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Weekend Roundup: What to do?

After last weekend’s heat wave, I think it’s safe to say summer has arrived in our fair city. And with it comes a slew of festivals and other fun events. Enjoy! One of my favourite events takes place this weekend: Doors Open Ottawa gives you the chance to take a look inside some of the […]

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

The manic pixie dream billboard of Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama hugging in Sandy Hill (thanks CBC!) just might have brought sunlight back to Ottawa. We may not have state dinners, but we are beaming with endless arts and culture festivals, shows, and outdoor adventures. Sunny ways are back, baby! Versefest, Ottawa’s international poetry festival, […]

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Quoi faire ce weekend: What to totally not do in Ottawa this weekend

You’re staying in this weekend? Okay, cool. No, I mean it, I’m checking out. It’s more frigid than Stephen Harper’s heart. There’s nothing that could beat rewatching Friends or cycling between Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in a continuous boredom feedback loop. Zero. Zip. Nada. It’s not like six of the city’s most flavourful restaurants are […]

Still from Summer, from the InsideOut website

Film Review: Small town blues & awakening in Summer

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 […]

Liz in September

Film Review: Venezuelan lesbian drama, Liz in September

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, […]

What we Have

Film Review: The painful past persists in What We Have

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 […]

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

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 […]

My Enemy My Brother

My Enemy, My Brother essential viewing at OIFF today

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 […]

Ballet Boys

Q&A with director Kenneth Elvebakk of Ballet Boys

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 […]

Jackie Boy

Campanale’s gritty Jackie Boy gets Canadian premiere

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 […]

Still from Wildlike, from the film's website

OIFF prepares for jam-packed weekend

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 […]

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