Gov’t and Langlois save Cinema Parallele and Ex-Centris
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.
DOC: Canuck doc industry is shrinking
Getting Real, an Economic Snapshot of the Canadian Documentary Industry report paints a grim picture, particularly for filmmakers making artistic and social issue films.
Incendies dominates Jutras
Incendies swept the 13 annual Jutras Awards last night, picking up nine prizes, including for best film, best direction, best screenplay and best actress.
Rendez-vous fest opens with Lafleur’s En terrains connus
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).
Lacroix committed to working with indie producers
CBC president Hubert Lacroix says he wants independent producers to help audiences “get closer to their Bobino.”
Villeneuve leads Jutra pack, although auteurs score well
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.
Pentefountas steps in for Arpin at CRTC as opposition accuses gov’t of cronyism
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.
Alliance Vivafilm turns to crowd-pleasers for 2011
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.
Villeneuve makes the final Oscar cut – Updated
It’s official: Denis Villeneuve is going for his Oscar.
Dolan up for Cesar for Les Amours imaginaires
Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan, who will start shooting his third feature, Laurence Anyways, at the end of February, has been nominated for a Cesar Award, the French Oscar, for Les Amours imaginaires (Heartbeats).
Seville optimistic about Barney’s Version as release opens up
Seville Pictures is justifiably optimistic as it widens the Canadian release of Barney’s Version, the film based on Montreal writer Mordecai Richler’s book of the same name.
Does Montreal need more studio space?
The co-owner of Montreal’s largest full-service shooting stage, Mel’s Cite du Cinema, says he’ll consider expanding his facilities to accommodate more Hollywood blockbusters if the Quebec government raises the all spend tax credit to 35%.