Black History Month French New Wave and Burning Moon come to a close

Black History Month is drawing to a close but the Afrikadey Arts & Culture Society is squeezing in a few more events before February finishes. On Saturday February 27 the society will present a free screening of Michel Ocelot’s 1998 feature Kirikou and the Sorceress at Cantos. A former president of France’s International Animated Film Association Ocelot has been embraced by the global animation community but he’s managed to remain in North America’s blind spot. Regardless this screening which will be followed by music snacks and activities for the wee ones is sure to be a treat.

Speaking of endings the Calgary Cinematheque Society’s outstanding and invaluable French New Wave series will wrap up after a pair of screenings of Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le fou the 10th film from the influential director. The movie will screen on Tuesday March 2 at the Plaza and then again on Saturday March 6 with a lecture from guest speaker Nancy Tousley of the Calgary Herald — any self-respecting cinephile who misses this will be kicking themselves for months.

Documentary fans should be sure to take in Last Train Home the latest offering in the Doc Soup series presented by the Calgary International Film Festival at Eau Claire on Wednesday March 3. Another look at the labour and living conditions in China from the team behind 2007’s award-winning (and rightly so) Up The Yangtze expect Last Train to be both insightful and a little bit soul-crushing.

On a somewhat more frivolous note March 3 will also see a free screening (though donations of canned goods are welcome) of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds at the Plaza. With its nods to spaghetti westerns Italian grindhouse double-fisted war stories and even ’80s music videos Tarantino’s latest opus is the kind of film that’s made to be seen on the big screen — the film’s climax wouldn’t be half as effective on home video and you can’t argue with free.

Lastly the Plaza has two more irresistible options on Thursday March 4. First the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers is kicking off its annual $100 Film Festival which celebrates independent filmmaking in all its forms. And then Burning Moon Video is presenting Peter Jackson’s gore-laden classic Bad Taste . It’s a bittersweet note as the store has had to shut down after a year in business but what better way to say goodbye than by watching the Academy Award-winning Jackson hold his fractured skull together with a baseball cap?

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