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Reel Forecast: La Grande Invasion, Fernando Arrabal arrives, and the Hunger Games begin

Posted by Andrés / March 29, 2012

20120329_reelforecast.jpgAfter a two-week hiatus, I'm back to covering upcoming screenings in Montréal. Hopefully you were more than able to dig through the city's enormous repertory listings and catch some screenings during that time. FIFA has wrapped up, but there are still plenty of documentaries to catch this week.

La Grande Invasion, by director Martin Frigon, screens at Cinema du Parc from Friday, March 30th to Thursday, April 5th. It takes aim at the massive shopping complexes cropping up around Québec and the toll the resulting property value increases have on local businesses. A Val-David businessman and an artist get together to create a giant fresco on the side of a local grocery store in the hopes that art can help draw attention to this matter. (+) This is recommended viewing, and hits close to home as my childhood bicycle route was paved over for a giant shopping complex - this while perfectly good commercial space is abandoned elsewhere and left to weed and ruin. We continue to waste space so that developers and retail chains can keep the money flowing.

For something a little further from home, you can catch the start of the Cinémathèque québécoise's series Les Documentaires Italiens Contemporains on Wednesday, April 4th. First up are a series of short 1950s documentaries by director Vittoria De Seta. Check out the full month-long programming. (+) Blue Sunshine gets in on the doc action with Synth Britannia, a recent BBC documentary on the rise of synth pop in Britain from Kraftwerk to Depeche Mode to New Order. (+)

The resurging interest in Alejandro Jodorowsky's work, helped in part by Montréal's very own Université de Foulosophie (+), has also shed light on some other members of the Panic Movement. The latest UdFou invitee is Spanish Fernando Arrabal, playwright-author-filmmaker-crazy head. He first visits Cinémathèque québécoise (+) and then makes his way to Cinéma du Parc (+), presenting his filmography. Arrabal, who rubbed shoulders with Warhol and Bréton, is not to be missed by fans of surrealism.

If cinema classics (old and new) are your bag this week, check out Stanley Kubrick's The Killing and Eyes Wide Shut at Cinéma du Parc. Or there's Cinema Paradiso and An American in Paris at the Rialto Theatre. (+) Cineplex will also begin screening the 3D version of James Cameron's Titanic on Wednesday, April 4th - in time for the 100th anniversary of the sinking.

Oh, yeah, and then there's Hunger Games. Chances are most of you will ignore the preceding paragraphs and just watch that a bunch, with a different friend each time who just HAS to see it.

Photograph of Arrabal being silly - just silly!



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