Cellar Door Film Festival
Mayfair Theatre and Live! on Elgin
1074 Bank St
Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF), Ottawa's first film festival devoted to films in the speculative genres, is opening up the cellar again to showcase sinister and supernatural films to Ottawa audiences November 5-7. This year's venues are The Mayfair Theatre and Live! on Elgin. This year's line-up includes: Opening Night - Liza, the Fox Fairy with A Good Deal
Thursday, Nov. 5: 6:30 PM, Mayfair Theatre
Liza, the Fox Fairy (Liza, a rókatünder)
Dir. Károly Ujj MészárosHungary | Fantasy/comedy | 2015 | 98 min. | Ottawa Premiere | In Hungarian with English subtitlesSynopsis: Still single at thirty, Liza has only her imaginary friend, Tomy Tani, the ghost of a Japanese crooner from the 50s, to guide her. Some bizarre dating games ensue, but as Liza’s beaus pile up in a comical body count, it seems that love isn’t for her. This offbeat fairy tale takes a flight of the imagination as Liza sees herself becoming a fox-fairy, a demon of Japanese folklore that takes the lives of men. Dark, strange, and sexy, Liza, the Fox-Fairy enchants with its black humour and magical aesthetics.Screens with:A Good Deal (Une bonne affaire)Dir. Denis LarzillièreFrance | Fantasy/comedy | 2014 | 20 min. | Canadian Premiere | In French with English subtitlesSynopsis: A factory worker spends every evening obsessively finding shopping deals in this dark humored, scathing glance at the culture of consumerism that trespasses into the territory of sci-fi.
'We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes': A Collection of Short Films -Friday, Nov. 6: 6:30 PM, Live! on Elgin (220 Elgin) -Screening includes: WillaDir. Helena HufnagelGermany | Horror | 2014 | 14 min. | Canadian Premiere | In German with English subtitlesSynopsis: Two lovers waiting for a train find themselves in limbo in this haunting adaptation of a short story by Stephen King.The StomachDir. Ben SteinerUK | Horror | 2015 | 15 min. | Ottawa Premiere | In EnglishSynopsis: Body horror meets Brit-gangster-flick in this tale about brotherhood and double-crossing.Curl Up and DYE!Dir. Duduzile ChinyenzeSouth Africa | Horror/Experimental | 2014 | 4 min. | North American Premiere | No dialogueSynopsis: A psychological twist on body-horror that questions the extent to which we are willing to let others manipulate us.*Filmmaker in attendance!The Urge 2: It Lies WithinDir. Christopher AngusCanada | Horror/Animated | 2014 | 8 min. | Ottawa Premiere | in EnglishSynopsis: An inept vampire is foiled by his own uncontrollable flatulence when he tries to consume his victims in this animated send-up of horror films of yore..BootsDir. Magill FooteCanada (Ottawa) | Horror/Comedy | 2015 | 9 min. | World Premiere | No dialogueSynopsis: An impoverished worker takes the opportunity to have a modicum of luxury in his life in this fun send-up to Soviet cinema*Filmmaker and cast in attendance!Blade of the MaidenDir. Keith SicatPhilippines | Fantasy | 2014 | 9 min. | Canadian Premiere | No dialogueSynopsis: The big day has arrived for every warrior across the land to square off and prove their prowess in combat that is half dance and half martial arts.CetaphobiaDir. Erin Coates and Anna NazzariAustralia | Horror | 2015 | 12 min. | Canadian Premiere | In EnglishSynopsis: A couple invokes the ire of a ghost in their once viable whaling community.AwakeningsDir. Bhargav SaikiaIndia | Horror | 2015 | 13 min. | Ottawa Premiere | In English and Hindi with English subtitlesSynopsis: A governess confronts dark forces in this inspired re-imagining of Henry James’s timeless ghost story, The Turn of the Screw.Mr. DentonnDir. Ivan VillamelSpain | Horror | 2014 | 9 min. | Ottawa Premiere | In Spanish with English subtitlesSynopsis: Be leery of where you find your bedtime books, or else prepare to for an uninvited guest hailing from the realm of shadows! .
III with The Prime of Life
-Friday, Nov. 6 9:00 PM, Live! on Elgin (220 Elgin) III Dir. Pavel KhvaleevRussia/Germany | Horror | 2015 | 80 min. | Ottawa Premiere | In Russian with English subtitlesSynopsis: A mysterious epidemic devastates a village in an unnamed European country; sisters Ayia and Mirra promise to look after each other. But when Mirra falls victim to the disease, Ayia turns the local priest for guidance. Using the Shamnaic cure, Ayia must journey into the most hidden depths of the subconscious, where terrifying monsters and demons roam, to save her sister. .Screens with: The Prime of Life (La force de l'âge)Dir. Quentin LecocqFrance | Thriller | 2014 | 13 min. | North American Premiere | In French with English subtitlesSynopsis: Three young men, two employees and a nuisance of a trainee, are on their way to a new service assignment, but they are surprised by how they are received at their destination.
Norway with George
-Saturday, Nov. 7, 6:30 PM, Live! on Elgin (220 Elgin) Norway Dir. Yannis VeslemesGreece | Horror | 2014 | 73 min. | Canadian Premiere | In Greek with English subtitlesSynopsis: A train pulling into Athens station has brought into the city an unusual traveler, a creature of the night, but one with unique antics. Zano the vampire is summoned to visit his undertaker friend for an unexplained mission. But his every attempt to reach his friend on the phone fails. Having a whale of time in clubs while waiting for some revelation about his mission, Zano ends up finding himself in the company of a mysterious lady who asks him to join her for a ride in the night..Screens with: GeorgeDir. Jullian AblazaCanada | Horror | 2015 | 19 min. | In EnglishSynopsis: Egg and his friend George remind us that the scariest monsters can reside in ourselves with this chilling tale of bullying. *Filmmakers in attendance!.
The Incident with Odd One Out -Saturday, Nov. 7: 9:00 PM, Live! on Elgin (220 Elgin)
The Incident (El incidente) Dir. Isaac EzbanMexico | Sci-fi | 2014 | 100 min. | Ottawa Premiere | In Spanish with English subtitlesSynopsis: Rust Cohle’s musing “Time is a flat circle” gets a head-tripping spin in The Incident as director Isaac Ezban whirls a terrifying time loop. The film features two parallel storylines with characters trapped in endless cycles: A police officer and two brothers find themselves stuck in a stairwell that keeps going up and down, while a family on a road trip plays a frightening game of “Are we there yet?” The repetitions are absurdly funny and horrifying alike. In between these stories are images of aging bride who rides an escalator around and around, much like the hamster who spins on a wheel and connects the fates of them all..Screens with: Odd One OutDir. Christopher RohdeCanada (Ottawa) | Sci-fi/Experimental | 2014 | 20 min. | Ottawa Premiere | No dialogueSynopsis: An odyssey six years in the making that envisions a thoroughly original universe built by practical effects. Winner of the 2015 Ottawa Independent Video Award for Best Experimental Film. *Filmmaker in attendance!Watch trailers for CDFF selections!
Tickets will be on sale in advance in early October via Uniiverse. Advance tickets are $9, while tickets are $12 (cash only) at the door. Please visit www.cdff.ca for full descriptions and trailers All screenings are generously supported by CDFF's Major Sponsors The School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University and Used Ottawa, as well as Supporting Sponsors the Alumni Association of Carleton University and The Haunted Walk of Ottawa, and Friend of the Festival Sponsors Stella Luna Gelato Café, The Odds and Sods Shoppe, Escape Manor, Bridgehead, Film Freeway, Can Con, and Ottawa Geek Market.
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