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Reel Forecast: Mountain-climbing documentaries, Young Cuts Film Festival, Total Crap 5, The Taste of Tea and free cultural center screenings

Posted by Andrés / September 30, 2011

20110930_reelforecast.jpgThe vast majority of Montréal residents do not live in the downtown core. So this week I've decided to highlight a few screenings in "peripheral" venues that may be a little closer to home for readers. One big event is the Young Cuts Film Festival, from Friday to Sunday. More heavily sponsored than usual, the film festival is taking place at the Guzzo Sphèretech (a quick bus ride from Cote Vertu metro). It showcases under-25 filmmakers from local CEGEPs and even foreign submissions from filmmakers looking to showcase their work. (more info)

It's quick to dismiss one's local cultural center; though they have been known to host some great cheap or free events. On Monday at the Complex culturel Guy-Descary in Lachine is a screening of Québécois film, Gerry. Like Dédé à travers les brûmes before it, Gerry is a biopic on the life of a local rock musician who comes to an untimely end after years of drug and alcohol abuse. The screening begins at 7:30pm and is $6 for entrnace.

On Wednesday, you have a choice of two free screenings. At the Centre Culturel de Verdun, you can catch a free screening of À St-Henri, le 26 août. This is a re-imagining of a similarly-titled classic NFB documentary. It focuses on sixteen filmmakers whose subject is the contemporary people and places of the St-Henri neighbourhood. Screening is at 7:30pm. Alternately, you can check go to the Bibliothèque Rivière-des-Prairies for a free screening of Le Plan. This is at 1pm. Le Plan is a doc about the Habitations Jeanne-Mance, a social housing project, and covers the issues of poverty and ethnicity that still pervade them. Never heard of these venues, says you? Not to worry! Scroll down to the bottom of this page for addresses.

Tonight, take your pick of extreme film. Reel Rock Tour is a compilation of mountain-climbing stories. Its sponsored by every climbing-related company imaginable, but don't let the blatant adverts keep you away. I've included a video preview of the evening above. It got my heart pounding hard enough that I don't need to even try the pass time anytime in the future. The other extreme is at Théâtre Plaza: Total Crap 5. This is from the 2008 compilation of the disgusting and the strange. This is what you can expect: "Lors de cette soirée, vous verrez un genre de 110 % sur l'acide sur un canal communautaire, du country de Trois-Rivières, des fans de Kiss vraiment weird, de vieilles pubs de vêtements que personne au monde ne porterait aujourd'hui, Super Nichon contre la mafia, le James Bond turc, un film d'action à la Rambo avec Hulk Hogan et Pierre Lambert, des chats qui se battent, du métal bizarre et un imitateur d'Elvis assez extrême."

Lastly, if you're looking for something a little less intense, strange or far away, you can rely on the downtown venues Cinéma du Parc and Cinémathèque québécoise to take care of you. At the Cinémathèque, their month-long series on contemporary Japanese film continues. My suggestion is Taste of Tea (2004), a slice of life film with a few fantastical elements from the perspective of a child. (more info) At Cinéma du Parc, you can catch a screening of Dancing Dreams, a ballet film starring contemporary dance performer, Pina Bausch. (more info) This might be a good preview for the Wim Wenders' new film, Pina, also starring the dancer, which premieres at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema.

That's all for this week, folks!

Entrepôt / Complexe culturel Guy-Descary - Lachine | 2901, boulevard Saint-Joseph, Lachine, (Québec), H8S 4B7
Centre culturel de Verdun | 5955, rue Bannantyne, Montréal, (Québec), H4H 1H6
Bibliothèque Rivière-des-Prairies | 9001, boul. Perras, Montréal, (Québec), H1E 3J7
Theatre Plaza | 6505 Rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal, QC H2S 2M6

Top image of Reel Rock Tour playing at Cinema du Parc



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