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Portraits of Youth and Childhood

Antitube presents:

Four evening screenings at Musée de la civilisation

Wednesdays and Thursdays

January 20–21 and 27–28, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

The representation of children in film can be a way to look at childrearing and its ethical concerns—but children also often represent the antithesis of the ordered adult world. The world of children is a parallel world within our reach, a singular reality with its own logical modes and codes that help us see the world as it is in new ways, and lay bare the cruelty human beings are capable of. With storylines free of sugar-coating, these four films focus on youth and the marginal position occupied by young adults and children. They represent different periods of cinema history, testimony to the timelessness of a theme that has been fodder for both the poetic imagination and the urgent political commentary.

Event program

January 20, 7:30 p.m.
Los Olvidados

Los Olvidados

Luis Bunuel, Mexico, 1950, 80 min., Sp. with Fr. subtitles, 35 mm.

An unsparing portrait of poor, abandoned youth on the outskirts of Mexican society. One of the great works of Luis Bunuel, a contemporary of the Italian neo-realists.

January 21, 7:30 p.m.
Cruel Story of Youth

Cruel Story of Youth

Nagisa Oshima, Japan, 1960, 96 min., Japanese with Fr. subtitles, 35 mm.

A stunning look at Japanese youth moving into the 1960s. Oshima’s early work, which has yet to find the audience it deserves in North America, display the bold style that characterizes the Japanese New Wave. 

January 27, 7:30 p.m.
Le silence de Lorna

Le silence de Lorna

Dardenne brothers, Belgium/France/Italy/Germany, 2008, 105 min., 35 mm.

The latest from the Dardenne brothers had an all-too-short run in theaters. A masterful portrait of a young woman struggling with the material and emotional difficulties of her living conditions.

January 28 - 7:30 p.m.
C'est pas moi je le jure!

C'est pas moi je le jure!

Philippe Falardeau, Quebec, 2008, 105 min., 35mm.

This new work from Philippe Falardeau is a heartwarming portrait of 1960s Quebec. Falardeau’s masterful cinematography and direction of his actors earned him the Audience Award for the best full-length film for young audiences at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. The director will be in attendance.  

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