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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The Trotsky

The revolution begins in high school

 A privileged Montreal teen believes he’s the reincarnation of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky and acts accordingly in high-concept teen comedy The Trotsky, from Canadian writer-director Jacob Tierney (Twist).

Sharing his radical hero’s birth name, Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) keeps a bright red checklist in his bedroom that outlines his destiny. It includes ‘get exiled (twice), marry an older woman (preferably named Alexandra) and get assassinated (hopefully somewhere warm).’

After Leon organizes a hunger strike at his father’s garment factory, his capitalist père (Saul Rubinek) cuts off funds for private school. Enrolling at a public high school for his senior year, Leon brings new meaning to the words ‘student union’ – and conceives a social-justice theme for the school prom.

While fighting fascism as embodied by detention-dispensing Mrs. Davis (Domini Blythe) and dictatorial principal Berkhoff (Colm Feore), Leon must also battle student apathy among his peers, who’ve never heard of collective action. As his antics get him in trouble with the law, he meets retired activist turned disillusioned McGill professor Frank (Michael Murphy) and his gorgeous former student – named Alexandra, natch (Emily Hampshire) – who is the requisite nine years older than Leon.

– Alissa Simon, Variety

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