundant rules and restrictions they so desperately despise. Featuring laugh-out-loud performances from revered Luxembourg actors Fernando Fox (Jangi), and Paul Greisch (Jean-Louis), Rusty Boys provides a surprisingly touching portrayal of living as a senior citizen, and was partially funded through the Luxembourg Film Fund, a part of the Creative Europe initiative.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Malta | Gozo
Nov
29
8:30 pm20:30

EUFF: Malta | Gozo

Thursday, Nov. 29 8:30pm

Miranda Bowen, 2016 | 80mins

Lucille and Joe have moved to Gozo, a tiny island in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Malta. They have a nice car, a steady income, a beautiful farmhouse with breathtaking views and a swimming pool. They seem to have it all. But when a young tourist goes missing on the island, Joe's troubled conscience begins to get the better of him. As the buried horrors of Lucille and Joe's past resurface, the cracks begin to show in their homespun paradise.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Belgium | The Ardennes
Nov
29
6:30 pm18:30

EUFF: Belgium | The Ardennes

Thursday, Nov. 29 6:30pm

Robin Pront, 2015 | 93mins

Marking his feature film debut, Flemish film director Robin Pront constructs a powerfully affecting narrative of betrayal, organized crime and love in The Ardennes, which deals with troubled pasts and a dangerous love triangle. The plot centres around brothers Dave and Kenneth, two relatively successful Flemish criminals with an appetite for violence. When a brutal car-jacking goes awry however, Dave is forced to leave Kenneth behind, where he is apprehended by the police. Four years later, tensions fly when Kenneth is released from prison, only to find his brother leading a more wholesome life, albeit in a relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Sylvie. Featuring a distinctly cold visual style inspired by the mountain ranges it’s named after, The Ardennes was an official selection at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. “This is storytelling as lean and unpredictable as a fighting dog; it’s one of the strongest first features I’ve seen this year.” - Wendy Ide, The Guardian

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Hungary | Aurora Borealis
Nov
26
7:00 pm19:00

EUFF: Hungary | Aurora Borealis

Monday, Nov. 26 7pm

Marta Meszaros, 2017 | 104mins

The latest feature by famed Hungarian director Marta Meszaros, Aurora Borealis is an intense, emotional film that deals with the themes of trauma, family history, and coming of age. Olga, a middle aged Hungarian woman working as a lawyer in Vienna is suddenly uprooted when she receives news that her elderly mother, Maria, has fallen in to a coma. Upon rushing back home to aid Maria, Olga gradually learns that the entire history of her family has been a lie, one staunchly guarded by Maria herself. To complicate matters further, Olga also begins to struggle with her own self-acceptance, and is forced to confront the nature of her mysterious identity. Packed with brilliantly executed flashbacks that tell both Olga and Maria’s life stories, Aurora Borealis is a poignant drama that delves into to unseen and unspoken personal histories.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Slovenia | Slovenia, Australia and Tomorrow The World
Nov
25
6:30 pm18:30

EUFF: Slovenia | Slovenia, Australia and Tomorrow The World

Sunday, Nov. 25 6:30pm

Marco Nabersnik, 2017 | 116mins

Featuring lifelike characters and a universally relatable narrative, Slovenia, Australia and Tomorrow the World follows the story of Boris Jenko, a middle class family man who works as an electrician within a multi-level company. Jaded by the prospects of perpetually unadventurous family life, Boris begins to have dreams of greater success, dreams that come to fruition when he is tapped to work for Cosmica, a largely successful company providing door to door sales and counselling services. Problems arise however when Boris realizes that this lifestyle of wheeling and dealing and success within his business comes at the cost of his steady family life. Illuminatingly poignant and markedly funny at times, Slovenia, Australia and Tomorrow the World contains a unique blend of drama and comedy, highlighted by performances by Slovenian stalwarts Jure Ivanusic and Aljosa Ternovsek, and was nominated for the Golden Sun Award at the 2017 Cinedays Skopje Film Festival.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Sweden | A Serious Game
Nov
25
4:00 pm16:00

EUFF: Sweden | A Serious Game

Sunday, Nov. 25 4pm

Pernilla August, 2016 | 115mins

Based on the renowned 1912 novel of the same name, A Serious Game is an emotionally affecting period romance that deals with the popular themes of time, and clandestine love affairs. The film follows Lydia and Arvid, two youthful lovers who drastically decide to end their romance together, following a tragic incident. Ten years pass however, and Lydia and Arvid, now both married to other people, decide to rekindle the passionate romance they once had through an affair. Forced to reflect upon both their time spent together and time spent apart, Lydia and Arvid discover new things about themselves, and the nature of their relationship as a whole. With a brilliant script from popular Danish screenwriter Lone Scherfig, A Serious Game is a profoundly evocative depiction of forbidden romance, and was the recipient of two Guldbagge Awards in 2017, for Best Supporting Actor, and Best Costume Design.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Italy | I Can Quit Whenever I Want
Nov
24
8:30 pm20:30

EUFF: Italy | I Can Quit Whenever I Want

Saturday, Nov. 24 8:30pm

Sydney Sibilia, 2015 | 110mins

Buckle up. This is a high-stakes caper film with a stimulating blend of slick action and side-splitting dark comedy. The plot follows Pietro, an intelligent but broke molecular research assistant who is desperately looking to find a steady source of income. Upon suddenly finding himself inside of a disco filled with young people, he realizes that “smart drugs” have become popular among the youth, and recruits his friends to help him in operating a drug manufacturing lab. Problems arise, however, when Pietro begins to garner the attention of Murena, a powerful and dangerous local drug dealer. Refreshingly witty, I Can Quit was a massive success in Italy, and was the recipient of numerous international festival awards, including the Golden Puffin Award for Best Film at the Reykjavik International Film Festival.

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EUFF: Poland | Cold War
Nov
24
6:30 pm18:30

EUFF: Poland | Cold War

Saturday, Nov. 24 6:30pm

Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018 | 88mins

Featuring the blossoming of an impossible romance set against the backdrop of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Cold War is a provocative examination of everyday life during this troubled historical period. The film revolves around two protagonists; Wiktor, a composer and pianist looking for young performers to perform in a propaganda musical, and Zula, a beautiful and promising teenage vocalist who auditions for said musical. Before long, the two indulge in a passionate romance, and Wiktor makes Zula a star. Crisis strikes however, when Wiktor and Zula agree to do a performance in East Berlin, giving them the perfect opportunity to defect to the West. Cold War won director Pawel Pawlikowski the Best Director Award at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, and is the Polish selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

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EUFF: Latvia | The Pagan King
Nov
24
4:00 pm16:00

EUFF: Latvia | The Pagan King

Saturday, Nov. 24 4pm

Aigars Grauba, 2018 | 114mins

Taking place in Northern Europe during the 13th Century, The Pagan King is a stimulating and awe-inspiring epic that deals with a conflict regarding the last pagan settlement near the Baltic Sea, in Semigallia, Lativa. When the elderly king Viesturs is mysteriously poisoned by an unknown assailant, he unexpectedly passes on the throne to Namejs, his young and inexperienced nephew. Tensions begin to fly however when the enigmatic Max, a warrior who wishes to end the tribes pagan beliefs through his own leadership, attempts to gain influence among the tribe’s members. If that wasn’t enough, Namejs also has to contend with Roman Catholic invaders, who wish to end his tribes existence entirely. Helmed by performances from notable actors Edvin Endre and James Bloor, The Pagan King features breathtaking scenery and exhilarating actions sequences, and was supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia.

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EUFF: Croatia | Quit Staring At My Plate
Nov
23
8:30 pm20:30

EUFF: Croatia | Quit Staring At My Plate

Friday, Nov. 23 8:30pm

Hana Jušić, 2016 | 105mins

With a clever screenplay full of comical and energetic dialogue, Quit Staring at My Plate is a surprisingly powerful character study exploring the nuances of freedom and femininity. Marijana, a hard-working and tenacious young woman, is suddenly thrust in to the role of matriarch for her massive family when her father has a serious stroke. Burdened with the heavy responsibility of caring for her needy family, Marijana lashes out by indulging in sexual relationships with a variety of unscrupulous men. Initially, Marijana enjoys her newly found freedom, but tensions arise when this freedom perhaps becomes too much for her to handle. Uncompromising and finely observed, Quit Staring at My Plate has won over 18 awards in numerous international film festivals.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Denmark | Walk With Me
Nov
23
6:30 pm18:30

EUFF: Denmark | Walk With Me

Friday, Nov. 23 6:30pm

Lisa Ohlin, 2016 | 105mins

A heartfelt tale of overcoming adversity, WALK WITH ME melds themes of romance and the aftermath of war, all the while exploring the limits of the human spirit. When a 25 year-old soldier named Thomas is seriously injured by stepping on an active land mine while deployed in Afghanistan, he returns to Denmark to undergo rehabilitation. At the hospital, he is frustrated by the prospect of learning how to live with a prosthetic leg. His attitude changes when he is introduced to Sofie, an ambitious ballerina who is visiting a sick relative. Sofie offers to help rehabilitate Thomas, through a strict and rigorous regiment of physiotherapy. Unbeknownst to them, a special bond begins to form between them that will change their lives forever.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Slovakia | The Line
Nov
22
8:30 pm20:30

EUFF: Slovakia | The Line

Thursday, Nov. 22 8:30pm

Peter Bebjak, 2017 | 108mins

This dark, stylish crime thriller that deals with the heavily secured outer-border of the European Union takes place in 2007, prior to Slovakia’s admittance in to the Schengen Area of the European Union. Adam, a burly and hardened criminal, acts as the head of a professional gang which smuggles illegal cigarettes into the EU. The operation is steady and profitable, but tensions escalate when Krull, a Ukrainian crime boss, desires to up the ante by smuggling stronger drugs across the border. Featuring a strong cast of characters highlighted by performances from Tomas Mastiler and Emilia Vasaryova, The Line was nominated for the Best Feature Award at the 2017 Chicago International Film Festival.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Cyprus | Sunrise in Kimmeria
Nov
22
6:30 pm18:30

EUFF: Cyprus | Sunrise in Kimmeria

Thursday, Nov. 22 6:30pm

Simon Farmakas, 2017 | 100mins

Director Simon Farmakas concocts a unique blend of screwball comedy and drama in Sunrise in Kimmeria, a film that contrasts quaint village lifestyles with conceptual science fiction. The life of Skevos, an average young citizen in the small Cypriot village of Kimmeria, is drastically turned upside-down when a UFO crash lands in to a local potato field. Letting his curiosity get the best of him, Skevos attempts to investigate the crash site, setting off a series of events involving everything from a local town election to government intelligence agencies. Despite all of these happenings however, perhaps Skevos’ most important discovery will be his own identity. Sunrise in Kimmeria is charming and cheeky.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Spain | Hopelessly Devout
Nov
21
7:00 pm19:00

EUFF: Spain | Hopelessly Devout

Wednesday, Nov. 21 7pm

Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz, 2018 | 90mins

Featuring an exceptionally funny premise and a unique and colourful cast of characters, Hopelessly Devout delivers an irresistible and amusing tale of female empowerment. Carmen, a pious and enterprising senior woman is shocked when she is not chosen to be the first female leader of her local religious group. To make matters worse, her rival, a prickly and arrogant man named Ignacio is elected instead. Ignacio persistently attempts to get Carmen removed from her position within the group, until an ‘unfortunate accident’ occurs, one that will force Carmen to enlist the help of all of the women around her. Hopelessly Devout is a decidedly offbeat, off-kilter comedy, and is a big hit on the film festival circuit, most recently at Miami and San Sebastian.

Presented with English subtitles.

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EUFF: Germany | Transit
Nov
20
7:00 pm19:00

EUFF: Germany | Transit

Tuesday, Nov. 20 7pm

Christian Petzold, 2018 | 102mins

Brilliantly adapted from the popular 1942 novel by Anna Seghers, Transit is an inventive period film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Phoenix). Georg is a German refugee who escapes to Marseille, a port for migrants fleeing the dangers of an unspecified war. He carries the documents of a famous writer, Weidl: a manuscript, the promise of a travel pass from the Mexican embassy, and letters from the writer's wife, Marie. Discovering that Weidl has committed suicide, Georg decides to assume the dead author's identity. He also grows hesitant about leaving the continent, and, after reading her letters, develops an obsessive desire for the mysterious Marie — herself still stranded in the city. “Transit, evoking shades of Hitchcock and Casablanca, is an unlikely, wrenching love story as much as a sly, unsettling thriller and — like much of director Christian Petzold's oeuvre — a film about ghosts, memory, and historical trauma.” -2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

Presented with English subtitles.

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