Welcome to Stittsville Rotary International Film Series


We are looking for a series sponsor. Please contact Sandra Burt sburt@uwaterloo.ca if you are interested.

Welcome Film Lovers!

The Stittsville Rotary International Film Series is thrilled to continue in-person film screenings to Landmark Theatre Kanata in the Winter of 2024 with a four-film series:

The Crime is Mine            February 26, 2024
The Eight Mountains       March 25 , 2024 
The Old Oak                        April 29, 2024
A Difficult Year                  May 27, 2024 
Passes are limited!  Contact using emails listed below:

If you are interested in buying these film passes, please contact:

         Charles Mossman by e-mail at charcz@yahoo.com for 4:00 p.m. passes

         Sandra Burt by e-mail at sburt@uwaterloo.ca for 7:00 p.m. passes 

Each of these four films will be shown at two times, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and the cost is $60 for each four-film pass.   

Film Descriptions:

Winter Film Series 2024
Stittsville Rotary International Film Series


February 26, The Crime is Mine (French with subtitles, 1 hour 42 min.)

Why would you claim to have committed a murder – that you did not commit? In this lighthearted
period farce, French director François Ozon gives us a lighthearted movie that starts our winter film
series with some smiles, and a bit of old-fashioned slapstick comedy. The film is set in 1935 France.
Aspiring artist Madeleine - penniless, and desperate for work, finds herself in a compromising
situation. Her best friend and room mate Pauline, also penniless and an aspiring lawyer, offers
Madeleine an intriguing way out of her dilemma. Ozon manages to entertain us, while also poking fun
at the corrupt (in 1935, in any case) legal system. This film offers us great acting, and a few laughs in a
year that has started with many sorrows.

March 25, The Eight Mountains (Italian with subtitles, 2 hours 27 min.)

You will want this film to go on and on, beyond its 2.5 hours. Pietro and Bruno are two young Italian
boys who meet up a small village in the Italian alpine valley of Aosta. Pietro is a city boy, Bruno a
country boy. The two meet at the age of twelve. This stunningly beautiful film tells the story of their
friendship over many years. While they drift apart in their teens, they reunite as bearded young men.
The Guardian reviewer calls this “a deeply intelligent meditation on our capacity for love, and how it is
shaped by the arbitrary, irreversible experiences of childhood, and of our relationship with the
landscape.” One final note. The eight mountains of the title refer to the eight highest peaks of Nepal.

April 29, The Old Oak (English, 1 hour 53 min.)

Ken Loach has set this film in a dying coal-mining town in northern England in 2016, The mood in the
town is desperate – jobs are scarce, prospects are limited, and there is uncertainly about the future. And
then – a busload of Syrian refugees arrives in the town, under the mentorship of the last remaining pub
owner, T.J. Ballantyne (or Tommy Joe). T.J.’s pub is in disrepair, but it is the last refuge for the
xenophobic villagers who meet there to complain about the foreigners invading their space. In a
somewhat surprising turn of events, T.J. manages to break down some of the old prejudices and forge
some unlikely friendships between the townspeople and the displaced Syrians. This is a heartwarming
film that underscores the need for compassion as we deal with new and unforeseen challenges.

May 27, A Difficult Year (French with subtitles, 2 hours)

In this engaging and often very funny commentary on over consumption, Bruno and Albert, both
compulsive over-spenders, meet up with Cactus, the leader of a climate activist group devoted to
ending wasteful consumer consumption. Add into the mix a debt counsellor, Henri, who is also a
chronic gambling addict, and a love interest between Albert and Cactus, and you have a recipe for a
satirical film that will keep you guessing. This is a comedy with a conscience.

Please note that these films have mature themes, and are not suitable for young children.

If you’d like to be on our mailing list to find out about future films or just want more information, email us at stittsvillerotary@hotmail.com.

Please click on the links below to read about the history of the Stittsville Rotary International Film Series or to see the films we have screened in prior years.


History of SRIFS

Prior Film Series