DiverCiné Brings Francophone Cinema to Ottawa

La Pirogue opens and closes DiverCiné 2013

Francophones in the Ottawa area can see films in their native tongue when the annual DiverCiné festival returns March 8th to March 17th. DiverCiné brings films from other French-speaking nations to Ottawa in a week-long celebration of film and culture. The event is organized by the Embassy of France to Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage, in partnership with the Canadian Film Institute and the ByTowne Cinema. “The DiverCiné festival offers us once more an opportunity to pay homage to the talent and the creativity of filmmakers in Canada and in the other countries of the Francophonie,” says French Ambassador Philippe Zeller. “For the 11th year in a row, Canadian Heritage and the Embassy of France have come together around DiverCiné to celebrate the cultural diversity of all the French-speaking countries of the world through cinema.” Films at DiverCiné represent Francophone cinema from all corners of the globe with films from Canada and Europe on the programme alongside offerings from Africa and Asia.

This year, DiverCiné includes eleven Ottawa premieres of high-profile films from festivals like Berlin, Cannes, and Toronto. Among the films to screen are also some competitors from this year’s Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film, including Canada’s nominee Rebelle. Rebelle is largely considered the front-runner for Best Picture at this weekend’s Canadian Screen Awards. Ottawans also have their first chance to see one of the films that was a finalist to be Canada’s submission for the Oscar race: Rafaël Ouellet’s acclaimed festival hit Camion. Also included in the DiverCiné line-up is Switzerland’s acclaimed entry Sister, which made the January shortlist.

The festival is bookended by Ottawa premieres of the Senegalese film La Pirogue, which competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. La Pirogue opens the festival with a screening in its original Wolof and French soundtrack with French subtitles. The film also closes the festival with a screening that includes English subtitles to accompany the original dialogue.

This year’s DiverCiné includes a greater number of films with English subtitles than in previous years. It’s a welcome change that ensures these films can open a bigger window to Francophone cinema, but can also be appreciated by as large an audience as possible. Last year, for example, included the only Ottawa screenings of acclaimed films like the Dardenne Brothers’ A gamin au vélo (The Kid with a Bike) or the Moroccan entry Omar m’a tué (Omar Killed Me) in French without English subtitles. Not all screenings include subtitles, so please make sure to consult the programme before the screening. Or, better yet, rafraîchir votre français!

DiverCiné screens March 8-18, 2013

The screening list is as follows:

La Pirogue (The Pirogue)
Dir. Moussa Touré | Senegal | 87 min | No English subtitles
Friday, March 8, 2013, 7:00 pm, ByTowne Cinema

Camille redouble
Dir. Noémie Lvosky | France | 115 min. | English sub-titles
Saturday, March 9, 9:00 pm, ByTowne Cinema
Trailer (embedding disabled)

Ernest and Célestine
Dir. B. Renner, V. Patar, Stéphanie Aubier | France/Belgium/Luxembourg | 79 min. | English subtitles
Sunday, March 10, 2 :30 pm, ByTowne Cinema

Dir. Djamila Sahraoui | Algeria | 90 min. | No English subtitles
Sunday, March 10, 6 :15, Bytowne Cinema

The Floating Lives
Dir. Nguyen Phan Quang Binh | Vietnam | 113 min. | No English subtitles
Monday, March 11, 6:40, ByTowne Cinema

Selection of Short Films from the Canadian Francophonie
Dir. Various | Canada | 90 min. | English subtitles
Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 pm, Club SAW

Everybody in Our Family
Dir. Radu Jude | Romania | 107 min. | No English subtitles
Tuesday, March 12, 8 :55pm, ByTowne Cinema

The Virgin, the Copts, and Me
Dir. Namir Abdel Messeeh | Egypt/France/Qatar | 91 min. | English subtitles
Wednesday, March 13, 8:55pm, ByTowne Cinema

Dir. Rafaël Ouellet | Canada | 94 min. | English subtitles
Thursday, March 14, 6 :55pm, ByTowne Cinema

Dir. Kim Nguyen | Canada/Congo (DRC) | 90 min. | No English subtitles
Friday, March 15, 9:05 pm, ByTowne Cinema

Dir. Ursula Meier | Switzerland | 97 min. | English subtitles
Saturday, March 16, 7 :05pm, ByTowne Cinema

Le Jour des Corneilles
Dr. Jean-Christophe Dessaint | France/Canada | 96 min. | English subtitles
Sunday, March 17, 1 :15pm, ByTowne Cinema

La Pirogue  (The Pirogue)
Dir. Moussa Touré | Senegal | 87 min. | English subtitles (but no French subtitles)
Sunday, March 17, 6:20pm, ByTowne Cinema.

Tickets for single screenings are $10 for general admission; $7 for Seniors, ByTowne members, and CFI members; and $4 for full time students. There are also packages for 5 films or 11 films, so please visit www.divercine.com  and www.facebook.com/DiverCineFestival for more information.