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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 21, No. 1 September 2015


by Caroline Rodgers / September 1, 2015

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There is plenty to see at the cinema this fall. Here’s a selection of the most eagerly anticipated films, whether they’re made in Quebec, or by Quebec’s best filmmakers!

Paul à Québec

Michel Rabagliati’s cult comic strip comes to the silver screen in an adaptation by the artist himself, along with François Bouvier (Histoires d’hiver), and is one of the most eagerly-awaited Quebec films in a long time. This, the sixth installation of the Paul series, is the most emotional, drawing on life’s hardships including death and grief, and has the best cinematic potential. François Létourneau (Série noire) plays the role of Paul, with Gilbert Sicotte in the role of his father-in-law. In theatres September 18.


Since the magnificent Incendies, adapted from the Wajdi Mouawad play, was nominated at the 2011 Oscars, Denis Villeneuve has been working on productions in the U.S. His latest work, Sicario, takes advantage of an impressive cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Jon Bernthal star in this thriller. Centered on Mexican drug cartels, the film was in the running for a Palme d’Or in Cannes. In theatres September 25.

Also in theatres this September is Michel Préfontaine’s Soudain, le silence, starring Canadian baritone Étienne Dupuis.

Guibord s’en va t’en guerre

Philippe Falardeau, the director of Monsieur Lahazar, is back with a political comedy starring Patrick Huard and Suzanne Clément. This satire, which was well-received at its launch at the Locarno International Film Festival last August, tells the story of an independent MP who, in spite of himself, finds himself holding the balance of power and having to decide whether or not Canada should go to war. It will be screened at this year’s TIFF in Toronto and appear in theatres October 2.

Also in theatres this October: Guy Édoin’s Ville-Marie, with Monica Belluci and Pascale Bussières; Les démons by Philippe Lesage, with a cast of kids and teens including Edouard Tremblay-Grenier.

La guerre des tuques 3D

The most well-known film from André Melançon’s Contes pour tous series has become a classic of Quebecois cinema and is being adapted into animation. Directors Jean-François Pouliot and François Brisson assure us that they have preserved the spirit of the original. Additionally, L’Hymne, the film’s theme song, is performed by an iconic (if unlikely) duo: Celine Dion and Fred Pellerin. It promises to be a hit at the box office as the holiday season approaches. In theatres November 13.

Also in theatres this November: Le garagiste by Renée Beaulieu, with Normand D’Amour; Anne Émond’s Les êtres chers starring Maxim Gaudette and Karelle Tremblay, Charles-Olivier Michaud’s Anna, with Anna Mouglalis; and the documentary Pipelines, pouvoir et démocratie (“Pipelines, power, and democracy”) by Oliver D. Asselin.

Translation: Rebecca Anne Clark

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