Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 17, 2009 11:00 ET

Launch of the 7th DiverCine Film Festival: A World View of La Francophonie

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Sylvie Boucher, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Member of Parliament (Beauport-Limoilou), and His Excellency Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to Canada, will take part this evening in the official opening ceremonies for the 7th DiverCine Film Festival: A World View of La Francophonie.

DiverCine will run from April 17 to 23 at the ByTowne Cinema in Ottawa. The festival will open with the screening of the film Chaos, by two Egyptian filmmakers: the late Youssef Chahine, and Khaled Youssef.

"Our Government is an active member of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, and we are proud to work together with the Embassy of France for the 7th DiverCine Film Festival: A World View of La Francophonie," said Ms. Boucher. "The festival has become an annual event for many film fans. Over the years, it has led us off the beaten path and helped us explore the richness, diversity, and power of creators from the Canadian and international Francophonie."

DiverCine seeks to promote the distribution of award-winning productions screened at major international film festivals and to allow Canadians to discover high-quality works by filmmakers from different countries of the Francophone world-films rarely shown in Canadian cinemas.

"DiverCine exists to highlight emerging or established filmmakers from member countries of La Francophonie who, through their courage and drive, have succeeded in offering us films that are out of the ordinary," said Mr. Delattre. "This is why, for the launch of its 7th year, we wanted to pay tribute to the great Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine, who was made an officer of the Legion of Honour by France in 2006. A highly committed filmmaker, Youssef Chahine passed away in July 2008. In Egypt, a vast country with a history stretching back for millennia, he was a great champion of tolerance and individual freedoms."

DiverCine provides an international showcase for films from different countries of La Francophonie. The festival's 2009 programming includes seven films from the world Francophonie: Chaos (Egypt); Francaise (Morocco); Falling from Earth (Lebanon); Faro, Goddess of the Waters (Mali); Tricks (Poland); Hello, Goodbye (France); and Honey, I'm in Love (Canada), the first feature film by writer and actor Claude Meunier.

DiverCine is a major cultural event that celebrates the creativity of the Canadian and international Francophonie and helps implement the UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

For more information about DiverCine programming, visit the festival's website at www.divercine.com.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Embassy of France
    Caroline Jacquemot-Gindre
    Audiovisual Attache
    613-953-7403
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
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    1-866-569-6155