Reel Forecast: Quebec owns the Genies, Festival du Cinema Israelien, Shadow of the Vampire, Cinema Politica films, Morris County and more
I'm positive none of you missed the Genie Awards last night - just positive. So you know that apart from the pseudo-Canadian five-time winner, A Dangerous Method, Québec films dominated the yearly Canadian film awards. It was kind of nice to see Viggo Mortensen pull out a Canadiens jersey, even while most local Habs fans have hidden their miniature flags in glove compartments. That's Philippe Falardeau behind him, director of the biggest winner: Monsieur Lazhar. Here are just some of the other Québecois films that gathered up some awards: Starbuck, Snow & Ashes, Funkytown, Café de Flore and Nuit #1. Of the titles available to rent, I highly recommend Ken Scott's Starbuck, starring Patrick Huard, about a man who discovers that he has over five-hundred children from sperm donations. It's part comedy, part drama, and full of heart! (+)
Pickings are a little slim for screenings this week, but there are still some worthy events. First is the 7th edition of the Festival du Cinéma Israélien de Montréal, showcasing Israeli film with French subtitles. (+) Also screening with French subtitles are Shadow of the Vampire (starring the often-creepy Willem Dafoe as Nosferatu who begins to live the part of the vampire) and Hiroshi Teshigara's classic, Suna no onna (La Femme des dunes). Both play at the Cinémathèque québécoise. (+) Aussi en français (et gratuite!): On me prend pour une chinoise, un documentaire sur la première génération de Québécoises adoptées en Chine. Deux occasions de le voir: lundi, le 12 à 19h30 au Centre des loisirs de Saint-Laurent (1375, rue Grenet) et mardi, le 13 à 19h au Maison de la culture Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie (6707, avenue du Lorimier).
Screening in English are three Cinema Politica screenings running the gamut of documentary subjects. At Concordia University, catch Budrus, about life in the Palestinian territories, or an intersex double-feature: Switch: A Community in Transition and Orchids: My Intersex Adventure. (+) McGill University plays it safe with the more mainstream doc, The Corporation. (+) Lastly, Blue Sunshine has the honour of welcoming filmmaker Matthew Garrett for a screening of Fantasia-favourite Morris County, a new kind of horrific drama. (+)
Image courtesy Genie Awards website. Trailer courtesy the Youtubes.