C.R.A.Z.Y (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2005) – Thursday 26th January, 7pm at Armley Mills

This month’s screening, our first of the year, will be Jean-Marc Vallée’s 2005 filim C.R.A.Z.Y on Thursday 26th January, 7pm at the Palace Picture House, in Armley Mills.

As mentioned in our membership post, this film has been selected by one of our newly appointed film programmers, Jamie McHale (Twitter: @Jamie_mchale). Hopefully it can introduce many people to the wonders of French-Canadian cinema; a strand of cinema that is often neglected by the UK distribution channels.

Along with this feature, you will find our usual offering of short films and home made cake!

Read Jamie’s introduction and synopsis of the film below. Including some really helpful socio-cultural background information.

“I came across C.R.A.Z.Y at university as the first film on my Quebec Cinema module and have had a deep interest and passion for the region’s output ever since.  The film explores classic themes in Quebec Cinema, namely: shifting family values, sexuality and religion.

Born on Christmas day 1960, C.R.A.Z.Y follows the life of Zach Beaulieu and his relationships with his 4 uniquely individual brothers (the initials of which, along with the Z of Zach form the title of the film), devout mother and conservative father throughout the 60s and following decades. With an interest in traditionally feminine toys from a young age and an obsession with Ziggy Stardust in his adolescence, Zach has always known he was different from other boys and how he, his imagination and his family respond to these signs shape his life in unexpected ways. The compelling story is complemented by a visual flair and a soundtrack to kill which make C.R.A.Z.Y a coming of age story like no other.

The 60s were an incredibly important time in French Canada with La Révolution Tranquille (The Quiet Revolution) dramatically changing the socio-political landscape. The movement was responsible for the rapid and effective secularisation of (a previously staunchly catholic) society and laid the foundations for the development of a new national identity. The effects of the upheaval and nation debate La Révolution Tranquille brought about can be seen throughout C.R.A.Z.Y and indeed, most of Quebec Cinema ever since.”

Jamie McHale – Minicine Film Programmer

If you have already bought membership, or have let us know that you will be purchasing membership at this month’s screening, then your place has already been reserved, as this will be your first screening as a member, so entry will be FREE!

As per the advantages of membership announced earlier this week, members will have a WHOLE WEEK before tickets are open to the public next Friday (13th January). At which point, they will be available here. So if you buy membership, or let us know you’ll be buying membership any time this week, you will instantly be reserved a seat.

remember that members can reserve one ticket for non-members before they are open to the public, but they will cost the usual price of £6.00. E-mail minicine@live.co.uk to let us know.

If you want to check out full details of membership, check out the membership page. You can buy membership straight away by clicking here, or by e-mailing minicine@live.co.uk and telling us that you will buy membership at the screening.

Hope to see you there!

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