Canadian Film Institute
I consider myself to be a good Canadian girl. Minus 40 weather be damned- I’ve got places to go and people to see. Twenty articles of clothing later I’m heading out into the eyelash-freezing, forehead numbing, unsightly snot-inducing wind and snow. We’re Canadians-we laugh in the face of winter’s harsh blows! We’re united in refusing […]
Language is a tricky thing. Here in Canada, and particularly in Ottawa, we’re keenly aware of the complexities that can arise when languages, and cultures, come together. Language simultaneously unites communities who share it and alienates those who do not. Language is a way of exploring the differences between us: that doesn’t have to be […]
Montréal filmmaker Theodore Ushev’s animation is a sight to behold. Drawing on influences from his background in graphic design and from growing up in Soviet-era Bulgaria, his work combines the psychological finesse of Eisenstein’s montage theory with a modern technical approach. Describing the attraction of his work, Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Executive Director Tom McSorley […]
Jean McLernon is the Executive Assistant / Event Planner for the Ottawa International Film Festival. Tomorrow night is a very special screening for the Ottawa International Film Festival and the City of Ottawa. The city holds many events throughout the summer, and one of its last special events for the season is a film screening. […]
This 2012 film co-written and directed by Patrice Toye is so much more than a coming of age story. Set in the late seventies in Belgium, the film follows Katja, whose real name is Katerina, a 17-year old orphan who is pregnant and living in hiding with other teenage moms-to-be in the attic of a […]
It’s rare to see dramas incorporate metaphysical elements of the kind that remind me of the Mexican-Spanish film by Inarritu, Biutiful, whose main character was a sick, poor and desperate man with a gift: seeing the dead and helping them transition to the other side. Here, in Mon âme par toi guérie, the main character, […]
The Canadian Film Institute brings international contemporary cinema to town in partnership with Winterlude and the Baltic and Nordic countries. This year marks the 5th Baltic-Nordic Film Festival. Eight countries will be showcasing their best features from Friday, February 6 to Saturday, February 14 at Carleton University’s River Building. One movie per night will play […]
Director Zaida Bergroth’s second feature is a must-see. Cinematographically stunning, this is a complex drama about family life, focusing on a mutually destructive relationship between a mother and her oldest son. Leila is an actress that compulsively seeks attention, positive or negative. Always entertaining, she is surrounded by scandal. Accompanied by her two sons, she […]
This is part five in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition). In this comprehensive post, Jason St-Laurent, the curator at Galerie SAW Gallery, writes about the present state and future direction of the visual arts community in Ottawa-Gatineau. Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. In the past year, […]
And it has been here for 40 years. See films at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in September.
The program includes 11 screenings of international feature-length films, Ottawa premieres, and world premieres by Canadian artists. An awards ceremony closes the festival on Sunday evening, December 4.
From a beer festival to a Baltic film festival to the biggest cross-country ski event in Canada, this weekend has it all! Don’t forget that Monday is Family Day which means a long weekend for many around the city. Get out there and enjoy!
The Canadian Film Institute is looking for digitized visual recordings of celebrations, events and people living their lives in recognizable sites in the Ottawa area as part of the Ottawa 2017 celebrations.
The Canadian Film Institute, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan and The Japan Foundation, is proud to present the 35th annual Festival Japan, celebrating the richness and diversity of contemporary Japanese Cinema. Admission is free! No reservation required, but please arrive early to guarantee a seat. Kimi wa iiko (Being Good) dir. Mipo O Japan, 2015, […]
The Canadian Film Institute, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan and The Japan Foundation, is proud to present the 35th annual Festival Japan, celebrating the richness and diversity of contemporary Japanese Cinema. Admission is free! No reservation required, but please arrive early to guarantee a seat. Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (Pekorosu no haha ni ai […]