« Chine Cinéma » at the Cinémathèque québécoise

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Chine Cinéma à la Cinémathèque québécoise

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.

Up the Yangtze is back at the AMC during the Olympics

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Sur le Yangzi / Up the Yangtze

If you didn’t see Canadian-born Chinese Yung Chang‘s film Up the Yangtze (Sur le Yangzi, en version française), here’s your chance:

Back by popular demand, Up the Yangtze will return to theatres this Friday August 15 for an open run at Montreal’s AMC Forum. The epic documentary provides another face to China not shown during the Olympic Games, exploring the lives of people living along the Yangtze River, forced to deal with flooding from the massive Three Gorges Dam.

The movie is presented in English with Mandarin subtitles. Dolby 5.1, 95 minutes, 35mm.

Regarde les Chinois : Yung Chang 張僑勇

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Yung Chang

Pour Regarde les Chinois cette semaine, nous rencontrons Yung Chang, 30 ans, réalisateur basé à Montréal du documentaire Sur le Yangzi qui fit partie de la compétition officielle à Sundance. Né dans la région de Toronto de parents originaires de Beijing et Shanghai, Yung a grandi à Whitby, et on a parlé d’approche artistique, d’attention médiatique, (beaucoup beaucoup) de bouffe, de moustaches, et de la Chine. Up the Yangtze ouvre en anglais aujourd’hui au Forum AMC, et en français le 29 février 2008 au Quartier Latin.

For Regarde les Chinois, this week, we are meeting Yung Chang, 30, Montreal filmmaker of the documentary Up the Yangtze, which was featured in this year’s lineup at Sundance. Born in the Toronto region to parents from Beijing and Shanghai, Yung grew up in Whitby, and we spoke about artistic approach, media attention, (lots and lots about) food, mustaches and of China. Up the Yangtze opens today in English at the AMC Forum, and on February 29th, 2008 in French.

Language of the interview / Langue de l’interview : English (and a little Mandarin) / Anglais (et un peu de Mandarin)

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Sur le Yangzi ouvre à Montréal

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Sur le Yangzi / Up the Yangtze

Après avoir été présenté au Festival du Nouveau Cinéma en octobre dernier, Sur le Yangzi, le dernier documentaire du réalisateur Chinois Canadien Yung Chang, ouvrira en salle au cinéma AMC Forum en anglais, le vendredi le 22 février 2008, et puis au Quartier Latin en français, le vendredi 29 février. Comme les Chinois recevra Yung Chang en entrevue à Regarde les Chinois la semaine prochaine. (Site officiel)

After being presented during the Nouveau Cinema Festival last October, On the Yangtze, Chinese Canadian director Yung Chang’s last documentary film, will open in theatres, at AMC Forum in English, on Friday February 22nd, 2008, and at Quartier Latin in French, on on Friday February 29th, 2008. Comme les Chinois will play host to an interview with Yung Chang on Regarde les Chinois next week. (Official site)

Cinéma Sun Ko Wah 新國華

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Sun Ko Wah : La Librairie Chinoise

It was through a quick search to see whether the Sun Ko Wah (新國華) boutique and bookstore on this picture still existed (it probably does), that I realized that Chinatown’s now-defunct cinema on St-Laurent Boulevard (near René-Lévesque) was also called the Sun Ko Wah! Yes, according to infos on the web, this cinema existed between 1989 and 1995. My memories seem to point to a much earlier period, but the end of it may indeed be 1995, year of the exodus for many Montreal Chinese of previous immigration waves.

In any case, I was still too young in 1995 to go to a movie theatre (and remember really wanting to go to it, despite my young age), and never ventured inside this manifestation of the micro and ethnic cinema in Montreal. When I got old enough to go see a movie by myself, the Sun Ko Wah Cinema became a jewelry shop. Was left behind, a different business at around the same civic number on Clark Street, bearing the exact same name.

Eve & the Fire Horse à Montreal, 19 janvier 2008

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Eve and the Fire Horse

Eve and the Fire Horse (2005), de la réalisatrice canadienne d’origine chinoise Julia Kwan, sera présenté le samedi 19 janvier 2008 à 19 h à la Cinémathèque Québécoise (335, boul. De Maisonneuve Est, métro Berri-UQAM, sortie Maisonneuve). Il s’agit de la première des projections mensuelles de films asiatiques organisées par l’organisme Ciné Asie fondé par Mi-jeong Lee (elle est aussi connu comme étant la co-programmatrice du volet asiatique du festival Fantasia). Un atelier gratuit sur le maniement de la caméra est également présenté à partir de 17 h.

Eve and the Fire Horse (2005) by Chinese Canadian director Julia Kwan will be presented on Saturday January 19th at 7pm at the Cinémathèque Québécoise (335, boul. De Maisonneuve Est, métro Berri-UQAM, Maisonneuve exit). This is the first monthly asian film screening organized by Mi-jeong Lee’s Ciné Asie (she is also known as the associate programmer for Fantasia‘s Asian section). A free workshop on camera handling is also presented starting at 5pm.

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