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Posts by Oksana Cueva

Under Water

The 9th consecutive edition of Israel Film Festival takes a bow today, leaving behind an array of world-class features and documentaries, many of which are premieres: a Canadian premier: Rock The Casbah (2013) and three Montreal premiers: The World is Funny (2012), Epilogue (2012) and Out in the Dark (2012).

Fashion Forward

Although winter still reigns supreme, flip-flops and bikinis are coyly peeking through the shop fronts of local boutiques. Around the world, fashion marathons continue with freshly…

Holding our Breath

What is it about art that compels us to want, appreciate or even critique it? Maybe it’s our desire to connect with ourselves. Einstein said “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Driven by my own curiosity, I headed recently to the Segal Centre for the launch of their upcoming 2012-2013 season. From dance to theatre, live jazz to classical music, from cinema to even performances for children, the scope of artistry radiated a cultural tapestry of richness. And a whole lot of talent.

Just Breathe

Nearly four hundred eager spectators gathered on April 30th for the second screening of The Flood (Mabul), acclaimed picture by celebrated director Guy Nattiv, as part of Israel Film Festival’s 8th consecutive year. The film—a story about a family leading parallel lives where the main character Yoni struggles with lack of growth, his autistic brother’s presence, and being bullied at school—was emotional for many.

Prizes and Pioneers

This past weekend, FIFA’s 30th Anniversary edition came to a close, with the festival’s Grand Prize awarded to the film Opalka – One Life, One Oeuvre.…

So Much To See

Attention arts enthusiasts: the ‘I couldn’t find a babysitter’ excuse won’t hold water.  This week, FIFA is unleashing a program of must-see films that promises to…

Camera Rolling

In Picture Start, Harry Killas, Canadian director and producer, portrays an extraordinarily talented trio. The so called Vancouver School – Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham and Ian Wallace – are doubtless the biggest artists Canada produced in recent years and pioneers of conceptualism.

Urban Chic Strips Down

Vibrantly daring! These two words perfectly describe Melissa Nepton’s Spring/Summer 2012 womanswear collection. The Quebec designer is a graduate of École Supérieure de Mode de Montréal…

Fashion Week Frenzy

Historic streets, cobblestones and horse chariots lend their starlight to high fashion during this week’s 21st edition of Montreal Fashion Week (MFW), taking place in the…