BNFF 2018: Key House Mirror (Denmark)

Original Title: Nøgle hus spejl
Director: Michael Noer
2015, 91 minutes
Danish with English subtitles

76-year-old Lily is sure there’s nothing wrong with her. The only reason she lives in a care home is because of her husband Max’s illness⎯a series of strokes has reduced him to a vegetable. The fact that Lily isn’t exactly the way she used to be becomes slowly clear in this Danish drama (the title refers to a memory test). It’s not easy for Lily to leave her old habits behind her and fit in with the rules of the home, but her life blossoms when she meets her 80-year-old Swedish neighbour, a charming man who gives her the attention she has long missed. Lily’s daughter, however, is not so happy with the budding romance.

Bright Lights: Baltic-Nordic Film Festival

This March the CFI, in collaboration with the Baltic-Nordic embassies, presents the 8th iteration of Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival. These eight contemporary films ⎯ never before seen in Ottawa ⎯ highlight the unique perspective one can only see by standing at the top of the world. The Bright Nights festival presents a collection of films that juxtapose the bleak, the dark, and the edgy with the hilarious, the eclectic, the personal, and always the intriguing. These incredible stories form a festival unlike any other, and an opportunity that comes only once a year.