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Vancouver French Film Festival Feb. 17-27th

In Art Work on February 18, 2011 at 11:41 pm

The 17th French Film Festival of Vancouver kicked in with a very well attended Reception and Premiere: A L’Origine d’un Cri, by Robin Aubert, Canada 2010 (with English subt.) with Jean Lapointe, Michel Barrette, Patrick Hivon, and Veronique Beaudet.

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A l’Origine d’un Cri is a dark movie about a heartbroken widow (Michel Barrette) who heads for the Quebec countryside with the corpse of his wife in a drunken haze. Anxious about his well being, the women in his family send his blustery buzzard of a father (Jean Lapointe) and his combative, possibly suicidal son (Patrick Hivon). Amazing acting!  Brilliant direction manages to keep the crowd alert , although very difficult social issues are addressed. A huge cast of very seasoned actors made it very entertaining to watch.

One Movie to Watch: Tromper le Silence (with English subtitles), 2010, 1h43 min.,  Monday Feb. 21, 21h00, by Julie Hivon, with Suzanne Clement, Maxime Dumonter, Sebastien Huberdeau, Sophie Cadieux, Claude Pregent, Pascale Montpetit, Thomas Lalonde, Benoit Gouin.

The French Film Festival features an interesting list of full features and shorts from both Quebec and France, as well as discussions over 10 days, at the beautiful new Jules Verne auditorium/cinema, Jules Verne School, 5445 Baille, between Cambie and Oak, and 37th and 39th.

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