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Friday, June 2nd at 7:00pm
For the month of June, we offer you a screening of the documentary “Les Invisibles” directed by Sébastien Lifshitz, released in 2012.
Synopsis: Men and women born between the two world wars have nothing in common other than being homosexuals and having chosen to live it out in the open at a time when society rejected homosexuality. They loved, desired, and fought to be recognized. Today, they tell us about this rebellious life, divided between the desire to remain like everyone else and the obligation to invent a freedom to blossom.
Friday, May 5 at 7:00pm
For the month of May, we offer you a screening of “Nous” by Alice Diop, released in 2022.
Synopsis: A line, the RER B, crosses Paris from north to south. A journey inside these indistinct places that we call the suburbs. A mechanic in La Courneuve, the faithful commemorating the death of Louis XVI at the Saint-Denis basilica, a nurse visiting her patients, the memory of young deportees in Drancy, children, young people enjoying the quietness of summer, a writer in Gif-sur-Yvette, the follower of a hunting team and the filmmaker who revisits the place of childhood. Each one is a piece of a whole that composes a whole. A possible “Us”.
Friday, April 14 at 7:00pm
For the month of February, we offer you a screening of “Poissonsexe” by Olivier Babinet, released in 2020.
Synopsis: While Miranda, the last whale in the world, makes the headlines, Daniel, a stubborn physicist, tries to give fish the desire to copulate. Single and disillusioned, he is himself haunted by the desire to be a father and intends to treat this problem scientifically. The problem is that in Bellerose there are only 3 women of childbearing age, which means one chance in 6232,33 to meet the mother of his future children. However, one day, by saving a strange fish with legs from drowning, Daniel will learn to fall in love again.
Saturday, February 25 at 3:30pm
For the month of February, we offer you “Bonjour le monde !”, a French animated movie directed by Anne-Lise Koehler and Éric Serre, released in 2019.
Synopsis: 10 species of animals among many others are born, live and tame each other along a river… The great crested grebe fly to and fro its fishing territory, becoming invisible and doing the dance of the seaweed. The kingfisher in his journey to find a place in the sun… Made of papier-mâché, the delicate puppets come to life in stop-motion, in beautiful colorful settings, to tell young and old about the life of the fauna and flora of our countryside and make them aware of the preservation of nature and the balance of ecosystems. A work where puppets, sculptures, painting and animation reinterpret Nature, to make us rediscover it as we have never seen it…
Friday, February 3rd at 7pm
For the month of February, for Black History month, we offer you a special evening revolving around Martinican author Joseph Zobel.
Synopsis: A portrait of the writer Joseph Zobel, born in Martinique in 1915, author of the novel “Rue Cases-Nègres”, today recognized as a major figure of the Antilles culture and literature. Without being reduced to a strictly chronological approach, it takes as its main theme the “nomadic life” of the writer, from which emanate all the thematic and poetic force of his work: the poor childhood in the rural world of the sugar cane plantations, followed by the years of study in a colonial society that struggles between the aftermath of slavery and the emerging modernity; the coming to France in the aftermath of the war and the discovery in Paris of the African and the Antilles intellectual scene; the experience of the Senegalese land and the installation in Dakar; the return to France, in the heart of the Cevennes, where he divides his time between three passions: literature, painting and the art of ikebana. This journey is first illuminated from the inside, since it is Joseph Zobel himself who, facing the camera or in voice-over on period documents, unfolds the thread of his memories, with great precision and a talent for storytelling. It also includes other points of view, those of family members, friends and readers: Aimé Césaire, Patrick Chamoiseau, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Edouard Glissant.
Friday, January 6 at 7pm
For the month of January, we offer you “Suprêmes”, a French biopic directed by Audrey Estrougo released in 2021 on the French rap group NTM.
Synopsis: At the end of the 1980s in France, while the police and young people from the suburbs clashed violently, some of them turned to rap to express their brewing anger. Among them, two young natives of Seine-Saint-Denis, soon to be known as JoeyStarr and Kool Shen, created the group Suprême NTM and became, despite themselves, spokesmen of a generation. Their growing success and notoriety will lead them to perform for the first time at the Paris Zenith in 1992.
Friday, December 2 at 7pm
For the month of December, we are offering “Mystère” by Denis Imbert, a family film inspired by a true story.
Synopsis: Stéphane decides to move to the beautiful mountains of Cantal to reconnect with his 8-year-old daughter, Victoria, who has been silent since her mother disappeared. During a walk in the forest, a shepherd entrusts Victoria with a puppy named “Mystère” who will gradually give her a taste for life. But Stéphane soon discovers that the animal is actually a wolf… Despite the warnings and the danger of this situation, he cannot bring himself to separate his daughter from this seemingly harmless ball of fur.
Thursday, November 10 at 6pm
For the beginning of the Fête de la Science, the Alliance Française Ottawa, in partnership with the Embassy of France in Canada, offers you “Demain” directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent. Released in 2015, this French documentary presents ecological initiatives implemented in ten countries.
Synopsis: Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent went to several countries, such as the United States, India and France, to discover local environmental initiatives. Indeed, the documentary highlights many actions in different fields, including education or agriculture, in response to the ecological challenges of the 21st century. Nevertheless, the treatment of the subject remains optimistic and invites us to think of solutions within our communities.
Friday, November 4th at 7pm
For the month of November, we offer you “Rouge”, a French-Belgian drama directed by Farid Bentoumi released in 2020. The film is inspired by real events, including the red mud affair.
Synopsis: Nour has just been hired as a nurse in the chemical factory where her father, a union delegate and long-time company leader, works. While the factory is undergoing a health inspection, a young journalist is investigating waste management. The two young women gradually discover that this factory, a pillar of the local economy, is hiding many secrets. Between lies about polluting discharges, falsified medical records and hidden accidents, Nour will have to choose between keeping silent or betraying her father and getting the truth out.
Friday, October 7th at 7pm
For the month of October, we offer you “La Dernière vie de Simon”, a fascinating first French-Belgian feature film co-written and directed by Léo Karmann.
Synopsis: Simon, a young orphan, has an extraordinary power: he can take the appearance of people he has already touched. One day, his best friend dies in an accident, there are no witnesses… Simon decides to take his appearance and realize his dream: to have a family.
Friday June 24th from 7pm to 9pm
For June, we offer you the documentary film “Africa Mia” by Richard Minier and Edouard Salier. which traces the fabulous destiny of the first Afro-Cuban group in history: Las Maravillas de Mali!
Synopsys : Africa Mia is a journey in search of the soul of Afro-Cuban music. From the communist friendships of the cold war to today, from Havana to Bamako, we follow the footsteps of ten young Malians in musical training in Cuba, who became a founding group of world music: the legendary Maravillas de Mali. Fifty years later, this forgotten group is being resurrected thanks to maestro Boncana Maïga, its historic conductor.
Join us at AF Ottawa on June 24th at 7 pm to watch the movie in person followed by a discussion in French.
Friday May 20th from 7pm to 9pm
For May, we offer you the film “The Man Who Sold His Skin” by Kaouther Ben Hania, finalist at the Oscars in the category of best international film. A powerful Tunisian drama that crosses the world of refugees with the world of art.
Synopsys : Sam Ali, a sensitive and impulsive young Syrian, flees his country for Lebanon to escape the war. In order to get to Europe and live with the love of his life, he agrees to have his back tattooed by the world’s most sultry contemporary artist. As he transforms his body into a prestigious work of art, Sam discovers that his decision was made at the cost of his freedom.
Join us at AF Ottawa on May 20th at 7 pm to watch the movie in person followed by a discussion in French.
Alliance Française Ottawa recommend this film to an informed audience.
Friday April 1st from 7pm to 9pm
For April, we offer you the movie “La Fine fleur” by Pierre Pinaud, with the very talented Catherine Frot. A French comedy that tells with tenderness and lightness the portrait of a passionate and touching woman.
Synopsys : Eve Vernet was the greatest rose designer. Today, she is on the verge of bankruptcy, on the verge of being bought by a powerful competitor. Vera, her faithful secretary, thinks she has found a solution by hiring three employees with no horticultural skills… While almost everything separates them, they embark together on a most singular adventure to save the small artisanal exploitation.
Join us at AF Ottawa on April 1st at 7 pm to watch in person “La Fine fleur” followed by a discussion in French.
Friday March 25th from 6pm to 8pm
Screening of 3 short films proposed by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) for the 24th edition of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie. The screening will be followed by a debate animated by Samuel Coeytaux, director of the Alliance Française Ottawa on the theme “Francophonie and Identity(ies)”.
”Samedi, la nuit” : is a short documentary narrated in Spanish by filmmaker Rosana Matecki with a bittersweet vision of aging and loneliness in an urban environment. Dance becomes a pretext for an intimate exploration of resilience and nostalgia.
”Histoire de sable” : Hyacinthe Combary’s Histoire de sable bridges the gap between African and Aboriginal cultures. In a world where values and traditions tend to disappear, a Quebec immigrant tries to reconnect with the tradition of his ethnic group, the Gourmantchés, and will follow the Aboriginal trail in Quebec.
”Si le temps le permet” : artist Elisapie Isaac dives into the heart of her origins and leads us into the boreal immensity, on the edge of the Arctic Sea, in the village of Kangiqsujuaq, in Nunavik, where tradition and modernity meet daily.