The International Festival of Francophone Film to present two Canadian films this week

11/04/2011 20:52

Spring in Bratislava would not be spring without the International Festival of Francophone Film. This year it is going to leave multiplex cinemas and move back to the city centre, which is exactly where such events belong. Between April 13 and April 17 you will have an opportunity to see more than 60 feature and short films from countries like France, Belgium, Romania, Israel or Canada.

Canadian cinematography will be represented by two films this year: the impressively lyrical Les Amours Imaginaires (Heartbeats) and the masterful and engrossing Incendies, one of the nominees for this year’s best foreign language Oscar. Directed by Xavier Dolan, a 22-year-old Quebecois actor, scriptwriter, director and darling of audiences and critics in Cannes, who debuted as a director with the film J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother, 2009), Les Amours Imaginaires is an engaging story of two best friends (a straight woman and a gay man) falling for the same enigmatic young poet, a seemingly light-hearted comedy of surprising depth about love and obsession in their multiple forms. Incendies, on the other hand, is a troubled, deeply tormented screen adaptation of Lebanese-Canadian Wajdi Mouawad’s stage play telling the story of a painful journey of a brother and sister who set off to find their father and brother amidst the chaos of war in Lebanon. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, who seems to be fond of powerful themes, it grabbed the best Canadian feature honours at the Vancouver and Toronto film festivals last year.

Lucia Otrísalová

More information about the festival’s program is available at


Les Amours Imaginaires

16/4 22:30 Kino Mladosť, Hviezdoslavovo námestie 17

17/4 13:45 FK 35mm, Svoradova 2

17/4 20:15 Kino Mladosť, Hviezdoslavovo námestie 17


13/4 13:00 FK 35mm, Svoradova 2
15/4 15:00 FK 35mm, Svoradova 2
17/4 22:30 Kino Mladosť, Hviezdoslavovo námestie 17