Antitube at the Festival de la bande dessinée francophone. 

On Saturday April 14th and Sunday April 15th, 2012 at the Musée de la civilisation, the Festival de la bande dessinée francophone (Quebec’s francophone comic book festival: FBDFQ) offers a unique opportunity to discover full-length and short films on the big screen. The featured films have never or rarely been shown in Quebec. The event is presented in collaboration with Antitube.

Event program

April 14th, 2012 / 1:00pm
La révolution des crabes and other Metronomic films

La révolution des crabes and other Metronomic films

Arthur de Pins, France, 2003

Comic book author Arthur de Pins, who directed the award-winning animated short film “La révolution des crabes”, will be here in Quebec City to present a selection of animated short films from Metronomic productions. The author will be available to talk with the audience about this studio that makes the creation of imaginative and daring films possible.


In the company of Arthur de Pins

April 14th, 2012 / 2:30pm
Shogun Assassin

Shogun Assassin

Robert Houston, Japan - United States, 1980, 86 min. - OEV

Based on Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima’s cult manga Lone Wolf & Cub, Shogun Assassin takes us back to 18th century Japan, in the midst of the clan wars. Ogami Itto, a samurai who fears neither God nor man, takes to the road with his young son to avenge his clan, his wife and his honour with his sabre. This film adaptation is a one of a kind road movie and it was a huge influence on Quentin Tarantino for his Kill Bill trilogy.  

Suitable for people aged 16 and older


April 15th, 2012 / 12:00pm


Rintaro, Japan, 2002, 107 min. - OV with French subtitles

Communities of humans and robots live side by side in a big city of the future called Metropolis. The anti-robot faction is responsible for the chaos that reigns over Metropolis and that is seriously dividing the population. Detective Shunsaku Ban and his associate Ken-ichi are searching for rebel scientist Dr. Laughton in order to capture him and his new creation, a beautiful young woman called Tima. When he locates them, Shunsaku quickly realizes that a powerful man protects the eccentric scientist, one that is beyond their reach because of his fierce desire to win back a tragic figure of the past. Based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga, which was created in 1949, and which was inspired by a German silent film of the same name, Metropolis is backed by an outstanding creative team, including director Rintaro and Akira’s creator, Katsuhiro Otomo. 

Suitable for children aged 13 and older

April 15th, 2012 / 3:00pm
Tekkon Kinkreet

Tekkon Kinkreet

Michael Arias, Japan, 2006, 111 min. - OV with French subtitles

Two orphans named Black and White sow terror in the streets of Takara, the “treasure” city.  The boys take on bandit racketeers, yakuza and religious fanatics and they are known as “The Cats” because of their agility. Yet they are very different. Black seems hardened and full of rage while White looks like an innocent dreamer. Their world is turned upside down when a powerful yakuza decides to eliminate them in order to remodel the city in in his own fashion. But what the two brothers should fear most are their own inner demons that are threatening to crush their souls.  Inspired by Taiyö Matsumoto’s manga series, Tekkon kinkreeet is the first animated feature film to be directed by an American in Japan.

Suitable for children aged 13 and older

April 15th, 2012 / 7:30pm
Sword of Desperation

Sword of Desperation

Hideyuki Hirayama, Japan, 2010, 114 min. - OV with English subtitles

Sword of Desperation (Hisshiken torisashi) is an adaptation of a Shohei Fujisawa’s novel and it tells the story of an experienced samourai who murders his landlord’s favourite mistress in order to save his clan from corruption. Sentenced to life imprisonment, he is mysteriously liberated after a year and receives an unexpected offer: to become the landlord’s bodyguard. Sword of Desperation was shown in competition at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2010 and it received six nominations in 2011 at the Japanese Academy Awards.

Suitable for children aged 13 and older

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