From September 2rd until November 30th, the Cinémathèque québécoise, on De Maisonneuve corner of St-Denis, will be presenting Chine Cinéma, a sort-of festival (but not really, because it spans three months…) of movies from the Chinese Mainland. Jia Zhangke will be particularly celebrated during the season, with all of his movies, including early short films that he made, such as Pickpocket (Xiao Wu), being shown.
I’d see all of them, if I could afford it (in time and money), but I’ve noted a couple of must-see films. In no particular order: All Tomorrow’s Parties (Mingri tianya) (which is by Nelson YU Lik-wai, not Diao Yinan, as noted in the online guide), a sort of dystopian future film, Summer Palace, some romantic film on backdrop of the 1989 near-revolution, She Is Automatic (a New Pants music video, ha-ha!), which is part of a series of animated shorts, Mid-Afternoon Barks, Fujian Blue, and Taishi Village, a documentary by Ai Xiaoming on one of the well-known cases of “mass incidents” in China.