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Reel Forecast: Roy Dupuis vs. Longueuil, radical Japanese films of the 60s & more

Posted by Andrés / September 8, 2011

20110907_reelforecast.jpg(Film screening suggestions for the week of September 9-15) Director André Forcier mixed ideas of social justice with low-brow humour in his 2009 feature, Je me souviens, that chronicled the hard life and aspirations of Québécois miners in the mid 20th century. He now returns to this strange dichotomy of feelings for Coteau Rouge. This contemporary film takes place on the South Shore and brings to light many of the feelings felt by traditional residents of areas around the province with the arrival of gentrification. Here, a land developer played by Roy Dupuis is planning to build condominiums over a gas bar that doubles as community social club. The film opens Friday in most francophone-oriented cinemas, but also plays at Cinéma du Parc downtown. (more info)

The Cinémathèque québécoise begins a month-long series on the emergence of radical Japanese films. Giving rise to directors such as Nagisa Oshima (or Oshima Nagisa, if you prefer), the 60s movement was supported by the Art Theatre Guild production company in 1961. This weekend you can catch Oshima's own Death by Hanging, which re-enacts a death penalty case in order to sway the population's opinion away from capital punishment. Another film, Human Bullet, is about a soldier on a suicide mission only to fall in love the day he is to carry it out. This Japanese New Wave, nearly a decade after the beginning of Allied occupation, and during the early stages of a sexual and cultural revolution, highlighted the concerns and shame of a nation. (more info)

"I don't care about them. They abandoned me, so I abandon them." After visiting China, a visibly Chinese young adult rejects the country of her birth. On me prend pour une Chinoise! (They think I'm Chinese) is an NFB documentary about five women who are coming into adulthood. What they have in common is they were all adopted from China by Québécois during the 1990s. To turn on the trailer, close your eyes, and listen to these girls: they are without a doubt French Canadian. Then you open your eyes, and they are without a doubt Chinese. This documentary deals with the bounty of emotions that come with adoption, and the cultural perceptions of your neighbours and yourself. Each screening at the NFB Cinerobothèque will be followed by a discussion from related agencies, such as the Federation of Adopting Parents of Quebec. (more info)

If you're not in the mood for some social education, you can always head to Blue Sunshine. As usual, they are promising a most intriguing line-up of the bizarre. Just watch the trailer for Judex (1963) below, and you'll get an idea of what you have in store:

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