Culture Canada2008.7 & 2008.8

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This month's feature events are:
  • Release of The Golden Dogs' Album Big Eye Little Eye
  • Release of Gonzales' New Album Soft Power
  • Manufactured Landscapes directed by Jennifer Baichwal
  • Canadian Docu DaysFLittle-known NFB documentaries
  • La La La Human StepsFAmjad
  • Girl in the Goldfish Bowl - a play by Morris Panych

y^Music^La Musique

Release of The Golden Dogs' Album
Big Eye Little Eye

Wednesday, July 2

After opening up for seminal bands like the Kaiser Chiefs, The Libertines and Bloc Party, Toronto band The Golden Dogs landed on a lot of publications' year end best of lists with their album, Big Eye Little Eye. After reaching No. 20 on CMJ's influential chart and becoming a huge hit on MTV, they appeared at this year's Great Escape Festival in Brighton, which was followed by a UK tour.

Big Eye Little Eye will be released in Japan by Kurofune Records.

Release of Gonzales' New Album Soft Power iJj

Wednesday, July 16

Pianist, producer, rapper, comedian, auteur - multi-talented Gonzales comes back with his biggest album yet after a long-collaboration with this year's big Juno winner and Grammy nominee, Feist, as well as remixes for Bjork and Daft Punk. While you never know what you're going to get with Gonzales, the result is always a wonderful surprise.

His newest album entitled Soft Power follows-up his 2004 piano release simply entitled Solo Piano. Presently living in Paris, Gonzales is now incorporating French pop into his sound and rumours have it that he'll be coming to Japan very soon.

f^Film^Les films

A dispassionate documentary of environmental destructionF
Manufactured Landscapes
directed by Jennifer Baichwal

Opens Saturday, July 12
@@Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Hall
@@and Image Forum Theatre, Tokyo

Opens Saturday, July 26
@@Theatre Umeda, Osaka and various cities

Edward Burtynsky is a Canadian photographer making a photographic record of the worldwide environmental destruction caused by industrial development. This documentary follows him through dynamically developing China as he observes and points his camera at scene after scene of progressively worsening environmental reality. Director Jennifer Baichwal assembled this documentary by matter-of-factly filming the conscience-driven photographer as he took his pictures. The result is a powerful statement about the crisis facing the earth.

The work has won numerous prizes at the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada's Genie awards, the Nashville Film Festival, and elsewhere.

2006, Canada, 87 minutes
English with Japanese subtitles

Screening of precious documentary works
from the NFB
Canadian Docu DaysFLittle-known NFB documentaries

Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19
@@Athénée Français Culture Center, Tokyo

Canada's National Film Board has produced and distributed over 12,000 high-quality documentaries, animations and other films since its establishment in 1939. A world famous and highly acclaimed winner of numerous prizes including academy awards, it is often cited as a model of how to make films and support filmmaking.

This project, sponsored by a young group of future cinema management specialists, will present a collection of precious works from the NFB library. The line-up includes films never before seen in Japan by Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault, and Claude Jutra - Canadian directors behind the innovative, sensational and world famous gdirect cinemah documentary movement of the late 50s/early 60s.

Also to be featured is a documentary on the life of Buster Keaton - one of the three great kings of comedy - and a silent film that Keaton made near the end of his career. The virtually unknown science film Universe, said to have influenced 2001: A Space Odyssey, is on the program as well, and there will be much more. Don't miss it!

ptH[~OA[g^Performing Arts^Arts de la scène

La La La Human StepsFAmjad iJj

Friday, July 4 - Sunday, July 6
@@Saitama Arts Theatre
Now showing
Nightwatching ifilmj
Various cities

Now showing
Away From Her by Sarah Polley ifilmj
Ginza Theatre Cinema; later at theatres nationwide

Now showing
Eastern Promises by David Cronenberg ifilmj
Chanter Cine and Cine Libre Ikebukuro; later at theatres nationwide

Now showing
Juno by Jason Reitman ifilmj
Chanter Cine, Shibuya Amuze CQN and other theatres nationwide

Now showing
Sharkwater by Bob Stewart ifilmj
Shibuya Q-AX Cinema

gDisasterh by Sherri Hay

Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design in Canada 2007
Embassy of Canada E.H. Norman Library, Tokyo

`mid August
Short Shorts Film Festival 2008
Nasu, Nagoya, Osaka

George Raab - Canadian Wilderness Etching
Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery, Tokyo

Year of Glenn Gould iJj
100th Anniversary of the Publication of Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables Centennial Exhibition - Prince Edward Island that Montgomery Loved
7^17`28FJR Nagoya Takashimaya
8^21`9^2F Fukuya Hacchobori Honten, Hiroshima
and other cities

Release of The Golden Dogs' Album
Big Eye Little Eye iJj

La La La Human StepsF Amjad iJj
Saitama Arts Theatre

Girl in the Goldfish Bowl written by Morris Panych iJj
Haiyuza Theatre, Tokyo

2008^7^8, 9, 10
UNCUT Concert
8FNiigata Junkbox Mini
9FShibuya O-Nest, Tokyo
10FDrunkard's Stadium, Chiba

2008^7^11`13, 17`21
Tokyo International Lesbian Gay Film FestivalF Breakfast with Scot from Canada
11`13FShinjuku Wald 9
17`21FSpiral Hall

Manufactured Landscapes by Jennifer Baichwal ifilmj
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Image Forum and various cities

Release of Gonzales' New Album
Soft Power iJj

2008^7^18, 19
gCanadian Docu Daysh
Screenings of NFB documentaries
Athénée Français Culture Center, Tokyo

Book Reading for Children
gDinosaurs in Canada?h
Embassy of Canada E.H. Norman Library, Tokyo

2008^7^25, 26, 27
Simple Plan, Flower Travellin' Band, Richie Hawtin, etc. to perform at Fuji Rock Festival '08
Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata

Anne of Green Gables iJj
Hyogo Performing Arts Center

International Animation Festival Hiroshima 2008
Aster Plaza, Hiroshima

2008^8^9, 10
Crystal Castles, Bedouin Soundclash, etc. to perform at Summer Sonic 08
Chiba Marine Stadium Makuhari Messe
Maishima Summer Sonic Osaka Site

2008^8^9`12, 14`17
Kinder Film Festival Tokyo 2008
9`12F Aoyama Round Theatre, National Children's Castle, Tokyo
14`17FChofu-shi Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo

Book Reading for Children
gI Want a DoghFFrom Book to Film
Embassy of Canada E.H. Norman Library, Tokyo

Édouard Lock is a bold and multi-talented choreographer. Amjad, his newest work, takes its inspiration from Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, the most famous ballets of the Romantic era. In Lock's hands, these tales of love and transformation are sublimated into a never-ending dance in which the sharp brightness of pointe pierces and spins through the darkness. Lock's intention is to awaken the viewer's gmemoryh and arouse expansive imagination and emotions that transcend the story itself. Amjad means gfantastich or gamazingh in Moroccan Arabic, and anyone watching the resolute fluttering of the swans in Lock's world is certain to be amazed indeed.

Girl in the Goldfish Bowl - a play by Morris Panych iJj

Saturday, July 5 - Sunday, July 13
@@Haiyuza Theatre, Tokyo

When Iris, a girl in a little Canadian town by the sea, is about to turn 11, her mother decides she has had enough of her husband and leaves home. Iris suffers great distress that is made greater when her beloved pet goldfish, Amahl, dies at the same time. The next day, Iris finds a man soaking wet on the beach and brings him home, convinced that he is Amahl reincarnated and is able save her family.

Morris Panych, one of the best known playwrights and directors in Canadian theatre, uses this drama, winner of the 2004 Governor-General's Award, to take a biting but occasionally humorous look at the many contradictions of the adult world through the eyes of a child. This production by Haiyuza Theatre is the first in Japan.

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