Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinema | Five activities not to be missed

In addition to its programming of 200 films, the 42e edition of the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma (RVQC), which begins Wednesday, offers movie buffs various activities for all tastes until March 2. Here are our suggestions.

From Montreal to Arrakeen, via Sainte-Foy and Buckingham Palace


Patrice Vermette, collaborator of Denis Villeneuve and architect for the decoration of Dune

The name Patrice Vermette may not be familiar to you. However, if you are familiar with the cinema of Jean-Marc Vallée (CRAZY, Café de Flore, Victoria: The Young Years of a Queen), by Ricardo Trogi (nineteen eighty one, 1987) and Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, The arrival), you have undoubtedly been able to admire the work of this extraordinary artistic director, who is offering a cinema lesson on Thursday. Among his most recent exploits, let us recall that this shadow craftsman, as perfectionist as he is passionate, was also an architect for the decoration of Dune And Dune: part two.

Cinema lesson: Patrice Vermette, Thursday, February 22, 5:30 p.m., Cinémathèque québécoise, Hydro-Québec room

Tiny planet


Mélanie Maynard, Guy Jodoin, Claude Legault, Sylvie Moreau and Stéphane Crête, stars of In a galaxy near you 2by Philippe Gagnon, based on a screenplay by Claude Legault and Pierre-Yves Bernard

Comedian Jérémie Larouche invites fans of the cult series In a galaxy near you to dress up like the crew of the Romano Fafard in order to attend a memorable evening where they can test their knowledge and, like Bob (Didier Lucien), enjoy pogos. The musical component will be provided by Les costauds, a group specializing in covers of songs from films, series and commercials, and singer Andy St-Louis, renowned for her humorous videos. “As the great Julius Caesar said: it’s fun, there are no babies,” says Captain Charles Patenaude (Guy Jodoin).

At a meeting near you, Friday, February 23, 9:30 p.m., Cinémathèque québécoise, Buvette Crave

Future screenwriters, grab your pencils!


The actor and screenwriter Simon Boulerice in the middle of rehearsing a scene from Six Degreesby Hervé Baillargeon and Thomas Soto

Films and series don’t write themselves. In order to allow aspiring screenwriters to discover the secrets of the profession, film critic Daniel Racine orchestrates a meeting with authors Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard (Wildlife Handbook And High demolitionby Christian Laurence) and Simon Boulerice (Six degreesby Hervé Baillargeon and Thomas Soto; Petby Marie-Claude Blouin and Félix Tétreault), script-editor Odrée Rousseau (The wondersby Patrick St-Martin; Top Dogsby Pierre-Luc Miville), as well as the director-screenwriter Jean-François Asselin (Francis in series, We are the others, Plan B).

Secrets of screenwriters, Saturday February 24, 2 p.m., Cinémathèque québécoise, Buvette Crave

In the shadows of men


The late filmmaker Agnès Varda during a retrospective dedicated to her at the Cinémathèque québécoise in 2005

Filmmaker and former president of Realistic Directors, Isabelle Hayeur (The golem of Montreal, Prisons without barswritten and produced with Nicole Giguère) talks with Martin Bilodeau, editor-in-chief of the Médiafilm press agency, Odile Tremblay, former cultural journalist at Duty, and Alice Michaud-Lapointe, novelist and lecturer in the film studies department of the University of Montreal, to discuss the recognition of the contribution of women to cinema, from yesterday to today, in comparison with that of men. Double standards, you say?

Why always Godard, never Varda?, Saturday February 24, 6 p.m., Cinémathèque québécoise, Buvette Crave

Requiem for a beloved actor


Michel Côté in 2017 during the release of From father to cop 2by Émile Gaudreault, written with Éric K. Boulianne and Sébastien Ravary

In 2023 the great Michel Côté left us. To honor his memory and his career, the RVQC invites film buffs to an evening divided into two parts. At 7 p.m., Julien Bernatchez and Guy A. St-Cyr, podcast hosts Operation cinema butterreceive Maxime Le Flaguais, son of Michel Côté, and Louis-José Houde, his son in From father to cop, by Émile Gaudreault. At 8:30 p.m., Marie-Thérèse Fortin, Roger Léger, Julianne Côté and Émile Schneider read significant scenes from the actor’s filmography in a production by Maxime Le Flaguais.

Evening tribute to Michel Côté, Tuesday, February 27, 7 p.m., Cinémathèque québécoise, Buvette Crave

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