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Films: April 2013 Archives

Jeppe on a Friday comes to Vues d'Afrique

Jeppe  Ravi the shopowner.jpgIn the documentary Jeppe on a Friday, the lives of five people in a Johannesburg neighborhood were filmed for just one day.  The film exposes different levels of society in Jeppe -- everyone from a man who scavenges through garbage to an ambitious land developper.

Jeppe on a Friday is on screen this week at the Vues D'Afrique festival in Montreal.

Jeppe directors.jpgShannon Walsh and Arya Lalloo sent out eight filmmakers to film the different storylines. Shannon previously directed St-Henri, the 26th of August, which filmed the Montreal neighbourhood over the course of one day. Arya Lalloo is an independent filmmaker based in Johannesburg.

(Photo of Lalloo and Walsh courtesy of Vues d'Afrique)

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Geneviève Bujold: Still Mine, 'still ours'

STILL MINE bujold and cromwell.jpgAcademy Award nominee Geneviève Bujold joins Sonali Karnick to talk about her new film, Still Mine.

The film is coming to Canadian cinemas as of May 10th, but it's been gathering momentum since it was an Official Selection at The Toronto International Film Festival last summer. More recently, Still Mine picked up 7 major nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Geneviève Bujold was nominated for Best Actress - the latest in a long line of honours and awards over the years. Her acting career started in Montreal in the 1960s.

She made a name for herself in films as diverse as Claude Jutra's Kamouraska, Anne of the Thousand Days with Richard Burton, and David Cronenberg's thriller Dead Ringers. She's lived in California for years, but comes back to do films from time to time - like The Trotsky, and now Still Mine.

Still Mine is based on a true story about an independent elderly couple named Irene and Craig Morrison who have run their own farm for six decades.  But Irene starts to shows signs of dementia and her 89-year-old husband decides to build her a smaller house nearby. A local inspector tries to shut him down, and Craig risks going to jail if he continues to build it.

That's the story - but the heart of the film is this couple, played by Bujold and Academy-award nominee James Cromwell (Babe).


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