Three to See Friday: Amanda Parer's giants, new PRG art and La Belle Époque

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Fantastic Planet giants: By now you’ve likely noticed Amanda Parer’s titans lurking around Churchill Square, enormous white human figures inspired by René Laloux’s terrifying and amazing 1973’s Czech/French sci-fi horror, Fantastic Planet, where a future humanity has been reduced to tiny, tortured pet status by a race of red-eyed blue aliens called Draag.

Terrific soundtrack by Alain Goraguer, incidentally. Raised under the banner of Downtown Spark by Explore Edmonton Corporation as a lure to get shoppers and eaters back into the downtown core, there’s also a big person laying down over at Abbey Glen Park on Jasper Avenue and at MacEwan University on 105 Street.

And if you hop over to CO*LAB (9641 102A Ave.) you’ll also find some huge chickadees on the roof to add to your “large inflatables” Pokédex. Happy hunting!

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Details: Through April 12 at Churchill Square, no charge.

New group show: Peter and Camille over at Peter Robertson Gallery note in a milestone-marking message, “During the past year our lives have all changed but what has remained is our passion and love of art and commitment to our artists. We love what we do and we cannot image doing anything else.”

Up now on the walls is a show featuring Gavin Lynch, Peter von Tiesenhausen, Gregory Hardy and others. I’ve said it before, but there’s almost no retail experience as pandemic safe as going to a wide-open commercial gallery like PRG and absorbing some art, especially as we wait for institutions like Art Gallery of Alberta to get the go-ahead to reopen.

Gregory Hardy’s Prairie Honey, 2019, acrylic on linen, is up at Peter Robertson Gallery.
Gregory Hardy’s Prairie Honey, 2019, acrylic on linen, is up at Peter Robertson Gallery. Photo by supplied

Details: 11 a.m – 4 p.m. at Peter Robertson Gallery (12323 104 Ave.), no charge.

La Belle Époque (2019): Metro Cinema’s virtual French Film Festival begins Friday with Nicolas Bedos’ high-concept romantic comedy which premiered out of competition at Cannes 2019.

Daniel Auteuil plays Victor, a man in his 60s whose long marriage to Marianne (Fanny Ardant) is on the rocks. When Victor meets Antoine (Guillaume Canet), the owner of a company which allows people to perform a version of “time travel” with staged historical reenactments, he revisits the moment when he first met Marianne, in hopes of rekindling their love.

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