The 32nd annual Les Rendez-vous du Cinema Quebecois is shaping up to be one that makes cinephiles twitch with anticipation. RVCQ (much shorter than saying the whole title) is the premier event in Quebec cinema every year grouping together the best in film that this province has to offer in both official languages. Each winter film fans and industry folk gather to attend the festival and see what the latest trends are in Quebec cinema.
Numbers-wise, this year over 400 industry professionals have been invited to RVCQ and there is a chance to take in around 100 film premiers, 69 documentaries, 19 animated films, 113 short films, 37 student films, and a grand total of 320 films. It is courtesy of a festival of this sort that you gain an appreciation of how diversified Quebec cinema is and how much talent we have in the province. Some of the more anticipated and/or celebrated films at this year’s festival include: Louis Cyr: l’homme le plus fort au monde by Daniel Roby, Que ta joie demeure by Denis Côté, Sarah préfèr la course by Chloé Robichaud, and the festival’s opening film Miraculum by Gabriel Sabourin.
Trying to be as inclusive and innovative as possible the RVCQ for the first time this year will be presenting some films on television, Internet and via your smart phone. 4 Écrans will be just that, an innovation which will offer you four options (screen, phone, computer/tablet and television) to see certain films. This is courtesy of Bell (the festival’s primary sponsor) in collaboration with the ONF. There will also be 25 free events happening at RVCQ including the 5à7 SAQ, Nuits des Rendez-vous, the free outdoor screening of the film Elvis Gratton: Le king des kings, and the soirée Discopathe.
As you would expect from a Quebec festival each evening there is a 5à7 happening in the SAQ Bistro in Cinémathèque Québécois. Each will be animated to some extent, but mostly they are occasions for people to get together and socialize.
The Hommage section pays tribute to a couple of giants of the Quebec cinema environment. Arthur Lamothe, Micheline Lanctôt and Michel Brault.
-Dates: February 21 – March 1, 2014
-Venues: Cinemathèque Québécois (335 de Maisonneuve), Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin (350 Emery), La Grande Bibliothèque (475 de Maisonneuve), Judith-Jasmin Annexe (old ONF cinema) (1564 St. Denis), and Imperial Theatre (1430 Sherbrooke O)
-Ticket Purchase : Cinémathèque Qébécois (335 de Maisonneuve) or www.rvcq.com
-Ticket Prices: Regular – Regular Screening – $11,00, Ciné-Card (6 films) – $55,00, Cinephile Passport – $90,00
Students/Seniors – Regular Screening – $9,00, Ciné-Card (6 films) – $45,00, Cinephile Passport – $75,00