More than two years after software mogul Daniel Langlois shocked this city’s cinephiles by shutting down his rep cinema Ex-Centris, two levels of government and the software mogul’s own foundation have reached a deal to save the complex, which houses the venerated Cinema Parallele and two other theaters.
North America’s largest showcase of Quebec film, the 29th annual Rendez-vous du cinema quebecois unspooled last night with the Canadian premiere of award-winning helmer Stephane Lafleur’s En terrains connus (Familiar Ground).
A number of somber auteur films which were critically acclaimed but didn’t score high at the box office are in the running for the award’s top categories.
Only a few days after Industry Minister Tony Clement threatened to overturn a CRTC ruling on usage-based Internet billing the government has appointed a political ally as vice-chair of the federal regulator, a move critics say is meant to undermine the body’s authority.
After a few homegrown film d’auteur disappointments at the Quebec box office for Alliance Vivafilm, the Montreal-based distributor will focus on releasing mainstream crowd-pleasers in 2011, says president Patrick Roy.
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