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Canada China International Film Festival – Oct 22-25, 2021

Another edition of the Canada China International Film Festival will be coming soon. They will have film screenings from October 22-25, 2021. There will also be a special screening of the documentary Saving Chinatown – The Rise of the Dragons about Montreal’s Chinatown.

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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy – film review – Nouveau cinema 2021

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021)
Director & Writer: Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
Production: Satoshi Takata
Cast: Kotone Furukawa, Ayumu Nakajima, Kiyohiko Shibukawa

You can buy a ticket and watch this online now until October 31 on Nouveau cinema’s VOD platform.

This is an anthology of three separate, unrelated stories. There is a lot of dialogue so the focus is very much on the characters and what they say. Some of the characters feel like they don’t necessarily belong in society and some don’t really understand themselves or have suppressed their feelings. In each story, the main characters revealed their inner thoughts and feelings to each other, concerning friendship and/or relationships.

I was surprised how engaged I became with each story. The common thread among the films is hinted at by the title, how luck can greatly shape encounters and occurrences. Ultimately, the universal need for human connection is what ties the stories together. The characters acknowledge that they themselves are contradictions. In fact, there definitely seems to be a theme of hating the one you love. And not letting go of what you feel you’ve lost.

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Introduction – film review – Nouveau cinema 2021

Introduction (2021)
Director & Writer & Production: Hong Sangsoo
Cast: Shin Seokho, Park Miso, Kim Youngho

You can buy a ticket and watch this online now until October 31 on Nouveau cinema’s VOD platform.

This is a pretty short movie at just over an hour and it’s in black and white. It’s very much a casual film with slice of life encounters and conversations. There’s not much of a plot but there is a connection between scenes that’s gradually revealed as the movie progresses. The main character is a young man who seems to have lost a bit of direction in his life.

I guess Hong Sang Soo has his fans but after watching a few of his films I’ve yet to find the appeal. I do like the low key casualness of his films and particularly in this film some of the character moments are nice on their own but none of it builds to something more than what I could perceive at least. The short running time and the lack of detail doesn’t really make me ponder any hidden complexity.

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Days – film review – Nouveau cinema 2021

Days (2020)
Director & Writer: Tsai Ming-Liang
Production: Claude Wang
Cast: Kang-Sheng Lee, Anong Houngheuangsy

You can buy a ticket and watch this online now until October 31 on Nouveau cinema’s VOD platform.

I tried watching a film from Tsai Ming-Liang a long time ago. I don’t recall finishing it or if I did I don’t recall enjoying it. But I do recall it feeling slow. Days is a slow movie with mostly static shots that last for many minutes sometimes with barely anything changing in the frame. There is no real plot. The film shows two different men who do meet around the midpoint of the film which runs just over 2 hours.

The running time is mostly composed of scenes that portray very mundane slice of life events, sometimes you can’t even call them events. The opening scene of a man staring outside at the rain lasts for about 5 minutes, which is a pretty good representation of how many other scenes play out. You will need patience to watch this film to its end. The most interesting scene at least to me purely based on what happens is that of electroacupuncture combined with something smoking on top of the needles. For others, the massage scene might be the most interesting.

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Festival du Nouveau Cinema – Oct 6-17, 2021 (in person screenings) & Oct 6-31 (online screenings)

The 50th edition of the Nouveau cinéma festival will have both in person screenings (October 6-17, 2021) and virtual online screenings (October 6-31, 2021). Some films are only available at in-person screenings. The venues are Cinéma du Parc, Cinéma du Musée, Cinéma Impérial and Cinémathèque Québécoise.

There’s an interesting selection of East Asian films. Here are some that caught my notice but these are certainly not all of them.

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Classic East Asian film screenings this weekend (Oct 1-3, 2021) weekend @ Cinémathèque Québécoise

I only just found out about this but Cinémathèque Québécoise will be showing some classic East Asian films by famous directors this coming weekend including Friday evening (October 1-3, 2021).

Friday, October 1st: Ashes of Time Redux dir Wong Kar-Wai, The Eagle Shooting Heroes dir Jeffrey Lau

Saturday, October 2nd: Late Spring dir Yasujirō Ozu

Sunday, October 3rd: Dragon Inn dir King Hu (4k Restoration), Goodbye, Dragon Inn dir Tsai Ming-Liang

Some Trailers below:

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