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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Another weekend has arrived, here in Ottawa and we at Apt613 have you covered. Here is this week’s edition of the Weekend Roundup – full of tons of great ideas on how to spend your weekend! For all those a fan of a good craft fair, this weekend has plenty. The Ottawa Maker’s Market: Holiday Night Market is happening tonight, at Orange Gallery. Come meet 14 different artists and makers from Ottawa, up close and personal. Entry is pay what you can and 50% of the door proceeds help support... | Continue reading article

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Film Review: Small town blues & awakening in Summer

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Dutch director Colette Bothof and acclaimed screenwriter Marjolein Bierens have created an incredible coming-of-age story of outgrowing small-town life, awakening to one’s sexuality and finding love. The cinematographer, Goert Giltay, does an incredible job with the images, the colours, and in creating a domineering visual presence of the power plant, which is a central motif to the movie. It almost becomes a character, driving the plot from beginning to end. The scene in which the main character Anne (Sigrid ten Napel) spies on newcomer Lena (Jade Olieberg) is simply breathtaking:... | Continue reading article

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Film Review: Fraternal love, poverty & corruption in How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

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This story, told retrospectively as a memory by Oat, a young man who remembers his eleven year old self living in poverty in the outskirts of Bangkok, is the most touching narrative on fraternal love at this year’s Inside Out Festival. Oat’s older brother, Ek, is gay and surprisingly, there doesn’t seem to be any negative social or familial stigmatization around his sexuality. There is no question of it being accepted or not, it merely is—at least as narrated through Oat’s perspective. His innocence is most touching aspect of the... | Continue reading article

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Film Review: Venezuelan lesbian drama, Liz in September

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With a cast of stunning Latin women, and Patricia Velasquez playing Liz, you would think writer-director Fina Torres was casting a beauty pageant and not a movie about complex characters dealing with issues of identity, grief and death. Not to stereotype these human emotions and experiences or to objectify beautiful women, it strikes me that, apart from Velasquez’s role, many of the characters in Liz in September fall flat as living, emotional human beings. Liz’s love interest, Eva (Eloisa Maturen), who has just lost a child to cancer, whose husband... | Continue reading article

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Film Review: The painful past persists in What We Have

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I am certain that What We Have / Ce qu’on a is one of the best films featured at this year’s Inside Out Film Festival and I say this even though I’ve only reviewed a handful of the movies they have lined up until this Sunday at the Bytown Cinema. If you had but one film to see at this year’s LGBTQ film festival, this is the one. The cinematography is superb and the delicate narrative that manages to couple the fragile with the violent will leave you aligned with... | Continue reading article

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Sex, power & politics in Inside Out opening feature: The Girl King

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Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki’s The Girl King gives a modern rendering of Queen Kristina’s unorthodox sexual appetites and socio-political vision for Sweden in the middle of the 17th century. The natural body and the body politic collide as the young Queen goes counter-current and attempts to bring educational reforms while trying to end the Thirty Years War between Catholics and Protestants. Weaved into this narrative of power and knowledge is the passionate love story between Queen Kristina and her lady in waiting, Countess Ebba Sparre. It’s not the first time... | Continue reading article

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My Enemy, My Brother essential viewing at OIFF today

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A chance encounter in Vancouver between two men whose paths had crossed many years before on a battlefield on the other side of the world is at the heart of Ann Shin’s My Enemy, My Brother, a powerful and moving short film being screening this weekend at OIFF. The battle took place at Khorramshahr in southern Iran during the Iran-Iraq war. Zahed who was on the Iranian side was searching an Iraqi bunker that had been hit. Inside among the casualties he found Najah, wounded but still alive. Zahed looked... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with director Kenneth Elvebakk of Ballet Boys

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Among the films on show at this year’s Ottawa International Film Festival Kenneth Elvebakk’s Ballet Boys is one that immediately catches the eye. The film which follows three boys who work towards making their dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer a reality has already racked up a long list of awards and nominations around the world. We caught up with director Kenneth Elvebakk to discuss the film. Apt613: Ballet doesn’t seem to have the same appeal for boys as it does for girls, how did you meet these boys... | Continue reading article

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Campanale’s gritty Jackie Boy gets Canadian premiere

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Some might say that an aspiring filmmaker would be better served skipping film school and taking a bar job instead. Ottawa’s own Cody Campanale, whose debut feature film Jackie Boy gets it’s Canadian premiere this weekend at the Ottawa International Film Festival, took an altogether different route to the director’s chair. “I was working as an editor and line producer on other people’s films, but the goal was always to direct, so I gave up to concentrate on making my own film. Then after the money ran out I started... | Continue reading article

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OIFF prepares for jam-packed weekend

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The Ottawa International Film Festival (OIFF) is preparing for what will be its sixth year. On October 17th and 18th, the festival, held at Cineplex Lansdowne, will showcase over 50 productions from 13 countries, as well as informative panels that will appeal to industry insiders and film buffs alike. With that much on display, there is sure to be a little something for everyone. “Keeping it over a weekend helps us keep it small,” said festival founder Nina Bains, “but we’ve managed to jam in a lot of elements.” Indeed.... | Continue reading article

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