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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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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE – The Sinking of Sozopol – film review

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE – The Sinking of Sozopol – film review

THE SINKING OF SOZOPOL    director: Kostadin Bodev    30th European Union Film Festival    Monday, November 23, 2015, 8:45 pm    ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street    Be prepared for a soaking. This is one wet film. There is rain, there is ocean, there is vodka. Ten bottles worth in fact. When Chavo returns to the seaside village of […]

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FACE OFF

FACE OFF

Vis-à-vis Director: Nevio Marasović   Thursday, November 27, 9pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 29th European Union Film Festival   A film about a filmmaker’s life, which revolves around his making of a film about his life. Whew. Vis-à-vis is not as complicated as all that, in fact it is quite simple, straightforward, easily digestible, and full of just enough humorous […]

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LAST TANGO IN EVROS

LAST TANGO IN EVROS

    To tango ton Hristougennon (Christmas Tango) Director: Nikos Koutelidakis Tuesday, November 25, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 29th European Union Film Festival   Usually the Greeks go over the top: lots of music, lots of food, lots of yelling; and with love, tango and military involved in the plot, it’s a little hard to gear down for the […]

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STRONG, JACK STRONG

STRONG, JACK STRONG

  Jack Strong (Poland) Directed by Władysław Pasikowski Saturday, November 22, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 29th European Union Film Festival Despite the flashy poster, dashing leading man, and promise of super secret espionage thrills, this is not a James Bond movie. You have been warned. Instead, Jack Strong is a methodical retelling of a complicated cat and mouse tale […]

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THE BIG FINNISH

THE BIG FINNISH

Tie pohjoiseen (Road North) Directed by Mika Kaurismäki (Finland) Friday, November 21, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 29th European Union Film Festival After lighting up, Leo is curtly asked if he could smoke outside. He responds innocently with, “outside, inside, wherever”. That kind of smarmy yet light-hearted attitude is the key behind Mika Kaurismaki’s latest road trip adventure. Road North […]

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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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THE REAL HEAL

THE REAL HEAL

  Mon âme par toi guérie (One of a Kind) (France) directed by François Dupeyron Wednesday, November 19, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 29th European Union Film Festival Water, beer and Champagne: liquids of sustenance are ingested with an intensity that life fuels deserve. It’s such small nuances that make François Dupeyron’s engrossing One of a Kind a viewing gem not […]

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