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And it has been here for 40 years. See films at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in September.
60 minutes | Comedy, Parody | Mature To write the script for “Best Picture” you would need nothing less than an encyclopedic knowledge of film history. You will not, however, need more that a layperson’s familiarity to enjoy it. This show is a rapid-fire series of gags, lambasting every film to ever be awarded the […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
After moving to Ottawa from BC nearly a decade ago, Hannah has made it her mission to explore Ottawa. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter. Ah Valentine’s Day. Some love it, others hate it. Personally, I’m more excited for Galentine’s Day, the best day of the year! No matter your preference, grab your friends and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]