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Reel Forecast: Laurel & Hardy, children's films for March break, AmerAsia Film Festival, The Mystery of the Million Dollar Hockey Puck and more

Posted by Andrés / March 1, 2012

20120302_reelforecast.jpegHow about that Billy Crystal, eh? Last Sunday was Oscar night, which is exciting for two very different reasons. Cinephiles get to act like Bogart in a gambling den, placing bets on the big winners and surprises of the night. Second reason: fabulous dresses on the red carpet - truth. Does the fact that Hugo, about French silent film director Georges Méliès, and The Artist, an actual (mostly) silent film, came away as big winners mean there is a renewed interest in the silent era of film? Hugo references some great characters from the dawn of cinema: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Douglas Fairbanks, et al. Starting Monday, the Cinémathèque québécoise showcases my favourite comedic duo of the period: Laurel & Hardy. The rotund arse and skinny idiot in bowler hats are an under appreciated pair. (+)

Our city plays host to two film festivals this week. The fifteenth edition of FIFEM (Festival International du Film pour Enfants de Montréal) arrives in time for elementary school March break. If a young one you know is not lucky enough to get a trip to sunny Florida this week, there are plenty of fun screenings at Cinéma Beaubien, and an outdoor screening at Parc Molson: wear your tuques! Les contes de la unit opens the festival. This is a fairly age-neutral animated film that gained praise at last year's Berlinale. Norwegian kids adventure Le secret de la montage bleue closes up the event. (+) The first half of the AmérAsia Film Festival also begins this weekend. Though there are quite a few live-action films that bridge the distance between Asia and North America, a spotlight on animation contains some films of note: Green Days and Muybridge's Strings. (+)

Rounding out the week in terms of screenings: Cinéma du Parc hosts the Rights Media Doc Fest, Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather trilogy, and the latest Romanian new wave film The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu. (+) At the Cinémathèque québécoise, catch Todd Solonz' Welcome to the Dollhouse as part of their Doom Generation program, La Rue (Die Strasse) with French inter titles and live music, Boys Don't Cry and Jeux Interdits (Forbidden Games) about two children coping with war and death in France. (+) Mothers: your noisy and smelly babies are welcome at the Rialto Theatre on Monday for a special mom's screening of Amélie. (+) And finally, Blue Sunshine has a special 16mm screening of what has the makings of a cult Canadian classic: The Mystery of the Million Dollar Hockey Puck. (+)

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