LIV ULLMANN at the Montreal World Film Festival 2012.

August 31, 2012

By Bernard Bujold ( – The internationally acclaimed actress, Liv Ullmann, visited the Montreal World Film Festival, 2012 edition, on Wednesday August 29. The Norwegian actress was there to present her autobiographical film Liv & Ingmar, a film directed by Dheeraj Akolkar and produced by Rune H. Trondsen. 
The film is a documentary about the story of true love between Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann. Several spectators who watched the film say they see themselves in the story which reaction is proof that the director has managed to recreate in his film the true feeling of love that can exist between two person like it was the case between it and Ingmar. 
Moreover, Serge Losique, President of the World Film Festival paid tribute Wednesday evening to Mel Hoppenheim, the founder of Mel’s Cité du cinéma and also one of the builders of the film industry in Montreal.
Photo 1, 2 and 3: Liv Ullmann at the press conference ;
Photo 4: Mel Hopppenheim;
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Alexandre Trudeau featured at the Montreal World Film Festival 2012

August 29, 2012

By Bernard Bujold ( –
Alexandre Trudeau, filmmaker and son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau, is one of the stars at the World Film Festival of Montreal, 2012 edition. The new documentary film called : THE NEW GREAT GAME explains the politics around Arab oil transportation via the Indian Ocean and the problem of Somali pirates. The film highlights the role of the United States and the competition with China for oil. The documentary will be shown on CBC / Radio-Canada in the fall. Alexandre Trudeau is the author of a dozen documentary films in his career. Several personalities were present at the first WFF with Phyllis Lambert and Justin Trudeau, the brother of Alexander.
Photo 1.2: Alexandre Trudeau;
Photo 3: World Film Festival;
Photo 4: Movie poster Alexandre Trudeau ;
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Quebec Elections 2012 – Jean Charest majority at 70 seats…

August 27, 2012

By Bernard Bujold ( – According to the survey Léger and Léger released this Saturday, August 25, the next government will be a minority PQ with 33% of the vote against 28% for the CAQ and 27% for the Liberals. 
According to Jean Charest, the survey is totally wrong… 
One thing is certain: voters will not vote for a leader but by elimination, choosing those they do not want to see elected Prime Minister and then voting for the last remaining. 
Pauline Marois is in trouble, a week from the vote on September 4, while the stars likes Jacques Parizeau say they will not vote for Marois. 
François Legault began seriously to scare labor and he is losing support from civil servants and public sector employees. 
The winner becomes Jean Charest, by self-elimination of the other contenders by themselves. 
According to some informants, the Liberals hope to take advantage of the rejection of their opponents and their own county by county survey would state the possibility of a majority government with 70 seats. This figure would leave 55 seats to be shared among the opponents… Stay tuned! 
Photo 1: Jean Charest, Pauline Marois and François Legault;
Photo 2: Jean Charest;
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Beach in the Old Port of Montreal is not a success in 2012…

August 27, 2012

By Bernard Bujold ( – The beach project on the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal was to be the gathering place for all families from Montreal and urban workers would gather on the beach to enjoy the sun and the cityscape view from the artificial beach. 
The resounding success has not been the reality in 2012 and each day only a few dozen people enjoy the facilities. 
 It should be noted that a $6 per person admission fee could be what slowed the popularity of the place as everything around it is available for free from trees, picnic tables, benches and even public pools where it is possible to soak your feet or play with pedal boats. During the inauguration of the beach last June, the director of the Old Port, Mrs. Claude Benoit, said that during the day, the beach would accommodate 1,200 people, and 600 people for the evening fireworks and special events. The development cost of the beach was valued at $3 million. An expense which will definitely not be pay for itself in 2012… 
Interviewed on the subject, staff responsible for beach confessed that there were no large crowds to date but they hope for better next year! 
Photo 1 and 2: Beach Old Port of Montreal;
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August 24, 2012

The 36th World Film Festival of Montreal begins this Thursday, August 23 with 432 films from 82 countries on the program which 110 are world premieres. THE WFF 2012 will take place from August 23 until September 3. The interview with the founder Serge Losique in La Presse on Saturday summed up very well this film festival.
Photo 1: Serge Losique;
Photo 2: Festival poster 2012;
See story La Presse ; 
See interview Serge Losique ; 
See website FFM 2012 ;

Student protest of August 22, 2012

August 24, 2012

By Bernard Bujold ( – The movement of the student protests on the 22 each month has faithfully met on 22 August 2012 in the streets of Montreal. If the crowd did not reach the 200,000 demonstrators like on March 22, there was still a gathering estimated at between 12,000 and 100,000 people depending on who made the account … and involving all age groups, young and old! A conclusion: the protesters are energetic and above all they want to enjoy the Quebec provincial election on 4 September to confirm their appreciation of former Liberal government.The slogan: VOTE ON SEPTEMBER 4, 2012. 
Photos 1,2 and 3: Demonstration of 22 August;
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Quebec Election 2012 – Leaders Debate – Pauline Marois against François Legault

August 24, 2012

By Bernard Bujold ( – It was a tie between Pauline Marois and François Legault during the last leaders debate but both have shown to have the makings of a prime minister. The two leaders expressed their program well during the debate but never once mentioning Jean Charest … 
It is obvious that two political philosophies clash: the left Marois and a referendum on sovereignty and the right of Legault with a tightening economic and profitability of the state. 
The media poll next Saturday (Léger et Leger) will give a final assessment of the campaign before the vote on September 4. The key figures to reach for one of the political parties are at least 34% of votes and 63 seats, otherwise it will be a minority government. Stay tuned!
Photo 1 and 2: Pauline Marois and François Legault;
See story La Presse ;