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Quebec Cinema Showcase Featuring “Karakara” Starring Youki Kudoh

Venue: Institut Français 17 Queensberry Place London SW7 2DT

Date: 2-4 November 2012

Cinema from Québec is currently enjoying the international spotlight with two films – Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar – shortlisted for best foreign language Oscars in the past two years, as well as a BAFTA nomination for Incendies. Québécois director, Jean-Marc Vallée’s Café de Flore starring Vanessa Paradis, has also garnered critical acclaim.

Featuring five films and four shorts, Québec Cinema Showcase is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations marking the opening of the Québec Government Office in London. The programme will present some of Québec’s finest and most recent cinematic offerings, including the latest work from Cannes award-winning director, 23-year-old Xavier Dolan, Laurence Anyways, and Starbuck, Ken Scott’s Canadian box office smash. Starbuck has been so successful in Canada that Scott has been asked to direct the US remake starring Vince Vaughn for Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios.

Films shown during the Québec Cinema Showcase will be preceded by shorts

Karakara starring Gabriel Arcand and Youki Kudoh

The films are as follows:


Canada/Japan | 2012 | col | 101 mins | dir. Claude Gagnon, with Gabriel Arcand, Youki Kudoh | cert. tbc | in English, Japanese, French with English subtitles

Pierre is a retired professor in his early sixties who goes on a short, unsettling trip around Okinawa with Junko, a 40-year-old runaway wife. The confused intellectual would rather not get involved with this unlikely and unexpected lover but decides to follow his destiny, wherever it may take him.


Sat 3 Nov 5.00pm | £10, conc. £8 | book online

Preceded by the short Anata O Korosu

Followed by a Q&A with dir. Claude Gagnon


Canada | 2011 | col | 109 mins | dir. Ken Scott, with Patrick Huard, Julie Le Breton, Antoine Bertrand, Dominic Philie | cert. tbc | in French with English subtitles

Just when David Wosniak (Patrick Huard) decides to finally take control of his life, this eternal 42 year old teenager discovers that he’s the biological father of 533 children. Suddenly, his life is much more complicated that he anticipated.


Fri 2 Nov 8.15pm | £10, conc. £8 | book online

Preceded by the short Démoni

Further screenings in December

Laurence Anyways

2012 | Canada/France | col | 159 mins | dir. Xavier Dolan, with Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye, Monia Chokri, Susie Almgren, Yves Jacques | cert. tbc | in French with English subtitles

In the 90s, Laurence tells his girlfriend Fred that he wants to become a woman. In spite of the odds, in spite of each other, they confront the prejudices of their friends, ignore the counsel of their families, and brave the phobias of the society they offend. For 10 years, they try to live through this transition, and embark on an epic journey which, unbeknownst to them, may cost Fred and Laurence their love.


Sat 3 Nov 7.30pm | £10, conc. £8 | book online

A free glass of Neige (apple ice wine) will be offered from 6.30pm, courtesy of La Face Cachée de la Pomme.

Further screenings in December



Canada | 2012 | col | 72 mins | dir. Denis Côté | doc | cert. tbc | silent

Animals and people: all along the changing seasons they watch one another. Bestiary unfolds like a filmic picture book about mutual observation, about peculiar perception. A soberly beautiful reflection on the human fascination with animals.


Sun 4 Nov 4.15pm | £10, conc. £8 | book online

Preceded by the short Tout va mieux

Behind Closed Doors


Canada | 2012 | col | 112 mins | dir. Nathalie Saint-Pierre, with Émilie Bierre Joyce-Tamara Hall, Rosine Chouinard- Chauveau | cert. tbc | in French with English subtitles

The film focuses on four girls living under the care of child protection services: Cathy, six years old, arrives in a new foster family, the Bilodeaus; Keyla, a 12-year-old preteen, is transferred into a group home for teenage girls; Mégane, a rebellious 16-year-old, ends up in a detention centre on her 18th birthday, Manu leaves her youth centre and moves into her first apartment. In hopes of reconnecting with the few people that have meant something to her, Manu attends a reception honoring the Bilodeaus, one of her former foster families. She bumps into Keyla and Cathy, and ends up hanging out with Mégane. It proves to be a reunion that no-one will forget anytime soon.


Sun 4 Nov 6.30pm | £10, conc. £8 | book online

Preceded by the short Ina Litovski

Followed by a Q&A with dir. Nathalie Saint-Pierre

Bookings and enquires: Tel 020 7871 3515

For further details visit the Institut Français website

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  1. October 31, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Loved Kudoh Youki in Picture Bride!! Led me to find a couple of her early music albums, she’s such a talent and so happy that she’s still active in cinema!


    • November 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      She has a great voice, doesn’t she – quite deep! I first saw her years ago in a film called Mystery Train (didn’t know it was her until recently). She’s certainly a talent to keep an eye on. Diverse Japan has been invited to the VIP reception for the screening in London, so a review will be posted shortly.


      • November 2, 2012 at 12:14 am

        OMg! I saw Mystery Train too…totally forgot to make that connection xD! That movie was so weird…surreal weird!!!!! But entertaining in its own way. You just reminded me of Screemin’ Jay Hawkins!!!! you know the guy who used to come out of a coffin on stage for his music shows lol =P. It’s Halloween so why not lol? =P


  1. November 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

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