OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

The lights will come on again!

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The ByTowne is now closed. But there's good news!

After the pandemic has been brought under control,
new management will take over the space and the ByTowne will re-open.

It may take a while for pandemic restrictions to be eased enough
that a feasible number of patrons can be allowed to watch a movie again,
but the new owners are working towards that day.

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Honeyland

Winner of the Grand Jury prize (World Cinema - Documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival!

A triple Sundance award-winner, Honeyland offers up a visual feast and a poignant lesson in human misbehaviour.

Poster for the award-winning documentary HoneylandHaditze Muratova scales her way along the breathtaking Balkan mountainside to check her beloved cache of honeybees. She’s the last of the wild beekeepers in North Macedonia and lives alone with her ailing mother on a farm unspoiled by electricity or running water. She survives by selling small-batch honey in a Skopje market, a mere four-hour walk away. Her peace is happily broken with the arrival of new neighbours, their herd of cattle and seven kids. She optimistically shares her one golden rule with the interlopers: take half the honey for yourself, but leave half for the bees.

It doesn’t take long for human nature to take its course, leaving the hive and Haditze irrevocably changed. Sumptuously filmed over three years, this extraordinary debut fable imparts a timeworn message about humankind’s true place in the natural order. 

– Myrocia Watamaniuk, Hot Docs

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