Author: William Brownridge

Review: On The Beat РCin̩franco 2012

On The Beat may seem like a typical dance film, but director Charles-Olivier Michaud and writer Caroline Héroux have crafted something more than that. The story follows Delphine Lamarre (Mylène St-Sauveur), an aspiring dancer who is at odds with her parents on her direction in life. They would like her to finish university, but Delphine is more interested in a career in dancing. With her current partner injured and an important audition coming, Delphine has to team up with Marc (Nico Archambault), another talented and attractive dancer. The film isn’t solely focused on Delphine and her dance career. In...

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Review: War Of The Buttons – Cinefranco 2012

Yann Samuell writes and directs the classic French tale War Of The Buttons , presented on March 25, 2012 as part of the Cinéfranco Film Festival. Two groups of boys from neighbouring villages carry on a play war that has lasted for generations. Lebrac (Vincent Bres) leads the boys from the town of Longeverne as they battle their rivals from Verlrans. All the boys look up to Lebrac but he begins to realize there’s more to life than the childish war as he’s faced with some tough choices after his father leaves. Some of my favorite films involve that...

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Review: A Mad Venture: In The Footsteps Of Jeanne Mance РCin̩franco 2012

Director Annabel Loyola takes us on a journey from Langres, France to Montreal, Canada in A Mad Venture: In The Footsteps Of Jeanne Mance , screening March 29, 2012 as part of the Cinéfranco Film Festival. Loyola became fascinated by the lost memory of Jeanne Mance, a founder of Montreal who lived 1606 to 1673. As Loyola searches for what motivated Mance to travel across the world to help create Montreal, she also exposes the concept that drives many people to leave their lives behind and move to a new world. Unfortunately, not much is known about Jeanne Mance...

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Review: La Sacr̩e РCin̩franco

The opening film for the 2012 Cinéfranco Film Festival is the Dominic Desjardins directed La Sacrée. This is the story of François Lebas (Marc Marans), a professional con-man who is finally going to make it rich by marrying Sofia (Marie Turgeon), a fragrance queen. Before she says” I do”, Sofia wants to be pregnant. This poses a problem for François when he learns that he’s sterile. The solution waits for François in his hometown of Fort Aimable, in the form of La Sacrée, a beer that is said to be an aphrodisiac. The town is slowly fading away though,...

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Review: SpOIL and Dead Wrong – MINT Festival

The Alberta tar sands are a highly controversial project already, but now, a proposed pipeline threatens to cut right through the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. This has the potential to destroy a beautiful environment that is home to the spirit bear. SpOIL follows The International League of Conservation Photographers as they travel to British Columbia to aid the Gitga’at first nation people in an attempt to bring awareness about the rainforest to the public. From the moment the film starts, the viewer is treated to breathtaking shots of the forest and wildlife that make up the Great...

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Review: Pray For Japan

On March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami destroyed the Tohoku coastal region in Japan. Director Stu Levy, an American living in Tokyo, immediately set out to volunteer. Over a six-week period, Levy alternated between filming and offering his help as a volunteer. Over 50 hours of footage was edited down to make the 97 minute documentary Pray For Japan . On March 14, 2012, the film will have a one day charity screening at AMC Yonge & Dundas 24 at 7:00 pm. Pray For Japan covers four different areas throughout the film. Family, school, volunteers, and...

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Review: 24 Hours Berlin

Director Volker Heise brought together over 80 different directors and camera crews to record for a full 24 hours in Berlin on Friday, September 5, 2008. Over 700 hours of footage was then edited to form one 24-hour-long film, entitled 24 Hours Berlin , which chronicles a day in the life of the iconic city. The Goethe Institut will be bringing two separate 3-hour segments of the film to TIFF Bell Lightbox on March 12, 2012 and March 14, 2012. The film covers every part of the city imaginable. From prison inmates to government officials to world famous conductor...

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