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Reel Forecast: Rendez-vous du cinema quebecois, Black History Month screenings, and more Hitchcock

Posted by Andrés / February 17, 2012

20120217_reelforecast.jpgLes Rendez-vous du cinéma québecois began this week. It's a chance to catch all the features, docs and shorts by local filmmakers made and distributed within the last year. You'll get everything from hits starring Louise-Josée Houde to unknown jazz fable musicals. And there's always plenty to love about Québécois film: this year's notables include Monsieur Lazhar and Starbuck. Some pretty hot docs being screened include porn star biography, Inside Lara Roxx, and The Corporation follow-up, Surviving Progress. RCVQ never misses out on special screenings of cult favourites like Robert Morin's Petit Pow! Pow! Noel, and even has gone so far as to celebrate a French (as in, from France) auteur director: Claire Denis (known for films Beau travail and 35 rhums). (+)

While you should probably take a glimpse at their programming, my two picks for the coming week are the Café de Flore Remix party and the screening of À St-Henri, le 26 aout. Café de Flore, as you may know, is the latest film by director Jean-Marc Vallée, whose debut film C.R.A.Z.Y. remains the finest example of Québec nostalgic filmmaking. He then went mainstream with Young Victoria and returned to Montréal for Flore. Yes, the festival is screening the film, but it's also hosting this party that has a DJ session with the director, featuring music that inspired him to make the film. Cool, eh? My other suggestion is the NFB documentary, À St-Henri, le 26 aout, which is quintessential viewing for people who love this city. Inspired by a classic NFB doc, this one tells sixteen stories in the titular neighbourhood that occur in a typical day.

If you have some aversion to local film, or don't understand French (and someone really should introduce the RCVQ a handy technology called subtitles), don't fret! The Hitchcock retrospective continues at Cinema du Parc. This week's films: Spellbound, Rear Window, Notorious, and Strangers on a Train, amongst others. (+) The Rialto Theatre has another of its spaghetti western evenings on Monday. This time it's the Sergio Leone classic, Once Upon a Time in the West. (+) And Blue Sunshine celebrates Black History Month with a collection of 16mm prints. They're featuring Hell Up in Harlem, Still a Brother: Inside the Negro Middle Class, and the more well-known SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG. (+) I think I got the number of 's's right.

In terms of semi-mainstream theaters, I highly recommend heading over to Atwater Metro and the AMC theatres for two premieres. The Secret World of Arrietty is the latest by Studio Ghibli. While not directed by Hayao Miyazaki, it nonetheless showcases the same art style and tender loving care. The other is W.E. directed by Madonna. She doesn't have a great track record when it comes to films, but this romance about the affair between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson has been raising some eyebrows (more than one, I gather).

Image courtesy the NFB.

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