The Stittsville Rotary International Film Series Returns in 2022

For ten years, the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville offers nationally and internationally renowned films as one of over 100 organizations across Canada that are part of the Toronto International Film Circuit (TIFF). For the past two years, the Rotary Club has released the films online and this year they are happy to return to in-person viewing of movies at Landmark Cinemas Kanata for the big screen experience.

Rotary members have carefully selected four films to screen during the months of May through August. Films are shown on last Monday of each month at two different times – 4:00 p.m. and again to 7:00 p.m. for the comfort of those who want to attend. This series of films will again be sponsored by Laurysen Kitchens Ltd. of Stittsville.

To allow for social distancing, only 120 serial tickets, or 60% of Landmark’s capacity, are being sold. Note that this capacity may change due to any Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time of each screening.

The cost is $60 for all four films. If you wish to attend the 4:00 p.m., please contact Charles Mossman at [email protected]and for the 7:00 p.m. showing contact Elke Harder at [email protected]. Please use SRIFS in the subject line of your email.

The lineup of 3-star plus films, all with mature themesincludes three films that have been submitted by their country for the 2022 Oscar for Best International Feature Film. The films shown are:

The worst person in the world (May 30) – a Norwegian coming-of-age comedy-drama, with lots of unexpected twists and superb acting. We watch heroine Julie navigate the tricky waters of family, career paths, and love choices. The surprise ending contributes to the many strengths of this film.

Little Mom (June 27) – set in France, and takes us on the journey of Marion, her mother and grandmother, in a hauntingly beautiful and moving tale. After the grandmother’s death, Marion and her mother travel to Marion’s childhood home, where mother, daughter, and grandmother interact in a surreal world of the past, present, and future.

Drive My Car (July 25) – a surprisingly gripping story of middle-aged Tokyo-based director and actor Yusuke and his incredible red Saab. The Globe and Mail reviewer writes that “Drive My Car is best experienced in the dark space of the theatre.” This film won the award for best international film at the Oscars.

I am your man (August 29) – a comedy/romance that explores the relationship between Alma, a German researcher, and Tom (perhaps the star of the film!), a humanoid robot designed to be her perfect partner. Time magazine describes this movie as “funny in a way so sweet you might not realize how piercing it is” until you leave the theater.

Proceeds from the International Film Series support a variety of Rotary club projects within our community and around the world. Past Rotary-funded projects have included: Chrysalis House Women’s Shelter; Stittsville Food Bank; Richmond Food Bank; the Catholic Center for Immigrants (in support of Afghan, Syrian and now Ukrainian refugees); Canadian Women for Afghan Women; Water First (support for drinking water in Aboriginal communities in Canada); and ShelterBox (an affiliate of Rotary International that provides temporary housing for refugees, including those from Ukraine).

For more information, please visit the club’s website, stittsvillerotary.com or its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/rotaryStitt.


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