The Cinema of Departures

Leaving, Coming Back

Antitube wants you to

leave it all behind

and set off for parts unknown!

Antitube offers a quartet of feature films and a handful of shorts on movement and wandering. Ameur-Zaïmeche and Dumont grapple with the geopolitical dimension of displacement, while in works by Bourdieu, Honoré, and Nagler these desires play out in the theater of our inner lives.

Contemporary film is often on the move, showing the travels of characters in search of themselves or straying onto paths that lead them away from the mainstream.

The greatest of journeys can be taken without upsetting internal balance, just as the tiniest of displacements can turn our lives upside down.


Event program

February 3, 2011/ 7:30 p.m.


Nicolas Brault, Québec, 2008, 9 min., 35 mm

A paean to the vitality of African music.

Best Animation Short, 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival.



Bruno Dumont, France, 2006, 1 hr. 30 min., 35 mm. With Samuel Boidin, Adélaïde Leroux, and Henri Cretel

A strong work by one of the most original filmmakers of our era, Flandres interweaves two distinct plots. As is often the case in Dumont’s work, one focuses on the people of northern France, played by amateur actors recruited by the director; the other takes us to a faraway country at war—are we in the Middle East?—where some of these characters are involved in fighting. One of the most affecting representations of war since Kubrick.

Grand Prize of the Jury, 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

February 4, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
El Motemei

El Motemei

Émilie Baillargeon, Quebec, 2010, 10 min., Betacam.

A ribald, vivid portrait of a corn seller in Valparaiso, Chile.

Coproduced with Kinomada at the Universal Forum of Cultures in Valparaiso in 2010.

Ameur-Zaïmeche has a distinctive vision and Bled Number One is a real find. The director also plays the main character: a man deported from France who returns to his native village in Algeria. There he finds life neatly divided—he fits in with the men but is separated from the difficulties and small joys of the women.

Prix de la jeunesse, Un certain regard, Cannes, 2006.  

January 19, 2011, 7:30 pm
Fugue Nefesh

Fugue Nefesh

Sol Nagler, Canada, 2007, 29 min., 35 mm

Wandering timelessly through a desolate Winnipeg neigborhood.

Dans Paris

Dans Paris

Christophe Honoré, France, 2006, 1 hr. 36 min, 35 mm. With Romain Duris, Louis Garrel, Guy Marchand

Dans Paris is a turning point for Honoré, a film that tries to swagger but can’t hide the sensitivity in its depiction of the emotional wounds of a young man who turns his back on his relationship and life in Provence to return to his native Paris to live with his father. His younger brother, who also lives with the father, helps the protagonist hold it together. Dans Paris contains flashes of poetry and comedy and is heavily influenced by 1960s French directors like Truffaut and Goddard.

January 20, 2011, 7:30 pm
Untitled-3 (Stone killer)

Untitled-3 (Stone killer)

Sol Nagler, Canada, 2006, 5 min., Betacam SP.

A journey. A body becomes one with the landscape. A thoughtful work on identity and self-effacement.

Les amitiés maléfiques

Les amitiés maléfiques

Emmanuel Bourdieu, France, 2006, 1 hr. 40 min., 35 mm. With Malik Zidi, Natacha Régnier, and Jacques Bonnaffé.

Bourdieu, one of Arnaud Desplechin’s go-to screenwriters, here directs a remarkable work that begins by painting a tragi-comic portrait of friendship poisoned by competition and jealousy, set in a French university. The movie’s true subject is handled with great delicacy: social violence, power relationships, and hierarchies. We follow the path of a man on the run as he attempts to leave his established routine behind and start over elsewhere—or simply disappear.

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