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Reel Forecast: New Taiwan Cinema pioneer Edward Yang retrospective at Cinematheque, Latin-American Film Festival, Karkwa doc & MTL Punk

Posted by Andrés / April 6, 2011

20110406_reelforecast.jpgWhen Edward Yang passed away in 2007, he left behind a legacy of films that has defined what is considered New Taiwan Cinema. In his thirties, Yang abandoned life as an electrical engineer to become a filmmaker after he watched Herzog's Aguirre, Wrath of God. Having been raised on Italian neorealism, and astounded by the power of the film, he endeavoured to make his mark in cinema. Starting with In Our Time in 1982, a collaborative effort between himself and three other Taiwanese directors, to his final film (and only one released in the West) Yi Yi in 2000, Yang has become known as one of the pioneers of a new wave of cinema in Taiwan.

The Cinémathèque québécoise is running a retrospective on Yang. Considering his pre-Yi Yi films are not available on DVD, this is a rare opportunity to catch some Taiwanese new wave films, and complete the picture of Yang's legacy. The films focus primarily on the lives of people living in urban Taiwan, a subject he allegedly refined in Yi Yi. Tonight you can catch his final film before watching its predecessors. These include That Day on the Beach, The Terrorizer, and A Brighter Summer Day. Note to anglophones that these films are presented in Taiwanese with French subtitles. (Full schedule)

At Cinéma du Parc, the Latin-American Film Festival continues this week, offering a glimpse at South American and Spanish films of the last few years. The festival runs until the 24th. (Full schedule)

On Friday, novelist/film critic David Gilmour is in town, propping up his latest book The Film Club. To celebrate, he has chosen to screen Luis Bunuel classic film on sexuality, Belle de jour. The first screening at 6pm will be followed by a French discussion, while the second screening at 9pm by an English discussion. The million dollar question: what is in that Asian client's box? (More info)

If foreign films aren't your bag (then you shouldn't be reading this), you can opt for some supra-local films at Cinéma Parallèle: Jo pour Jonathan has garnered much praise; or, MTL Punk: La première vague, which outlines a big of the punk rock history of our city. (More info) For something a little more contemporary, check out Karkwa: Les cendres de verre at Cinéma du Parc. So what if it's a 51 minute self promotion? (More info)

These are just some of the highlights of the off-Ste-Catherine film scene. I can assure you that any of these films will leave you more emotionally or intellectually satisfied than Hop!or Insidious. Prove me wrong (that's a dare).

Cinéma Parallèle (3536 boul. St-Laurent)
Cinéma du Parc (3575 ave. du Parc)
Cinémathèque québécoise (335, boul. de Maisonneuve Est)

Images courtesy the internet.

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