12th DiverCiné Film Festival [fr]


12th DiverCiné Film Festival
World Cinema from La Francophonie

Friday, March 7 to Sunday, March 16, 2014

at the ByTowne Cinema, Ottawa

Official Trailer (Broadcast)

Key Dates and Times

-  Festival Dates: Friday, March 7 to Sunday, March 16, 2014
-  Location: ByTowne Cinema, Ottawa
- Festival opening gala: Wednesday, March 5 at 7PM: screening of the film Rock the Casbah, followed by a reception. By invitation and contest-winners only.
-  2014 Program: 11 first-release films from 10 countries – BELGIUM – CAMBODIA – HAITI – MOROCCO – ROMANIA – SENEGAL – SWITZERLAND – TUNISIA – FRANCE – CANADA; a number of guest directors; programming for schools; and a special section devoted to La Francophonie in the Americas.

DiverCiné – World Cinema from La Francophonie highlights the cultures of the French-speaking world in all their diversity. Through its programming, this cultural presentation gives prominence to films selected for major international festivals and gives Canadian audiences an opportunity to see first-rate movies created by filmmakers from various French-speaking countries that are rarely screened in Canada. DiverCiné celebrates the creativity of La Francophonie in Canada and around the world.

DiverCiné is organized by the Embassy of France in Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage, in partnership with the Canadian Film Institute and the ByTowne Cinema.


1 – Rock the Casbah – Opening film
Director: Laïla Marrakchi
With: Morjana Alaoui, Nadine Labaki, Lubna Azabal and Hiam Abbass
Morocco – 2013 – 100 min
OV: Arabic, French and English with French subtitles


Synopsis: Summer in Tangiers. After the death of their father, a family of women gets together for 3 days in the family home to grieve and remember together, as is the Muslim custom. Goodbye to beaches and bikinis, it is now the time to wear djellabas, to gather everyone together and to deck the house out in funeral attire. The house is full of activity. Things reach a crescendo when Sofia, the youngest daughter, arrives. An actor who plays only terrorist roles in American television series, she arrives from New York after several years’ absence. Her return becomes the means to settle scores with her sisters and to overturn the order established by the late patriarch. Between laughter and tears, a collective hysteria allows all of the women to discover their true selves.

2 – 9 mois ferme
Director: Albert Dupontel
With: Sandrine Kiberlain, Albert Dupontel and Nicolas Marié
France – 2013 – 82 min
OV: French with English subtitles


Synopsis : Ariane Felder is pregnant! This is surprising, because Ariane is a young judge and confirmed single woman with very strict morals. But what is even more surprising is that, based on the paternity tests, the baby’s father is none other than Bob, a criminal who has been tried for a horrific assault. Ariane, who can’t remember a thing, tries to understand what on earth could have happened and what lies ahead for her...

3 – Le Démantèlement
Director: Sébastien Pilote
With: Gabriel Arcand, Gilles Renaud, Lucie Laurier, Johanne-Marie Tremblay and Sophie Desmarais
Canada - Québec – 2013 – 111 min
OV: French with English subtitles
Cannes International Film Festival 2013 – Semaine de la Critique
Toronto International Film Festival 2013


Synopsis: Gaby is a farmer, rearing beautiful lambs on his family property, La Ferme Gagnon. His two daughters, raised like princesses, live far away in the big city. When the eldest asks for money to avoid the loss of her home, Gaby decides to liquidate his beloved farm: the house, the tools, the lambs and the land. Le démantèlement is a beautifully observed narrative film, but more significantly it is the heart-breaking record of a way of life that is dissolving before our eyes.

4 – Twa Timoun (Three Kids)
Director: Jonas d’Adesky
With: Deuvela Innocent, Jules Vitaleme, Kaniolise Innocent, Pierre Jean Mary and Sima Mickenson
Haiti – 2010 – 70 min
OV: Creole with French subtitles


Synopsis: Vitaleme, Pierre and Mikenson are twelve years old and live in a home in Port-au-Prince. They are friends and do everything together. Vitaleme is haunted by his memories as a child servant and obsessed by the idea of freedom. He tries to convince his two friends to leave the home and live as they want. When the town is struck by an earthquake, all three of them find themselves on the street. They try to find somewhere to live, and in various ways get by on petty crime. They play football to fill up their free time. Little by little they build a new life for themselves. Now that he is free, Vitaleme is no longer haunted by his past, until he finds himself separated from his two friends by an accident.

5 – L’image manquante (The Missing Picture)
Director: Rithy Panh
Cambodia – 2013 – 90 min
OV: French with English subtitles
Cannes International Film festival 2013 – Un Certain Regard


Synopsis: For many years, I have been looking for the missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia. On its own, of course, an image cannot prove mass murder, but it gives us cause for thought, prompts us to meditate, to record history. I searched for it to no avail in the archives, in old papers, in the country villages of Cambodia. Today I know: this image must be missing. I was not really looking for it; would it not be obscene and insignificant? So I created it. What I give you today is neither the picture nor the search for a unique image, but the picture of a quest: the quest that cinema allows.

6 – Domestic
Director: Adrian Sitaru
With: Adrian Titieni, Gheorghe Ifrim, Sergius Costache, Clara Voda, Ioana Flora, Dan Hurduc and Adriadna Titieni
Romania – 2012 – 85 min
OV: Romanian with French subtitles


Synopsis: The film centers on three families who live in the same apartment building. Mr. Lazar is a teacher and also the building’s administrator. He’s in charge of solving his neighbours’ problems, which more often than not are caused by the others’ pets. A couple has brought a dog into the building, and they’re keeping it not in their apartment, but rather on a mat, outside. This enrages the neighbours, a meeting is organized, and all social hell breaks loose.

7 – Millefeuille (Hidden Beauties)
Director: Nouri Bouzid
With: Souhir Ben Amara, Nour Mziou and Bahram Aloui
Tunisia – 2013 – 105 min
Arabic with French subtitles


Synopsis: Nouri Bouzid tells the story of a whole country through the tale of two young women, Zaineb and Aïcha, symbols of the Tunisian revolution and of the country’s future. Both fight for their independence, to win their freedom. Both struggle against the religious and cultural shackles established by an archaic society. A society that, when the country is in turmoil, still hesitates between modernity and traditionalism. Zaineb and Aïcha fight to rebuild their lives, despite the social and masculine pressures they must deal with every day.

8 – La Fée (The Fairy)
Directors: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy
With: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy
Belgium – 2012 – 93 min
OV: French with English subtitles
Cannes International Film Festival 2011 – Directors’ Fortnight


Synopsis: Dom works the night shift in a small hotel near the industrial seaport of Le Havre. One night, a woman arrives with no luggage and no shoes. Her name is Fiona. She tells Dom she is a fairy and grants him three wishes. Fiona makes two wishes come true and then mysteriously disappears. Dom, who by then has fallen in love with Fiona, searches for her everywhere and eventually finds her in the psychiatric hospital where she has been confined. The filmmakers behind the critically acclaimed Iceberg and Rumba are back to enchant the world.

9 – Les Grandes Ondes (à l’Ouest) (Longwave)
Director: Lionel Baier
With : Valerie Donzelli, Michel Vuillermoz, Patrick Lapp, Francisco Belard, Jean-Stephane Bron, Paul Riniker, Patricia Andre and Adrien Barazzone
Switzerland – 2011 – 85 min
OV: French and Portuguese with French subtitles


Synopsis: April 1974. Two Swiss radio journalists are sent to Portugal to report on Swiss aid in that country. Bob, a technician nearing retirement, accompanies them in his trusty Combi VW. But when they get there, nothing goes as planned: there are tensions between feminist Julie and Cauvin, the wily war reporter. Despite all the best intentions of Pelé, the young Portuguese translator, there is no other option but to abort the mission. But the tide of history sweeps the Combi VW right into the heart of the Carnation Revolution.

10 – La Légende de Sarila (The Legend of Sarila)
Director: Bibo Bergeron
Voices: Guillaume Perreault, Mariloup Wolfe, Maxime Leflaguais, Mario Saint-Amand, Dorothée Berryman, Rémy Girard, Marina Orsini, Dustin Milligan, Rachelle Lefevre, Geneviève Bujold, Tim Rozon and Christopher Plummer
Canada – 2013 – 82 min
OV: French with English subtitles
Animated feature – Ages 6 +


Synopsis: Set in the early twentieth century, the story concerns an Inuit tribe increasingly threatened by a famine inflicted by an evil goddess. Croolik, the resident shaman, is unable to solve the problem, but an elderly wise woman advises the tribe that plentiful food can be found in the far-off land of Sarila, a place where only “the pure of heart” can enter. Setting off in search of its bounty are three young people: Poutulik the village chief’s son; his beautiful fiancée Apik; and Markussi, who has some budding shamanistic powers of his own. Desperate to preserve his standing in the tribe, Croolik attempts to sabotage the mission with the aid of his raven sidekick, Kwatak. Brimming with exciting adventures involving thin ice, menacing bears, and other dangers, The Legend of Sarila is an action-packed animated feature.

11– Des Étoiles (Under the Starry Sky)
Director: Dyana Gaye
With: Marème Demba Ly, Ralph Amoussou, Souleymane Seye N’Diaye, Maya Sansa, Babacar M’Baye Fall, Sokhna Niang and Mata Gabin
Senegal – 2012 – 88 min
OV: French with English subtitles


Synopsis: A transcontinental drama that delves into the shadowy world of undocumented travel, the debut feature from Senegalese filmmaker Dyana Gaye charts the interconnected destinies of three far-flung sojourners.

DiverCiné 2014 Partners


Embassy of France in Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Film Institute, ByTowne Cinema, TV5 Québec Canada, Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada, Canadian Commission for Unesco, le Front des réalisateurs indépendants du Canada, CHIN Radio Ottawa, Le Droit, the Embassy of Romaniain Canada, the Embassy of Switzerland in Canada and the Alliance Française of Ottawa.

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