Montréal AmérAsia Film Festival: Kickoff!

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Hello Sound on Sight readers! My name is Edgar Chaput. You may have come across some of my articles over the past couple of months. I became a new addition to the Montreal based team of writers back in December of last year and have contributed, to the best of my abilities, with two weekly columns (Friday Noir and Shaw Brothers Saturdays) as well as some general reviews for press screenings concerning new theatrical releases.

I have been assigned a new, thrilling task as a Sound on Sight writer, that being film festival coverage. It will be a privilege share the word with you, the tremendously astute Sound on Sight fans, on some great new movies which travel the festival circuit and make pit stops in Montreal, Québec. I hope to live up to the challenge.

This very weekend marks the start of the 3rd annual AmérAsia Film Festival, with screenings all weekend long (meaning the 2nd, 3rd and 4rth of March), with more exciting movies playing the weekend after (the 9th, 10th and 11th of March). Here is the official website. For those wishing to see some of the Asian continents most original, intelligent and sometimes audacious movies, screenings will be held at the Cinémathèque Québécoise, the Cinéma du Parc, and the Cinéma ONF. Special events, such as the anticipated KROP! Dance & Fashion Show (which highlights the latest Korean music and fashion trends), will occur at the Société des Arts Techniques. Even if you do not live in La Belle Province’s metropolis, you can still follow along with the many articles that are to appear over the course of the next week, at least to learn about the fantastic new movies that just might make it to your city at some point.

So far as I am concerned, there are certainly some films which I highly anticipate watching and, of course, sharing some reviews of. Here are some of the films which are on schedule (which, it should be noted, is itself subject to change):

 Arirang (2011, Kim-Ki-duk)

 

Yona Yona Penguin (2009, Rintaro)

I Wish (2011, Hirokazu Koreeda)

 

The Light Thief  (2010, Aktan Arym Kubat)

 

I Wish I Knew (2010, Jia Zheng-Ke)

 

Vanishing Spring Light (2011, Xun Yu)

Come back to Festival section here at Sound on Sight from now until Monday, March 12th for film reviews, updates and some wrap up thoughts on the event.

Enjoy the festival!

-Edgar Chaput

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