13th Montreal International Black Film Festival

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13th Montreal International Black Film Festival started yesterday and goes on until the first of October.

Topics like racism, refugees, Black Lives Matter movement and many more are on the menu of the fest showcasing 66 Films from 25 countries at numerous venues around the city, including Imperial Theatre, Cinema Du Parc as well as Concordia and UQAM universities.

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Some highlights include an afternoon tribute to (and with) High class Jazz legend Oliver Jones (Saturday September 30th 3 PM at Parc). At the same time (cruel choice it is) there is a showing, among a short films selection, of segments of the upcoming Irene Angelico film of REACHING FOR ZION which features Bob Marley’s granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, an amazing woman activist who is simply a class act on her own (Sept 30, 2017 – 3:00 PM at the so-called Ancien Cinema ONF, 1564 rue St denis).

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A bit later (7:30PM), if You never got the chance to see an Haitian Feature (well it’s actually 52 minutes with Continue reading

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CCIFF 2017 – the Canada-China International film fest (September 23rd-27th)

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CCIFF – the Canada-China International film fest 2nd edition kicks off today (Saturday september 23rd at Concordia University in Montreal and runs until the 27th.

Films, events, panels, VR and new tech demonstrations are on the menu.

As films screenings are concerned…

You may get a chance to catch up on Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s beautiful and arty, The Assassin or Zhangke Jia’s Mountains may depart in which the life of woman named Tao is explored in three different time periods spanning 25 years.

In Saving Mr Wu HK star Andy Lau gets the JCVD treatment in portraying a star actor being kidnapped for a ransom.

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Mabel Chung’s A tale of three cities is a romance set during World War II and apparently based on the real-life story of Jackie Chan’s parents…

Pema Tseden’s drama, Tharlo, a Venice Film Fest official selection, is about a sheep herder who meets a girl at the local barber’s shop that will turn his life upside down.

Paths of the soul, by award winning director Yang Zhang, is a docu-drama. The 1200 km journey of a Tibetan group on a pilgrimage to Lasa, the holy capital of Tibet.

There is also an intriguing 3D presentation (at Cineplex forum on Monday) of In Pursuit of The General a Peking Opera film introduced by the crew.

All this and more…

LINK : http://cciff.ca/2017/film-screening/

Michel Gondry’s Home Movie Factory

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Michel Gondry is best known for his music videos for artists such as Bjork and Daft Punk. However, after his award-winning feature film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay) he has become a household name in the art-house film industry. In 2008, Gondry launched the interactive l’Usine de Films Amateurs (the Home Movie Factory). The creative project has traveled the world, and will grace Montreal during its 375th anniversary celebrations. Presented by Chromatic, at a former textile factory, the location is the perfect place to house over a dozen small film sets.

Participants are placed in groups to experience the creative process through teamwork and brainstorming. In three hours, each team will create a short film. As Gondry explained at a casual style press conference and orientation on August 30th, 2017, the objective is not to produce a pro-level film. The Factory favors rough-around-the-edges amateur collaborations over professional filmmaking. The idea behind this is that people become more productive when they can appreciate the value of what they’re doing. Hands-on experience is a self-motivator, and participants have the sweet satisfaction of having made something from A to Z. There is no postproduction, no editing, no mixing. Everything must be shot in sequence, without multiple takes. If ‘mistakes’ occur, so be it! These little idiosyncrasies make the end product so fun to watch.

The concept came to Gondry by observing how his young son made horror movies with his friends. In the context of his Factory, he says the word cameraperson should be used instead of director. The project aims to be the opposite of professional film fabrication, where the director tells everyone else how to work. This canonizes the role of one person, and here, the objective is to give everyone an equal chance to share duties. Choosing the genre, the title, the mise-en-scene, etc. is a collaborative effort, aided by mediators appointed by the Factory. Gondry hopes the process will permit everyone to be the inventor of his or her entertainment rather than its consumer.

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Costumes, props and sets help spark ideas that may not have otherwise arisen. The function of the sets is to hint what they want participants to do with them. For example, there are minisets used for creating miniaturized car sequences. The manual crank and colorful toy vehicles would especially stimulate the younger folks. If a scenario didn’t originally call for a car chase, the miniset might inspire one. As the background screen depicts scrolling images of local streets, tourists partaking in the city’s celebratory events might find it interesting to be able to make a ‘souvenir’ location movie. This footage is shot in the city of each Factory, to lend local flavor.

Although the public will likely want to make movies, they are also welcome to simply view the works of others. The past groups’ movies are available to watch in the quaint screening room. All creators can make a cover leaflet, and take home their chef-d’oeuvre on DVD.

 

L’Usine de Films Amateurs

Complexe Dompark, Salle Wave (5524 St. Patrick)

September 1st through October 15th, 2017

Age 7 and up

Closed Mondays

Participation is FREE but requires registration:

https://www.weezevent.com/l-usine-de-films-amateurs-de-michel-gondry

Fantasia 2017: Cinetalk’s Final Cut

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We’re reaching final stage at Fantasia 2017.

There is still much to see if you want to catch up within the next days. It ends on August 2, the closing film being South Korea’s A Taxi driver. The same day (at 6:30) don’t miss the 4K restoration (supervised by legendary cinematographer Luciano Tovoli) of Dario Argento’s seminal horror film, Suspiria (1977). Note that the programming team added a special showing, the North American Premiere of Takashi Miike’s Samurai fantasy Blade of the Immortal (July 31st).

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Then, our final statement (some of the films we reviewed still showing) …

While she mostly went for Japan, Daria’s round up of favorites includes Cocolors for its digital animation imitating traditional Japanese woodblock printing with great layered background artwork, plus a heartwarming ending (playing this afternoon of July 29, 4:15 PM). Her short review, here:  https://cinetalk.net/2017/07/28/fantasia-2017-cocolors-japan-2017/

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Fantasia 2017 – July 13th to August 2nd

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Fantasia International Film Festival is 21. It starts today with the opening film, Byung-gil Jung’s action thriller The Villainess, and runs until August 2nd showcasing 160 features and nearly 300 shorts.

Takashi Miike, honored last year at the fest with a lifetime Achievement Award is back on the scene of the crime with JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE, from the manga by Hirohiko Kitakubo, shown at 21h45 at Théâtre Hall of Concordia University, the main venue.

Some of the Highlights include David Lowery’s A Ghost Story, starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, on Friday July 14th, 7h15 PM at Theatre Hall. The director will attend. Agnieszka Holland’s Spoor, a 40th Anniversary 4K Restoration of Dario Argento’s infamous film of Suspiria (1977), a Live presentation of 1928 silent film The Man who Laughs with Live musical score composed by specialist of the genre Gabriel Thibodeau,  the documentaries Tokyo Idols, about the controversial phenomenon of teen idols in Japan, and Liberation Day in which Mythic Slovenian Industrial band Laibach ventures into North Korean land.

Cult favorite Larry Cohen, Turkish action star Cuneyt Arkin and Canadian producer Nicole Robert will receive career awards.

All this and a lot  more to follow on Cinetalk.net until August 2nd.

Official site : http://www.fantasiafestival.com/festival/2017/en