September 13 to December 6, 2011

Panorama of Current Cinema

Antitube brings you a program of films offering a fresh perspective on contemporary cinema. Works from Asia, Europe, and North and South America provide a glimpse of the reigning sensibilities and unique perspectives of today’s filmmakers.

The aim and theme of the Panorama of Current Cinema is to discover the main common threads in new films being made around the world today. In terms of distribution, means of production, and geography, truly creative filmmaking has never been more decentralized. As Quebec cinema is no exception, Antitube programming presents Quebec films in dialogue with international work.

A lovingly curated collection of hard-to-find films, many shown for the first time in Quebec.

*Showings on Tuesdays

Event program

Program 2 // September 20. 2011-19h30


Jia Zhang Ke, China, 2001, 155 min., Fr. subtitles, 35 mm.

Platform is a sinister landmark of contemporary film: the story of Chinese youth set in the pre-Tiananmen 1980s. The film zeroes in on the tiniest details of the lives of the young members of a theater troupe dedicated to glorifying Chairman Mao until the state abruptly cuts off its support in the mid-1980s. A patient film by an extraordinarily talented director with a sharp, unflinching eye, most of whose films are unavailable in his own country.

Ranked in the Top 10 films of the 2000s by Cinema Scope.

Program 3 // October 11 2011-19h30
Change Over

Change Over

John Blouin and Nicolas Bilodeau, Quebec, 2010, 6 min., DigiBeta.

This surprising film pays homage to the art of the projectionist while playing on the illusory nature of the medium itself. The resulting distance raises the paradox of spectators, who are sometimes observed by the movie theater, and brought back to their own lives by the images unfolding before them.

John Blouin will be in attendance.

Program 4 // October 18 .2011-19h30
Tropical Malady

Tropical Malady

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2004, 120 min., Fr. subtitles, 35 mm.

Making waves when it exploded onto the tightly controlled cinéma d’auteur scene of the 2000s, the work of Weerasethakul (commonly known as “Joe”) takes cinema places it has never gone before. Artful mise-en-scène and a predilection for poetic fantasy—a genre that didn’t really exist before Tropical Malady—open new avenues bringing the Thai jungle to the screen and exploring a culture where life and death, real and imaginary, and fear and sexuality blur into one.

Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival, 2004.

Critics’ Prize, Sao Paolo Film Festival, 2004.

Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis

Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis

Daïchi Saïto, Quebec, 2009, 10 min., 35 mm

A one-of-a-kind, quasi-pictorial film set to Malcolm Goldstein’s virtuoso violin performance. Images of nature are pushed almost to the point of abstraction, giving form to the rhythm of bow strokes on violin strings.

Program 5 // November 1th 2011-19h30


Albert Serra, Spain, 2008, 90 min., Fr. subtitles, B&W, 35 mm.

Albert Serra, an adventurous and poetic Catalan filmmaker, loves putting new spins on the founding myths of western culture. After tackling Don Quixote with Honor de Cavalleria (2004), Serra here turns his attention to the half-lyrical, half-absurd story of the three wise men on a journey in search of a divine newborn infant. A deadpan but deeply affecting film for viewers receptive to the evocative power of video-art style shots and the extreme daring of a filmmaker unafraid to burrow deep into the murky substrata of our culture—the mix of the animal and the religious in which our modern world takes root.

Official Selection, Director’s Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival, 2008.


Presented with Regart artist-run center.

La Libertad

La Libertad

Lisandro Alonso, Argentina, 2001, 73 min., Fr. subtitles, 35 mm.

Like his contemporaries Serra and “Joe,” the Argentine Alonso likes nothing better than to leave the city behind and set out for the uncharted hinterland—in this case the Pampas, for a look at a day in the life of a young logger. This film finds poetry not in a lyrical, absurdist, or fantastic vein, but rather in attention to small details and everyday actions in a larger-than-life  setting. The film places Lisandro Alonso, still in his thirties, squarely in the lineage of filmmakers who understand how to spin fiction out of the golden threads of documentary

Program 6 // November 8th 2011-19h30
Le rouge au sol

Le rouge au sol

Maxime Giroux, Quebec, 2005, 16 min., 35 mm.

The film tells the story of a man freewheeling through life, playing it by ear while trying to keep his demons at bay. Hitting rock bottom during a trip to Ikea with his mother, he finds it in himself to drop his mask and open up.

Best Emerging Canadian Filmmaker, Toronto International Film Festival, 2005.

Jo pour Jonathan

Jo pour Jonathan

Maxime Giroux, Quebec, 2010, 80 min., 35 mm

The story of two brothers setting down a rocky road together. One is determined to settle the other’s debt by the same means used to accrue it—racing, betting, and taking uncalculated risks. A story of brotherhood and difficult, fractured relationships, filmed with a driving rhythm.

Prix Gilles Carle, Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois.

Official entry, Locarno Film Festival.

Maxime Giroux will be in attendance.

Program 7 // November 22th 2011-18h30
Ce coeur qui bat

Ce coeur qui bat

Philippe Lesage, Quebec, 2010, 82 min., DigiBeta.

Ce cœur qui bat opens a double feature dedicated to Philippe Lesage, who took home two major awards at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). The film scrutinizes the pain and suffering of hospital patients waiting to have their hearts examined. Lesage’s treatment of this sensitive subject, buttressed by a memorable soundtrack, yields a masterpiece that draws us a little bit closer to the mysterious forces that animate and shake up human life, body and soul.

Cinémathèque québécoise, Best Québec/Canada work (RIDM 2010).

Best New Talent from Quebec/Canada (RIDM 2010).

Philippe Lesage will be in attendance.

Pourrons-nous vivre ensemble ?

Pourrons-nous vivre ensemble ?

Program 8 // December 6th 2011-19h30
Le rocher

Le rocher

Étienne de Massy, Quebec/Canada, 2010, 10 min., DigiBeta.

A film that teases out the correspondences between North American and European landscapes, with Percé rock as both start point and central leitmotif. Creative visuals, a contemplative bent, and plenty of room for a plethora of literary and cultural references to and inspired by the same landscapes the film shows.

Nominated for the CALQ award, Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois 2011.

Le Quattro Volte

Le Quattro Volte

Michelangelo Frammartino, Italy/Germany/Switzerland, 2010, 90 min., silent, 35 mm

A marvelous portrait of rural life in Calabria, Le Quattro Volte straddles documentary and fiction, unfolding to the rhythm of the people and animals in the village where Frammartino set up his tripod. The filmmaker’s infinite patience yields a pearl of great price—an honest look at a quasi-medieval world we thought forgotten and lost forever, a world in which every goat’s hoofstep reverberates with the echoes of a legendary past. At once funny and enlightening.

Official Selection, Directors’ Fortnight, 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Program1 // September 13. 2011-19h30
Off route 2

Off route 2

Amanda Dawn Christie, Canada, 2011, 10 min., 35 mm.

A contemplation of the passage of time centered on a fatal accident set against a wintry landscape. Amanda Dawn Christie, a young Moncton-based filmmaker, observes the scene with a detachment at once unsettling and playful.

Essential Killing

Essential Killing

Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland/Norway/Ireland/Hungary, 2010, 83 min., English, 35 mm.

Skolimowski, an underrated European master who came up in the 1960s as Roman Polanski’s screenwriter, is back on top of his game. The film draws on Poland’s role in imprisoning certain Al-Qaida terrorists to paint a portrait of a hunted man on the run through an ominous landscape in snow-covered northern Poland. Charismatic lead Vincent Gallo delivers a magnificent performance in this highly physical tale.

Best Film and Best Actor, Venice International Film Festival.

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