2018 Quebec City Film Festival features more than just movies

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The eighth annual Quebec City Film Festival, which opens on Sept. 13, is expected to draw large crowds.

Classic movies, special effects, virtual reality, a cine-concert, a magic  lantern show and outdoor movies – all this and much more will be on offer at the eighth annual Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF). From Sept. 13 to 22, local film lovers can enjoy some 200 films spanning over a century of cinema history at the Palais Montcalm, at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec and in Place d’Youville. 
The QCFF opens with the long-awaited Quebec movie La disparition des lucioles (The Fireflies are Gone), by Sébastien Pilote. “It [reflects] the image of the QCFF, where art films, independent films and popular movies are part of the same festival,” said QCFF co-founder and programming director Olivier Bilodeau. “Besides being a good movie, it reflects the reality of many Quebecers, especially teens and young adults, who feel isolated, targeted and caged in their lives.”    
Since Quebec culture and actors are at the heart of the QCFF, the festival pays tribute this year to two legends: film director André Forcier and singer and actor Pauline Julien. Forcier’s movies Bar Salon and Une histoire inventée can be seen on Sept. 15 and 16 respectively, and Pascal Ferland’s documentary Pauline Julien: Intime et politique is showing on Sept. 15 and 18. 
This film festival often presents antiques from the world of cinema, with the most intriguing being the magic lantern. Extremely popular during the Victorian age, this single-image projector became obsolete during the 20th century with the advent of moving film projectors, but is still prized by collectors and film buffs. Terry Borton, a magic lantern enthusiast from Connecticut, will share his passion at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.   
Movie and music enthusiasts are invited to a cine-concert, with a live orchestra performing the score of the never-before-seen extended version of the silent 1927 German masterpiece Metropolis. “We are presenting Fritz Lang’s movie with Gabriel Thibaudeau of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal conducting 14 musicians from the Orchestre symphonique de Québec,” said Bilodeau. “We will present the world première of this extended edition – two hours and 30 minutes, without intermission, on Sept. 14.” 
After silent movies, talkies, technicolour movies and special effects revolutionized the world of cinema. Many special effects artists remain in the shadows of film directors, like Colin Cantwell, designer of the spaceships in Stars Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. “I can almost say that I did this for myself,” said Bilodeau. “Cantwell, now retired, wants to meet his fans. We are more than happy to have him at the QCFF. We are not presenting any of his movies, but rather excerpts during his conference on Sept. 16. These famous films have been watched countless times.” 
For $5, people can step into a virtual reality kiosk in Place d’Youville to watch the 10-minute futuristic ice age film, Le Grand froid, created by Quebec City’s Studio Élément in collaboration with artist Samuel Matteau. 
Free outdoor projections of timeless classics will take place in Place d’Youville throughout the festival. Classic movies like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids are dubbed in French with bilingual subtitles. Once Upon a Time in the West and The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night are in English.
More information and a full event schedule are available at fcvq.ca. 
All photos by Cassandra Kerwin.  
The Quebec City Film Festival is back for an eighth year and will show some 200 films in French, English and other languages.  
Whether at the Palais Montcalm, in Place d’Youville or at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, QCFF is expected to draw large groups of fans.