From February 12th through 21st, the “Bright Nights Film Festival” brings eight films — never before seen in Ottawa — from the Baltic and Nordic countries across the Atlantic: Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, and Norway.
The far reaches of the festival world — from Berlin and Cannes to Toronto and Montreal — have been gleaned for eclectic, dark, edgy, hilarious, and intriguing perspectives in contemporary Baltic and Nordic film. It may be your only chance to see these incredible stories.
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This year’s event kicks off with a one-of-a-kind Launch Party on February 3rd at Arts Court, when local band “Orienteers” performs a live soundtrack for a classic Danish silent film. Sample nations’ beloved liqueurs and spirits, grab a bite, and enter to win prizes. Tickets go on sale soon: $5 in advance or $8 at the door.
The festival itself is held February 12 – 21 at Carleton University’s River Building Theatre, featuring high definition A/V and comfy seats. Tickets are $9 each for CFI members, students, and seniors, FREE for Carleton students, and $13 for everyone else.
The whole event is held in partnership with the Embassies of the Baltic and Nordic nations, and Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival, with support from Carleton University.
More information: www.cfi-icf.ca/
The festival’s Lithuanian submission is called “Pakeliui (When You Wake Up)” (dir. Ričardas Marcinkus, Lithuania, 2014, 100 minutes, English sub-titles).
This charming movie revolves around a middle-aged and washed-up singer named Punk, who finds himself no longer of much interest to anyone. After his brush with fame, it only took a few years of drugs and alcohol abuse for him to reach rock bottom. After yet another small town concert, Punk ends up spending the night backstage, drunk and alone. When he opens his eyes in the morning, however, he sees a little girl, who introduces herself as his daughter. After some initial awkwardness, Punk and his daughter set out on a road trip together — a trip that will change their lives forever, and in some very unexpected ways.