4 Wonderfully Wacky Films

Carte blanche for Claudie Gagnon

Antitube presents Carte blanche à Claudie Gagnon A selection of wonderfully wacky, inspiring films shown as part of Carrefour international de théâtre de Quebec. Claudie Gagnon, one of the most creative, original performance artists in Quebec today, shares a program of the films that inspired both her recent and earlier work. A bold selection of works rarely if ever before seen in Quebec focusing on films that are in dialogue with theater. 

May 26 and 30, 2010, at Musée de la civilisation, 7:30 p.m.

Event program

May 26, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Odilon Redon .

Odilon Redon .

Guy Maddin, Canada, 1995, 4 min., Beta SP.

A father and son drive a powerful locomotive. When they save a woman from a train accident they become rivals vying for this beauty’s heart. Winnipeg-native Maddin uses this melodramatic plot to frame tableaux inspired by painter Odilon Redon (1840–1916).

The Illusionist

The Illusionist

Jos Stelling, Netherlands, 1983, 90 min., 35 mm.

The Illusionist is like a dream: a discussion of illusions, the imaginary, and the touching, naïve vision of a big kid who can’t understand life as a grown-up. The protagonist, who lives in an old windmill, wanders the flatlands in search of a pair of musicians, putting himself in fantastically awkward, laugh-out-loud situations that recall Fellini and Tati’s oddball sense of humor.

May 30, 2010, 7:30 p.m
Sombra Dolorosa

Sombra Dolorosa

Guy Maddin, Canada, 2004, 4 min., DigiBeta.

During a surrealist wrestling match, a grieving widow fights off the Angel of Death to save her loved one.

You the living

You the living

Roy Andersson, Sweden, 2007, 94 min., 35 mm

Mordant filmmaker Roy Andersson’s vitriolic portrait of contemporary society. Building on the work begun with Songs from the Second Floor, Andersson takes us into a carnivalesque world populated by disillusioned characters, caught unflinchingly by an unmoving camera. Scenes in various shades of grey unfold with a cast of characters with heavily made-up faces that range from a psychiatrist pushed to the edge by his patients to a protagonist who dreams of owning a motorcycle to leave everyday life behind.

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