Rebelle (2012)

War Witch (In English)

Directed by: Kim Nguyen
Written by: Kim Nguyen
Starring: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Serge Kanyinda and Mizinga Mwinga

Nominated for: Best Foreign Language Film

It’s Oscar Season!  I will try my best to preview most of the films that are up for notable Oscars despite the fact that I am among those who believe the ceremony is directed towards commercially appealing talent rather than actual artistic talent but I digress… Anyway, I thought I’d begin my Oscar posts by promoting some homegrown talent.  Montreal filmmaker Kim Nguyen has garnered much press and accolades for his French war drama, Rebelle (aka War Witch), about a teenage African girl who tells the story of her war-ravaged youth to her unborn child.  The movie has already been nominated, and won, a number of awards for Nguyen and his leading actress Rachel Mwanza, including an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film for Nguyen at the upcoming Academy Awards.  The trailer looks both beautiful and disturbing, which makes me eager to see it.

In Montreal, it can be seen in theaters starting January 18th at Cinema du Parc.  Hopefully it will gain a larger distribution with this nomination as it has already finished screening in theatres, but if not, keep your eyes out for it!

IMDB: 7.0

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%


Brando at his best

Unfortunately, there are only two nights left to enjoy Marlon Brando week at Cinema du Parc.  Luckily, there are still two screenings of the Redux version of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece Apocalypse Now (1979) starting tonight at 8pm.

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Apocalypse Now is one of the few movies on which so much has been said that it would be embarrassing to add to the already exhausted discussion.  The movie, and Brando’s performance in it, speaks for itself:

But if you’re looking for a reason to see it for the 100th time, you can try counting the record number (394) of editing mistakes.  I’ll see how many I can find when I enjoy it in a theatre for the first time.