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9 items from 2015

Telefilm Canada readies Canada Cool tour

23 July 2015 4:44 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The national film body is behind a Us tour this autumn of 10 new comedies without Us distribution.

Former MoMA senior curator of film Laurence Kardish selected the films, which will arrive in New York and travel to Los Angeles and additional markets.

The Canada Cool tour runs from throughout the autumn and kicks off in New York on September 18 with the premiere of Robert Cohen’s Being Canadian (pictured) at Cinema Village.

The other titles are: Ingrid Veninger’s Animal Project; Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver’s Asphalt Watches; Jeffrey St Jules’ Bang Bang Baby; and Émile Gaudreault’s Fathers And Guns (De Père En Flic).

Rounding out the slate are Henri Henri by Martin Talbot;

Relative Happiness from Deanne Foley; Kris Elgstrand’s Songs She Wrote About People She Knows; Aaron Houston’s Sunflower Hour; and Maureen Bradley’s Two 4 One.

Classics Selection entries are John PaizsCrime Wave and The Decline Of The American Empire (Le Déclin »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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The 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen - Part 2

16 June 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

We're back with even more recommendations for cinephiles looking to broaden their horizons or try out some genres that they've never though of experiencing before. The list continues below, and be sure to check back tomorrow evening for part 3!! 11 - Kung Fu Hustle Synopsis: In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf. Why you need to see it: Sheer insanity from start to finish, this packs some serious wallop, just hits the ground running and never stops. Blending high octane stunts with slapstick humour, Kung Fu Hustle may be flawed when it comes to the plot but the movie is never less than really entertaining. 12 - Jesus of Montreal Synopsis: Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 1989 Oscars, this unconventional Canadian film directed by Denys Arcand, focuses »

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Oscar Nominated Film Series: Munich - Director Spielberg's Most Satisfying Effort in Decades

3 May 2015 7:46 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »

- Andre Soares

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Denis Villeneuve: ‘Sicario is a very dark film, a dark poem, quite violent’

24 April 2015 3:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The French-Canadian director talks about conquering Hollywood and his latest gritty crime drama, tipped for recognition at the 2015 Cannes film festival

Canada is on a roll at Cannes. Last year it was Xavier Dolan, a young director who came with Mommy, an edgy Quebec family drama that won a world audience. This year it’s Denis Villeneuve, 21 years Dolan’s senior, bringing a Hollywood action thriller, his Tex-Mex drug war film Sicario. Prior to Mommy, the last time a Canadian film was selected for Cannes was The Barbarian Invasions, by Denys Arcand, in 2003.

The night before the announcement that Villeneuve was getting the nod, he and Dolan got together at the younger director’s place in Montreal to toast the nomination with champagne. The evening marked a transition of sorts – in reverse. Usually the older generation hands off the baton to the younger one, but this time the veteran was »

- Jeff Heinrich

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Sex, Politics, and Socialized Medicine – The Films of Denys Arcand

22 April 2015 4:44 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Every generation believes that the generation to follow it, and possibly the generation to precede it, will, or already has, led to the deterioration of civilization.

In Denys Arcand’s 2003 film The Barbarian Invasions, 9/11 has just recently hit American soil, and the tension between the old and the young has been brought to new light. The incoming class are the “puritanical capitalists”, as the ageing Remy (Remy Girard) explains, himself a self-professed “sensual socialist”. But now in Arcand’s Quebec, Remy is dying and stuck in the bureaucratic, underserved system his generation helped create.

We’d hardly bat an eye for the philandering behavior and lifestyle that got Remy in this place to begin with, but The Barbarian Invasions is not the start of Arcand’s story. The Decline of the American Empire, from 1986, endears us to a young Remy and his equally promiscuous friends and lovers. The movie is »

- Brian Welk

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Robin Spry films (and dries up) the streets

2 April 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Beating Schrader’s Hardcore to the punch by a matter of months, Robin Spry’s grim and gritty gutter-level drama is driven by a not-dissimilar premise, that of a man searching the seedy urban underbelly for his drug-addicted prostitute daughter. Rather astonishing that it was made for TV – the remarkably bleak opening indicates that no punches are going to be pulled, as we first see Peter Brennan (Don Francks), before the credits have even finished rolling, nodding out in a grimy cafe toilet, the needle still sticking out of his arm. This is followed by howling hospital cold turkey, as a borderline sadistic cop plays Peter a slide show of a drug-addicted girl forced into sex work, before revealing that said girl is Peter’s own daughter. We then get to see said slide show again in harrowing close-up, while Peter wails ever louder. So, once recovered, and with regular »

- Tom Newth

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The Imaginary Documentaries of Montreal Filmmakers Frank Vitale, Allan Moyle, and Stephen Lack

20 February 2015 10:09 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Bitter Ash

A rather precious thing happened in Montreal in the mid 1970s. Canadian cinema had been dominated by the National Film Board since its formation in 1940, and the generally-perceived character of Canadian film was all educational documentary, and not a lot of fun. Directors such as Claude Jutra, Don Owen, and Gilles Groulx struck off on their own to make the first Canadian new wave fiction films (A tout prendre [1963], Nobody Waved Goodbye, and Le chat dans le sac [both 1964] respectively), on the back of independents like Sydney J. Furie’s groundbreaking A Dangerous Age (1959) and Larry Kent’s student feature The Bitter Ash (1963), but for all their youthful, semi-bohemian trappings, these were still quite po-faced affairs. Then came the “genial loser” films of the 70s, led by Owen’s Goin’ Down The Road (1970), and others such as The Rowdyman (Peter Carter, 1972) and Paperback Hero (Peter Pearson, 1973), for the »

- Tom Newth

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Baxter Brothers Film Rebrands as Monument Releasing; Acquires 'An Eye for Beauty'

9 January 2015 12:34 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

U.S. distributor Baxter Brothers Film Releasing has undergone a rebrand to become Monument Releasing and has just acquired Oscar-winner Denys Arcand’s latest film, "An Eye for Beauty." The film follows Luc (Éric Bruneau), a brilliant young architect who lives a peaceful life with his wife Stephanie (Mélanie Thierry) in the countryside of Charlevoix, Quebec. When he travels to Toronto to serve on an architectural jury, he meets Lindsay (Melanie Merkosky), a mysterious woman who turns his life upside down. "An Eye For Beauty" will be released in U.S. theaters later this year. Read More: Tiff List 2014: The Complete Toronto International Film Festival Lineup With Grade Averages »

- Casey Cipriani

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Millennium rebrands as Alchemy

8 January 2015 9:40 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bill Lee announced the long-awaited change of company name on Thursday (January 8), five months after the CEO and Virgo Investment Group led a management buyout that acquired the catalogue and distribution apparatus.

“Our new brand name encapsulates our culture, our ambitious mission, and our dedication as a company to working with leading filmmakers and producers to create and deliver the finest content,” said Lee.

“Alchemy is a seemingly magical process of creation and transformation through combination. The name embodies our goals of uniting storytellers and their audiences in one dynamic community.

“We believe that conventional distribution strategies must evolve to achieve this, and we aim to represent the future of screen-based storytelling—wherever that screen may be.”

Alchemy owns a library of 665 films and will continue to offer customised distribution strategies across all platforms. The upcoming slate includes The Humbling (pictured) starring Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig.

The company is one of only two independent aggregators for Target »

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