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Future of Ottawa: Painting our city’s portrait

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, […]

The Good Son: A Finnish premiere in Ottawa

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 […]

The Excursionist at the Bright Nights Film Festival

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 […]

Aurora Borealis screens best short films from around the country

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. […]

Q&A with Montreal Filmmaker Theodore Ushev

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 […]

DiverCiné – World Cinema from La Francophonie highlights the cultures of the French-speaking world

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 […]

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