White Girl (Us – 2016)

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Moviegoers love to be shocked by legitimate onscreen steaming violent sex and Elizabeth wood”s White Girl, who made a bit of a fuss at Sundance, sure supply for some discussion on film ratings.

Apparently a semi-autobiographical affair, White Girl introduces us to the world of Leah, a young NYC student arriving in the Hood. Seduced the by next door dealer, she digs deep to get him out of jail after an evening gone wrong, Continue reading

Christine (US, 2016)

 

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An Oscar contender, Antonio Campo’s Christine is based on the true story of 1970’s TV reporter Christine Chubbuck. It tells of her dive into depression leading to tragic events as she tries to get advancement and good ratings while staying true to her belief in good information.

Rebecca Hall (as Chubbuck) boosts solid performance (she is in fact the Oscar contender) as the struggling reporter in what is a very summarized version of what led to the events. Several clues and career highlights are left out while they could Continue reading

Sommets du cinéma d’animation

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Every year, in time for the first snow , the city of Montreal hosts the Sommets du cinéma d’animation. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the event starts today (and is on until the 27th) at Cinémathèque Québécoise with the presentation of the animated feature Window horses by Ann Marie Fleming. The Sommets will showcase 150 shorts, from all around the world, mainly offering their usual alternative to Disney and Pixar.

With all the controversy about women filmmakers being marginalized locally and globally it is refreshing to see the work of women being highlighted (not only by the management choice for the opening) with red carpet treatment extended to Continue reading

RIDM 2016: Homo Sapiens

 

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It is RIDM 2016 last stand this weekend and after witnessing the state of the world with plenty of amazing documentaries that left us speechless, Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s Homo Sapien may come as a blessing.

Homo Sapien is made of static shots with no commentary and it is free of any Homo Sapien presence. Filmed all over the globe, and showing the imprint of men over the lands, it explores (often gigantic) abandoned ruins of human structures. We are convey through a series of beautifully shot images into a meditative world of poetic nature and abandoned. This is no Baraka or Koyaanisqatsi as there is no musical commentary  (but some fine sound design), yet it shares the no plot characteristic of these renown works and their formal qualities.

 

RIDM Screenings:

19 nov. 5:30 PM
Cinéma du Parc 2

20 nov. 7:00 PM
Cinéma du Parc 1

RIDM 2016: Cinema Novo

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Eryk Rocha puts a new light on a major movement in Latin American Cinema: Brazil’s Cinema Novo of the 50’s and 60’s. Cinema Novo is a formidable introduction to the work of dos Santos, Rocha (Glauber), Hirszman, de Andrade, Guerra and many others. Their brand of Cinema was influenced by Soviet Revolutionary Films, Italian Neo-Realist, French New Wave and South American revolutionary ideas of its time.

In what is more a movie essay than a traditional documentary, Rocha fully gets the feel of it rather than trying to be totally informative. There is interviews (shot at the time) gathered here and there, but Continue reading