Fantasia 2017: Cinetalk’s Final Cut



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).


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:

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Fantasia 2017 – July 13th to August 2nd


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 until August 2nd.

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Vues d’Afrique – last weekend



The 33rd Montreal Vues d’Afriques Film Festival is still alive and kicking through the whole weekend, from Friday to Sunday April 23rd. Note that most films are either shown in French or with French subs.

This Friday bring your kids to the matinees at Cinemathèque Québecoise for intriguing collections of films dealing with social issues. There are four programs aiming at your kids to choose from. At 20:30, if you are still around, It is the Cuban night. It continues on Saturday and Sunday with various selections from Morocco, Haiti, Senegal et Al.



LUMIÈRE! Cannes spiritual leader’s masterclass



It was just a question of time in this digital restoration era for brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière, credited with the invention of Cinema as we know it, to be introduced properly to a 21st century audience.

Launched today (for Montrealers it’s at Centre PHI, January 26-27-28), LUMIÈRE! Offers a selection of more than a hundred shorts produced by the brothers and their affiliates between 1895 and 1905. It is all beautifully edited together and commented, in the fashion of a DVD audio commentary (or a Masterclass) by Cannes Film Festival Godfather himself, Thierry Frémaux. And we have to admit he is making an offer film buffs can’t refuse.

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SPASM – 15 years



SPASM, the Montreal Film Fest dedicated to horror, fantastic, sci-fi and the bizarre from La Belle Province (plus a few outside guests) is up for edition number 15, starting tonight.

Running from October 20th to 29th in various venues around town, it kicks off at 8 at Plaza Theater with Les Insolites Québécois compilation of shorts and, through numerous events dedicated to Sci-fi, thrash and (of course) sex, it will culminate on the 29th with their annual Old School Halloween Party.

Details here: