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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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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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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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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Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

Mantis Nest | Cuba

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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

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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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Apr
16
7:00 pm19:00

The Gold Seekers | Paraguay

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Dir. Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori, 2017 | 102 mins

Good-natured and clever, newspaper delivery boy Manu dreams of a life of opulence and wealth, removed from the realities of the shantytown outside Asuncion where he lives with his overworked mother, baby sister, and grandparents. Given a book on his nation's history by his once-thrill-seeking grandfather, Manu discovers a weathered treasure map and quickly realises that riches beyond his wildest dreams might be closer than he'd ever imagined. Enlisting the help of best friend Fito and local cafe owner Elio, the trio set out to uncover a hidden fortune of silver, the mythical ‘Plata Yvyguy.’ They soon discover that Paraguay does not give up secrets easily. A fast-paced, funny, and thrilling follow-up to their sensational first feature, 7 Boxes (LAFF 2013) by writers-directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori.

Spanish with English subtitles.

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Apr
15
7:00 pm19:00

Central Park | Venezuela

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Dir. Luis Alberto Lamat, 2018 | 101 mins

Four very special couples fight with their lives to achieve their wishes. Some are looking for respect and the right to love; others face betrayal and hidden truths in their personal live. This unique anthology film features four stories full of humor, drama and passion, and they are linked to a singular setting, unfolding in the common space of ‘Central Park’ in Caracas. From renowned director Luis Alberto Lamata, whose 1994 film Naked With Oranges played at the first ever LAFF in 1997, and who returned to our festival in 2014 with his historical epic, Bolivar, Man of Difficulties.

Spanish with English subtitles.

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Apr
14
7:00 pm19:00

Averno | Bolivia

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Dir. Marcus Loayza, 2018 | 87 mins

Young shoeshine boy Tupah embarks on a frantic quest to find his uncle, who is lost in the Averno, a mythical place where the Andean inhabitants believe that the dead coexist with the living and where everything finds its opposite face. In a dangerous journey through the underworld, as myth and reality get endlessly intertwined, Tupah has to defeat the worst of his enemies and the greatest of his fears. An extraordinary adventure story merging ancient and modern myths, Averno is an absorbing, incredible (literally and figuratively), and endlessly entertaining tale rendered with a visually poetic style by a talented director, Marcus Loayza.

Spanish with English subtitles.

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Apr
14
4:00 pm16:00

Righting the Wrong | El Salvador

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Dir. Gianni Beretta, 2016 | 81 mins

Gianni Beretta’s engaging documentary is the story of Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 by death squads. Pope Francis, upon his arrival in 2013, initiated the process of his canonization, a very stormy process that divided the Roman Catholic Church and its ecclesiastical institutions. With his religious and political activities throughout Latin America, the importance of Romero transcends that of El Salvador, as he became an international symbol of liberty (in 1989, Hollywood even produced a biopic, Romero, starring Raul Julia). In his honour, to this day the United Nations celebrates every 24th of March as the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. This is the remarkable story of Romero’s life, death, and, in many senses, rebirth.

Spanish, Italian with English subtitles.

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Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

The Good Girls | Mexico

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Dir. Alejandra Marquez  Abella , 2018 | 93 mins

Sofia and Fernando have it all — money, status, beautiful houses, servants. Fernando has inherited all his wealth, acquired by his father with the help of his uncle Javier. At dinner one night, Javier announces he is stepping aside. There are a few dark clouds on the horizon: their American business associates have backed out of a deal, and the President of Mexico has just appeared on television with ominous news about the economy. Initially, their world remains untroubled. Sofia watches with bemusement as a young woman and her rather gauche husband, try to enter her social circle. But soon cracks appear in Sofia and Fernando's manicured lives, as the social and economic order undergoes seismic shifts. Part satire, part warning about the pitfalls of materialism, this elegant work is a subtle, sophisticated exploration from of the crumbling mores of Mexico's upper middle class during the country's debt crisis of 1982.

Spanish with English subtitles.

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Apr
13
4:00 pm16:00

The Second Mother | Brazil

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Dir. Anna Muylaert , 2016 | 112 mins

Veteran director Anna Muylaert’s The Second Mother dissects with precision and humour contemporary Brazilian class differences and family dynamics. The film revolves around Val, a hard- working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo. Val is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up, the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means. This engaging film won the Special Jury Award for Acting at Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Film in the Panorama Section at the Berlin Film Festival.

Portuguese with English subtitles.

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Canadian Masters: Nettie Wild (Screening)
Apr
4
7:00 pm19:00

Canadian Masters: Nettie Wild (Screening)

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KONELINE: OUR LAND BEAUTIFUL
Canada 2016 | 96 minutes
Director: Nettie Wild

KONELINE: OUR LAND BEAUTIFUL, award-winning documentary filmmaker Nettie Wild’s latest is a visually stunning celebration of an extraordinary part of the world, as well as a politically charged examination of the agents of ‘progress’ increasingly encroaching on the pristine landscapes of northern British Columbia. Set in the Tahltan territory, the film explores the various human forces, good and not so good, currently at work in this previously unspoiled environment: there are drilling companies, construction crews erecting massive transmission towers, and indigenous Tahltan people’s community elders protesting and debating what is happening on their land.  Rounding out this mesmerizing portrait of a place is a Tahltan man who is struggling to preserve the dying language of his people; indeed, it is the Tahltan word ‘koneline’ which gives the film its title. Winner of the Best Canadian Feature at the 2016 Hot Docs Festival, Wild’s film is, as Linda Barnard writes in the TORONTO STAR, ““Astonishing, stunningly beautiful…. equal parts sigh, song and cry.”

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Canadian Masters: Nettie Wild (Interview)
Apr
3
7:00 pm19:00

Canadian Masters: Nettie Wild (Interview)

Nettie Wild in Person: Interview

Canadian Film Institute Executive Director Tom McSorley will conduct an extensive, career-spanning onstage conversation with Nettie Wild, looking at her film works, her ideas about documentary cinema and new media, and, more generally, her artistic process. In English only.

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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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Ali Kazimi & Andrew J. Paterson | GGARTS Special Screening
Mar
26
7:00 pm19:00

Ali Kazimi & Andrew J. Paterson | GGARTS Special Screening

March 26, 7PM

Knot Project Space, Arts Court

Every year the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts recognizes the achievements and contributions of Canadian artists and those working in the contemporary visual and media arts.

To celebrate this year’s Media Arts winners, the Canadian Film Institute has collaborated with the Canada Council for the Arts to present a special screening of selected works by Ali Kazimi and Andrew James Paterson.

Ali Kazimi is a critically-acclaimed filmmaker who has also been recognized as an innovator for his work stereoscopic 3D cinema. Over the course of his career, he’s used a variety of different media from documentaries to stereoscopic 3D installations to explore issues of social justice, history, memory, race, and migration.

Andrew J. Paterson is an interdisciplinary artist working with film, video, music, performance, and both critical and fictional writing. His art is often concerned with the tension and relationships between bodies, technologies, institutions, and language. His videos and films have been exhibited across Canada and around the world in places like Berlin, Paris, Seoul, Bangalore, New York, Rotterdam, and Buenos Aires.

This event is free and open to the public. Both artists will be in attendance, and there will be a short Q&A after the screening.

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Owl Mountain | Lithuania BNFF
Mar
24
6:30 pm18:30

Owl Mountain | Lithuania BNFF

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Audrius Juzènas, 2018 | 135 minutes

Owl Mountain is sweeping a historical drama set in the turbulent immediate post-WWII period in Lithuania. Radio Free Europe, BBC, and Voice of America only rarely get through the Soviet imposed Iron Curtain in Lithuania, a country now torn by a war between the local resistance movement and the occupying Soviet regime. Anyone who dares to resist Soviet rule is terrorized, executed, or exiled to Siberia. Tedas is one of the local high-school students who witness the local armed resistance to the Soviet occupation and decides to join by taking up arms. Determined and daring, Tedas also collects documents and all kinds of evidence that prove crimes against Lithuania by the Kremlin, becoming a legend among his peers. But getting noticed may not be the most helpful thing for Tedas, as he will discover soon enough.

English sub-titles.

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Arvo Pärt: Even If I Lose Everything | Estonia BNFF
Mar
24
4:00 pm16:00

Arvo Pärt: Even If I Lose Everything | Estonia BNFF

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Dorian Supin, 2016 | 89 minutes

This riveting documentary offers an intimate and sensitive portrait of the legendary, internationally renowned contemporary Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, revealing the maestro’s philosophy of life and his creative process, as well as presenting his playful, humorous side in ordinary life in scenes with his family and friends. The title of the film, “Even if I lose everything…” is derived from a line Pärt wrote in his diary (which he calls his ‘workbooks’), in which he speaks eloquently about the sustaining, nourishing, transcendent presence of music. In the course of decades, along with his work on musical texts, he has filled those workbooks with his contemplations, his moments of grief and joy, his discoveries, and with everything that can be interpreted as revelations of the inner life of an artist. An absolute must-see for Pärt afficianados in particular, and for music lovers in general. Astonishing.

English sub-titles.

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Ravens | Sweden BNFF
Mar
23
8:30 pm20:30

Ravens | Sweden BNFF

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Dir. Jens Assur, 2017 | 107 minutes

Set in the 1970s, Ravens is the tangled tale of Agne, a salt-of-the-earth dedicated and diligent farmer who fights tooth and nail to save his farm from the owner’s profit-driven aspirations and the overall societal trends toward “modernization.” As this farm was run by the same family for over a century, passing from generation to generation, Agne is certain that his eldest son, Klas, will take over and carry on the family tradition. When he gets to know Klas’s real intentions, Agne’s world will be turned upside down, and he will deal with this ‘crisis’ in unsettling ways, both for him and his son. This stylish, visually arresting first feature film by photographer Jens Assur is an intense psychological drama about the complexities of family obligations, strained loyalties, and the inevitability of change.

English sub-titles. Mature content.

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Darling | Denmark BNFF
Mar
23
6:30 pm18:30

Darling | Denmark BNFF

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Dir. Birgitte Staermose, 2017 | 103 minutes

Darling is the moving love story of a dancer on the rollercoaster ride of her life, a drama about the rise and fall of a courageous woman facing life-altering circumstances. A world-famous Danish ballerina, Darling and her husband Frans return to the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen to perform the classic ballet "Giselle," where she will dance the title role with Frans as choreographer. During a rehearsal, however, Darling collapses, and the prognosis is dire: her hip is irreparably damaged. Her professional life in ruins, she decides to train a young ballerina named Polly to make her into the Giselle she can no longer be. But as Polly becomes the centre of attention, especially of Frans' attention, Darling must face the greatest trial of her life, both professional and personal.

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Hobbyhorse Revolution | Finland BNFF
Mar
23
4:30 pm16:30

Hobbyhorse Revolution | Finland BNFF

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Dir. Selma Vilhunen, 2018 | 90 minutes

Over the past ten years hobbyhorse riding has become a global phenomenon and a way of life for thousands of young people. Hobbyhorse Revolution is a funny, moving film about the power of imagination and the strength of community. The film follows three young girls, Aisku, Elsa and Alisa whose lives have been transformed by their new interest: hobbyhorses. Despite a lack of understanding by some, the girls bravely and spiritedly pursue their hobby. Playing with hobbyhorses is a traditional children’s activity, but today’s Finnish teenagers have created a versatile hobbyhorse subculture around it, raising the scene to a whole new level. Talented director Selma Vilhunen (whose Little Wing screened at our 2017 EU Film Festival) delivers an absorbing look at a passionate new form of empowerment and solidarity for young women in Finland and, as you’ll see, beyond!

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The King's Choice | Norway BNFF
Mar
22
7:00 pm19:00

The King's Choice | Norway BNFF

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Dir. Erik Poppe, 2016 | 133 minutes

The King’s Choice is based on the true the story about three dramatic days in April 1940, where the King of Norway is presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German armed forces: surrender or die. With Nazi soldiers hunting after them, the Royal Family is forced to flee the capital. In the best interest of the family, the Crown Princess Märtha leaves Norway with the children to seek refuge in Sweden, whilst King Haakon and the Crown Prince Olav flee to a small farming area just outside Elverum and meet the Germans head on. After three days of desperately trying to evade the Germans, King Haakon must make a final, fateful decision. This film was Norway’s contender for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2017.

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Merija's Journey | Latvia BNFF
Mar
21
7:00 pm19:00

Merija's Journey | Latvia BNFF

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Dir. Kristine Zelve, 2018 | 82 minutes

When the Germans retreated from Latvia in 1944, they took with them 700 boxes of art works and ancient manuscripts from the nation’s museums. They also took with them Merija Grinberga, who volunteered to keep her eye on the treasures until they could be returned home. This would end up costing her one tension-filled confrontation after another: first with the Nazis, then with Soviet occupation forces in Riga. After successfully shepherding the materials back to Latvia, her reward was to be fired from her museum job. But it has been thanks to Grinberga that many of Latvia’s museums aren’t empty today. Kristine Zelve’s remarkable documentary about a remarkable woman includes a first hearing of diaries Grinberga kept while fending off the bureaucracies of two occupying powers. Unforgettable.

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Woman at War | Iceland BNFF
Mar
20
7:00 pm19:00

Woman at War | Iceland BNFF

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Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018 | 100 mins

Halla has just learned she's been approved to adopt a child from a war-torn area in Ukraine, a long-time dream of hers. Trouble is, she's an eco-terrorist, deeply engaged in opposing the proliferation of heavy industry, urged on by unscrupulous politicians, that has been ruining Iceland's rugged landscape. Halla soon becomes a target of the aluminium industry, but is determined to see things through. In the heat of the struggle, though, Halla can't help wondering: is it better to save hypothetical lives in a safer future or the life of the daughter she has yet to meet? Erlingsson's second feature (after his acclaimed debut feature, Of Horses and Men) examines the dilemmas and complexities inherent in political protest, and weaves in astute political satire along into this absorbing tale of a fascinating woman.

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Bright Nights Launch Party
Mar
7
7:00 pm19:00

Bright Nights Launch Party

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Kick off another Baltic-Nordic Film Festival with the Bright Nights Launch Party!

This year we're in the beautiful OAG, in the Alma Duncan Salon, with DJ Jas Nasty keeping us pumped up all night long! But if dancing ain't yo thang, come on over to the Craft Corner to make some traditional Nordic crafts. Or stuff your face with Suzy Q Doughnuts. Sample some Nordic beers from Collective Arts. Bid on items from places like Spa Nordik in the Silent Auction. Watch the premiere of the Festival trailer. Relive your childhood at our LEGO building competition. Look outside at all the snow and be glad you're inside at this hot party!

Tickets in advance online: $12

At the door: $15

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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

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(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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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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