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Reel Forecast Part I: FIFEM'10, Clouzot's Inferno resurrected, & classic four-hour Hitler doc

Posted by Andrés / February 26, 2010


One half of your film choices for FRIDAY FEB 26 through THURSDAY MAR 4.

The Festival International du Film pour Enfants de Montréal starts Saturday and runs to March 7th. It is once again housed by the charming Cinéma Beaubien, and highlights recent international children's live-action and animated films, as well as favourites from last year. My pick for viewers of all ages is The Secret of Kells, playing every morning during the festival. A co-production between Ireland, Belgium and France, the original version is actually English, although only the French dubbed version will be screened. Regardless, for those of us to whom language is no barrier, this beautifully animated rendition of the classic 9th century Irish text is a must see (and in contention against Up for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars).

FRIDAYL'ALLÉE DU SOLEIL (dir. Leander Haußmann, Germany, 1998, 90 min) Mischa lives on Sun Alley, a real street that ran the length of West Berlin, with just the tail end in East Berlin. Here he lives in the shadow of the Wall, goofs around with his pals, and focuses on his goal of winning the heart of the prettiest girl at school (FST) Goethe Institut 7pm $6-7 More Info / HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT'S INFERNO (dir. Serge Bromberg & Ruxandra Medrea, France, 2009, 94 min) In 1964, a series of problems (including a heart attack for director Clouzot) shut down production of L'Enfer. Adapted by Claude Chabrol in 1994, the original vision by the famed French "Hitchcock" is now resurrected with this documentary; plays all week (EFF) Cinema du Parc $8-11 More Info

SUNDAYHITLER, UN FILM D'ALLEMAGNE (dir. Hans Jürgen Syberberg, Germany, 1978, 420 min) The behemoth of all documentaries on Adolph Hitler, mythologizing his cult of personality and terrors inflicted on Europe (FST) Cinémathèque québécoise 2pm $6-7 More Info / THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT (dir. Wojciech Has, Poland, 1965, 124 min) A surrealist film taking place during the Napoleonic Wars about an officer who falls in love, is captured and succumbs to strange occurences (EO) Pote:tr 8pm Free More Info

MONDAYA CELEBRATION OF ACTORS CHRIS SARANDON & JOANNA GLEASON Club Cinemagique presents clips from the career of two stars to highlight their dramatic contributions to film; requires a $20 membership (EO) Cinema du Parc 6:30pm $10 More Info / YOU ARE ON INDIAN LAND (dir. Mort Ransen, Canada, 1969, 37 min) An NFB film documenting the clash between police and Mohawk over trans-border trade rights; event to celebrate a book launch (EO) Concordia University 7:30pm Free More Info / A TENT ON MARS (dir. Martin Bureau, Canada, 2008, 58 min) Preceded by You Are On Indian Land, this visual poem explores the distinction between Quebecer and Native self-determination (EO) Concordia University 8pm Free More Info

TUESDAYMARDI GRAS: MADE IN CHINA (dir. David Redmon, USA, 2006, 72 min) Follows the "bead trail" from the factory in China to Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, poignantly exposing the inequities of globalization (EO) McGill University 8pm Free More Info

THURSDAYDU NOUVEAU À WITTSTOCK (dir. Volker Koepp, Germany, 1992, 96 min) Twenty years of living under communism, twenty years in the lives of textile factory-working women, twenty years of complicity between the women and the director (FST) Goethe Institut 7pm $6-7 More Info

Legend: EST (English Subtitles), FST (French Subtitles), EO (English Only), FO (French Only), EFF (English & French Friendly)


OPENING THIS WEEK Cop Out, The Crazies, The Messenger, Oscar and the Lady in Pink, A Prophet, To Save a Life

For a full listing of mainstream film theatres & showtimes visit Cinéma Montréal.

Above images courtesy press releases for respective films.



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