Tag: cfi

Ingrid Bergman, Photographer Unknown. Courtesy: Rialto Pictures/Mantaray Film/Wesleyan Cinema Archives

THE PACKRAT: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words – film review

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words     director: Stig Björkman (Sweden)     Bright Nights: The 6th Baltic-Nordic Film Festival     Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:00 pm     River Building Theatre, Carleton University     Every ten years, movie starlet Ingrid Bergman changed her life: countries, husbands, studios, directors and sometimes children. She loved life, and lived it […]

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2 Nights Till Morning – film review

2 Nights Till Morning – film review

2 NIGHTS TILL MORNING     director:  Mikko Kuparinen (Finland)     Bright Nights: The 6th Baltic-Nordic Film Festival (CFI)     Friday, February 19, 2016, 7:00 pm     River Building Theatre, Carleton University)     Oh hey, the perfect one night stand: a couple of buff travellers from far away lands (Finland, France) on a brief Vilnius stopover, conveniently […]

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TICKTICKTICK – Louder Than Bombs – film review

TICKTICKTICK – Louder Than Bombs – film review

LOUDER THAN BOMBS     director: Joachim Trier (Norway) Bright Nights: The 6th Baltic-Nordic Film Festival (CFI)     River Building, Carleton University     Hiding in a dark drama vehicle from Norway, Jesse Eisenberg delivers a staggering performance that tops his ridiculously prolific, yet young career. Sparring with heavyweights Gabriel Byrne and Isabelle Huppert (and excellent newcomer David Druid) , Eisenberg stealthily steals […]

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Wild Life – film review

Wild Life – film review

WILD LIFE (VIE SAUVAGE) director: Cedric Kahn Tuesday, December 8th, 7pm Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street, Ottawa Living off the grid sure sounds romantic, but unfortunately in real life, living off the land, romance is not top priority. “Wild Life” traces a drastic family separation when the mother decides to escape a communal hippie culture she no longer believes in. […]

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THE FINNISH LINE – The Grump – film review

THE FINNISH LINE – The Grump – film review

THE GRUMP    director: Dome Karukoski    Finland, 2014, 104 minutes    30th European Union Film Festival    ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street, Ottawa    Sunday, November 29, 2015, 3:50pm    In the 1976 Olympics Lasse Viren cemented his place as the premier long distance runner in world with a 5,000 and 10,000m double, matching his 1972 feat. Not much has […]

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I WANNA BE A COWBOY – Cowboys – film review

I WANNA BE A COWBOY – Cowboys – film review

KAUBOJI (COWBOYS)    director: Tomislav Mršić    Croatia, 107 minutes    30th European Union Film Festival     ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street    Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:55pm Small town, local theatre productions can be utterly delicious in their awfulness. Now imagine such a venture featuring a band of Croatian misfits stumbling to produce a western play. Not as far fetched […]

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GRUMPY OLD NAZI HUNTER

GRUMPY OLD NAZI HUNTER

MR. KAPLAN directed by Alvaro Brechner Thursday, May 7, 7pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University The 19th Latin American Film Festival You’re never too old for adventure. Take Mr. Kaplan, a bumbling grandpa with eyesight and memory issues, who decides to play vigilante when a shady character enters his mundane life. The Uruguayan locals call him “The Nazi”, which is more than enough to […]

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GROOVE SKIP

GROOVE SKIP

VINYL DAYS directed by Gabriel Nesci Thursday, April 30, 7pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University The 19th Latin American Film Festival A cash of classic rock cascades from the heavens above and forever changes the lives of four life-long friends. Perhaps a bit romantic, but anyone growing up in the heady days when radio ruled not only the airwaves, but also guided revolutions […]

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THE LONG TRAIN HOME

THE LONG TRAIN HOME

  THE EXCURSIONIST directed by Audrius Juzenas Sunday, February 8, 4pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton Umiversity Bright Nights – The 5th Baltic – Nordic Film Festival   Disguised as a post war Lithuanian epic concerning the harrowing journey of an exiled orphan, The Excursionist is really about a sweet ten year old caught up in a series of unfortunate events, […]

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BLAST OFF

BLAST OFF

  Zweisitzrakete (Two-Seater Rocket) (Austria) directed by Hans Hofer Thursday, November 20, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 29th European Union Film Festival Put your Austrian preconceptions aside and enjoy a fluffy romcom that is usually the domain of hot-blooded western Europe. This is the story of lifelong friends Manuel and Mia, who as adults, find themselves experiencing some new growing […]

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Father Knows Worst

Father Knows Worst

En el nombre de la hija (In the Name of the Girl) dir. Tania Hermida Ecuador, 2011, 108 minutes Spanish with English sub-titles 18th Latin American  Film Festival Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:00 pm Who better to tackle politics, class, race and religion in mid-seventies Ecuador than open minded kids? Exactly. What starts out as an innocent […]

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Grown-up Pains

Grown-up Pains

Peurto Padre (Port Father) dir. Gustavo Fallas Costa Rica, 2013, 86 minutes Spanish with English sub-titles 18th Latin American  Film Festival Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Sunday, March 30, 2014, 4:00 pm Filmed in warm  golden skin tones and bluesy-green backgrounds, Puerto Padre captures the stark beauty of Costa Rica and its people. That beauty can be good, and can be […]

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Bland Heaven

Bland Heaven

  Cielo Oscuro (Dark Heaven) directed by Joel Calero Peru, 2012, 77 minutes Spanish with English sub-titles 18th Latin American  Film Festival Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:00 pm Not so much a stinker, but more a lingering, odd odor of a movie, Dark Heaven delivers on none of its promises of passionate, dark and stylish. That is […]

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The Gold, the Bad and the Ugly

The Gold, the Bad and the Ugly

Serra Pelada / Bald Mountain directed by Heitor Dhalia (Brazil) March 27th 395 Wellington, National Archives 18th Latin American  Film Festival 1980s Brazil was a time of ridiculous short shorts and a crazy gold rush. Desperate times plus desperate measures equals riveting plot fodder, which in this case, makes for grand cinema. Bald Mountain  follows two lifelong friends who flee […]

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COMING TO TERM

COMING TO TERM

9 MONTH STRETCH directed by Albert Dupontel, France, 2013, 82 minutes Friday March 14, 2014, 9:15 pm 12th DiverCine Film Festival: World Cinema from La Francophonie ByTowne Cinema   Fans of Edgar Wright’s fast paced dark comedies please line up. Seems the French can splatter blood with a wink and a nudge much like the Brits. Heck, even Monty Pythoner Terry Gilliam […]

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The Rider

The Rider

Moonrider  (Denmark) directed by Daniel Dencik Saturday, February 8th, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 4th Baltic-Nordic  Film Festival Grainy film alert! Grainy film alert! Fans of classic raw sports docs will be in geek heaven here. “Moonrider” mixes choppy, super 8 glory with a trippy soundtrack to tell the tale of one Ramsus Quaade, a young Danish cycling god. A physical […]

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STUFF IT!

STUFF IT!

My Stuff  (Finland) directed by Petri Luukkainen Wednesday, February 5th, 9pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 4th Baltic-Nordic  Film Festival In an early life crisis, filmmaker Petri Luukkainen decides to ditch all of his worldly possessions, in a storage locker. But instead of heading to the hills in search of communal living, Petri allows himself the trickle luxury of retrieving one item […]

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