OTTAWA (February 28, 2013) – Films from across the French-speaking world are coming to Ottawa at the 11th annual DiverCinƒ© – les ƒ©crans de la Francophonie du monde film festival running from March 8th to March 17th.
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, this year’s festival will feature eleven first-release films from Africa (Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal), Asia (Vietnam), Europe (Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Romania and Switzerland), the Middle East (Egypt and Qatar) and Canada.
Award-winning films from the past year are being screened for the first time in Ottawa, including: La Pirogue, a Senegalese entry, which competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Rebelle, a Canadian film that competed in the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year’s Oscars and L’enfant d’en haut, which received a special mention from the jury at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.
A special Canadian Short Film Program, featuring a diverse body of French-Canadian works is also scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th at Club Saw. This special program is being offered free of charge. This year’s festival also includes English subtitles in the majority of the films while also catering to a young audience with family friendly screenings.
“Francophone cinema explores contemporary issues in French-speaking societies around the globe in thought provoking ways, says Canadian Film Institute Director Tom McSorley. “We’re excited to be bringing eleven of this year’s most captivating releases to Ottawa.
“The DiverCinƒ© 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 DiverCinƒ© to celebrate the cultural diversity of all the French-speaking countries of the world through cinema.
With the help of its media partners, TV5 and Radio-Canada, DiverCinƒ© aims to express the identities, imaginings and cultures of the French-speaking world in all its diversity. Its programming gives prominence to films selected for major international festivals and gives Canadian audiences an opportunity to see first-rate movies created by filmmakers from a variety of the world’s French-speaking countries that are rarely screened in Canada.
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