Outaouais Film Festival Starts This Weekend

Catherine Martin's Une jeune fille / A Journey
I’m in the midst of covering the films at DiverCiné, but it caught my eye that there is another film festival in the Ottawa area offering Francophone films this weekend. The 16th Outaouais Film Festival offers a large roster of Canadian and world cinema, and a handful of notable films include English subtitles in case any Ottawans are intrigued and might want to take a field trip to Québec. [Side note: there’s great stuff at DiverCiné this weekend, too, with The Missing Picture (review soon) and a screening of The Legend of Sarila that’s free for viewers under 16, although older kids are welcome.] Notable films at the Outaouais fest include a double shot of François Ozon films, including one of my favourites from last year, In the House. Ozon’s Young and Beautiful also screens at the festival. Canuck entries include Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle and Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm, although the real highlight might be Catherine Martin’s Une jeune fille, which might be the hardest to see outside the festival. (Many of the subtitled films are available on home release, but it's always better to see them on the big screen.) Some of the films that include English subtitles are :

Marine Vacth (Isabelle) in Jeune et Jolie. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.

Amsterdam (Stefan Miljevic, Canada) – Review
L’autre maison / The Other House (Mathieu Roy, Canada)
Le démantèlement / The Auction (Sébastien Pilote, Canada) – Review
Dans la maison / In the House (François Ozon, France) – Review, Top 10 Films of 2013 (#5)
Diego Star (Frédérique Pelletier Canada/Belgium)
Gabrielle (Louise Archambault, Canada) Review, Top 10 Canadian Film of 2013 (#1)
Jeune et Jolie / Young and Beautiful (François Ozon, France)
Louis Cyr (Daniel Roby, Canada) – Review
9 mois ferme é 9 Month Stretch (Albert Dupontel, France) - Review
Sarah préfère la course / Sarah Prefers to Run (Chloé Robichaud, Canada) – Review
Tom à la ferme / Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan, Canada/France) – Review
Une jeune fille / A Journey (Catherine Martin, Canada)
Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, France) – Review

Please see the festival website for full programme and details. The festival runs March 14 – 21.