Sunday, November 1, 2009

Canadian films this week at DFT

Change your ring tone to the Hockey Night in Canada theme. Put a toque on your head. Order a 'double-double' from Tim Hortons. Then head over to the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts ( for this year's installation of flics from the Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF).....First up Wed., Nov. 4, 7 pm, is Benoit Pilon's The Necessities of Life starring Natar Ungalaaq (The Fast Runner). It's about the (gently humourous) culture clash between the Inuit of the far north and southern white society.....On Nov. 5 at 7 pm is Bruce McDonald's Pontypool, a kind of intellectual horror story where small town radio DJ Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) gets reports of stange happenings, tries to make sense of them all, and distills some homespun philosophy.....On Nov. 6 (7 pm) and Nov. 7 (4 pm), Philippe Falardeau's It's Not Me I Swear is a charming coming-of-age film in the tradition of Truffaut's Small Change set in 1960s Quebec.....The WIFF schedule is now out with the main event taking place in downtown Windsor Nov. 12 - 15. ( I'll have more in an upcoming post.

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