|Gabrielle: Canada's Oscar pick and my pick for 2013.|
People of a Feather
(Canada, 92 min.)
Dir. Joel Heath, Writ. Joel Heath, Dinah Kaviq, Johnny Kudluarok, The Community of Sanikiluaq
Ducks. They might not sound like the most interesting subject for a feature film. Perhaps ducks could fuel a foodie flick, since rich, fatty duck meat is one of the most delicious things on the planet. BBQ duck, Peking duck, and duck à l’orange are all reasons to cry, “Om nom nom nom!” What happens, though, when the ducks disappear?
Le démantèlement (The Auction)
(Canada, 111 min.)
Written and directed by Sébastien Pilote
Starring: Gabriel Arcand, Gilles Renaud, Lucy Laurier, Sophie Desmarais
|Gabriel Arcand plays Gaby and Sophie Desmarais plays Frederique in Le démantèlement, |
an eOne Films release.
“A man without land is nobody,” says Duddy’s grandfather (Zvee Scooler) while giving some wise advice in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Duddy (Richard Dreyfuss) was a young man entering the daunting field of property ownership back when Duddy Kravitz premiered in 1974; however, flash-forward to 2014, and the landscape looks and feels a little different. Gaby (Gabriel Arcand) is the world wise landowner of Sébastien Pilote’s moving film Le dématèlement (The Auction), which screens in Ottawa next Tuesday as part of the DiverCiné Festival celebrating Francophone World Cinema. Gabriel must part with the land with a greater gravity than that with which Duddy claimed it, for he has fully identified with his land—and allowed himself to be defined by it by others. Le démantèlement, a poignant story of self-reappraisal during hard times, could not offer a story more potent or relevant to today.
The first films in the line-up are:
|Steve McQueen jumps for joy over 12 Years a Slave's Oscar win.|
|"Please Mr. Kennedy" from Inside Llewyn Davis|
|Hugh Jackman in Movie 43|
The Wind Rises
(Japan, 126 min.)
Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Werner Herzog.
Former Film.com editor David Ehrlich called The Wind Rises “perhaps greatest animated film the cinema has ever seen.” He then proceeded to give the film a rating of 9.7 out of 10. How The Wind Rises serves as the best example of an entire form of filmmaking, yet falls three decimal points short of a perfect ten, however, illustrates the sentimental character of this admirable but undeniably flawed film.
|12 Years a Slave|
(UK, 85 min.)
Written and directed by Simon Horrocks
Starring: Tim Scott Walker, Jannica Olin, Oliver Browne, Cristina Dell’Anna.
A provocative article in Salon recently dubbed American independent cinema as “the next Walmart” of the film industry. Beanie Barnes notes in the article, “Many in the industry still refuse to acknowledge that film is subject to the economic laws of supply and demand.” Film however, is not Field of Dreams. If you build it, the masses won’t necessarily come.
C’était un matin excitant dans le capital, car que je suis allé chez le « launch » du 12 e festival de DiverCiné. Si tu n’es pas en train de voir, mon français n’est pas le meilleur. Donc, comme c’était un drôle épisode comique comme celui de Carol (Margo Martindale) dans le segment « 14e Arrondissement » par Alexandre Payne dans Paris je t’aime, j’ai regardé les célébrations avec un mélange de compréhension. Pas les meilleurs en parlants le français, Carol et moi, mais nous sommes en bonnes esprits pour le festival de DiverCiné!