Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Fri, Sep 16, 2011 - Sun, Sep 18, 2011
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Co-presented by Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and the Québec Government Office in Los Angeles

September 16 - 18, 2011

In 2003, internationally renowned Quebec filmmaker Denis Arcand received four Academy Award nominations and won the Foreign-Language Oscar for THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS. The year was touted as the “rebirth of Quebec cinema.” In the past eight years since this rebirth, Quebec cinema has moved successfully in two directions, toward both the increasing output of crowd-pleasing, domestic box office successes, and the darker, more complex independent films populating the most prestigious international festivals. Emile Gaudreault's 2009 crime comedy FATHERS AND GUNS (for which a U.S. remake is in the works) became the highest grossing French-language film in Canadian history, while young Xavier Dolan's edgy accomplishments I KILLED MY MOTHER and HEARTBEATS received praise consecutive years at the Cannes Film Festivals 2009 and 2010.

The films selected for Quebec In Hollywood reflect recent offerings in both mainstream and independent cinema. Kicking off the series is the international premiere of recent Quebec release STARBUCK, starring Patrick Huard and directed by Ken Scott, about a man who hilariously learns the consequences of his past habit for donating sperm. Next is a double feature of some of Quebec's hottest box-office toppers in 2011: The international premiere of A SENSE OF HUMOR, which recently became the highest grossing film in Quebec in 2011, a winning comedy about two stand-up comedians taken hostage by a grouchy yokel (multiple Genie and Jutra award nominee Michel Cote); and the California premiere of FUNKYTOWN, the domestic box-office title holder for the first half of 2011, about the fall of TV celebrity Bastien Lavallee (played by Patrick Huard) in disco-era Montreal. The series finishes with a double feature of festival favorites: CURLING, an official selection of the Venice Film Festival 2010 and winner of Best Director and Lead Actor at Locarno, is an austere, pitch-black comedy about a misanthropic father and daughter confronted with evil in the backwoods of wintry Quebec; and THE SALESMAN, nominated for the World Cinema award at Sundance 2011, about an aging, doggedly loyal car salesman who must come to terms with tragedy as the local auto industry goes woefully into decline.

Series compiled by Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Beth Hanna.

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In-person guests joining us for discussions during this series include writer-director Ken Scott and producer Andre Rouleau (STARBUCK), producer Denise Robert (A SENSE OF HUMOR), director Daniel Roby (FUNKYTOWN), and director Sebastien Pilote (THE SALESMAN).
Egyptian TheatreFri, Sep 16, 2011 - Sun, Sep 18, 2011
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

International Premiere!
Fri, Sep 16, 2011 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Free Admission & Popcorn + "Iris" Giveaway!
Sat, Sep 17, 2011 - 5:00pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Filmmakers In Person!
Sat, Sep 17, 2011 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Director In Person!
Sun, Sep 18, 2011 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre