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A Panorama of Contemporary Cinema 2

 Eight evenings of cinema with guaranteed discoveries!

Every Wednesday from October 10th to November 28th 2012, A Panorama of Contemporaray Cinema 2 will be presenting a diverse programme of films that focuses on the work of contemporary filmmakers of all genres. From documentary to fiction to experimental, the presented works will provide a look at the state of affairs of film production and arthouse films throughout the last decade. The selected films have, for the most part, never been shown in Quebec and they have been selected for their capacity to help viewers understand the world in which we live, for it is a world that is characterized by the proliferation of images. Filmmakers work on dismantling these images and in doing so; they attribute new meaning to them based on their visions and sometimes even their desires. “This programme focuses on the various aspects of cinema that illustrate the relationship between new technical and narrative approaches and that result in the creation of a subjective style of filmmaking that takes the filmmaker’s politics into consideration”, states programmist Guillaume Lafleur. “So we will travel between first person films and films that question identity, which is a preoccupation that influences the world vision of contemporary filmmakers”. Note that A Panorama of Contemporary Cinema 2 will have four major themes: Intimate Territories, Identities, New Approaches and Lasting Trends.

We’ll see you on Wednesdays at 7:30pm at the Musée de la Civilisation (85, rue Dalhousie, Quebec City)

Event program

Program 1 . 2013 October 10th, 2012 / 7:30pm
Nuvem

Nuvem

Basil da Cunha film, Switzerland, 35mm, 2011, 30 min

A young man named Nuage, who loves wandering and daydreaming as opposed to working, prefers the company of dogs and clowns. Faced with the indifference of his surroundings, he lets himself be guided by his need for freedom as he seeks out the sunfish. Selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. 

LOW COST (CLAUDE JUTRA)

LOW COST (CLAUDE JUTRA)

Lionel Baier film, Switzerland, Digibeta, 2010, 57 min

This is a film from one of Switzerland’s “new-new” wave’s key filmmakers and it was created with nothing but a cell phone. It is also a deeply moving tribute to Claude Jutra, a pioneer of independent filmmaking. Can images give one greater self-presence? Is it possible for these images to become witnesses of the passing of time and of life’s movement? This is a vast subject and a superb film. 

WHERE THE BOYS ARE

WHERE THE BOYS ARE

Bertrand Bonello film, France, 35mm, 2010, 22 min

A film that exists between two worlds that never meet. Bertrand Bonello appropriates the bipolar language of today’s world, where we constantly communicate through the intermediaries of the text messages and telephone screens that bring unbearable impatience to the film’s young protagonists. They live in a building across the street from a mosque that is under construction and that is being squatted by industrious workers.

Programme 02 . 2013 October 17th, 2012 / 7:30pm
MA FAMILLE EN 17 BOBINES

MA FAMILLE EN 17 BOBINES

Claudie Lévesque , Quebec, Digibeta, 2011, 27 min

A first person film in which the filmmaker takes a new look at her mostly Super 8 home movies. The storyline is simple: the filmmaker comments on the images that are buried deep in the characters memories, but a whole new world of intimate symbolism emerges. Claudie Lévesque succeeds in using these home movies as reworkable material. She gives them new meaning and links them to the memories that emerge from them. 

Programme 02. 2013 October 17th, 2012 / 7:30pm
IRÈNE

IRÈNE

Since La rencontre, filmmaker Alain Cavalier has learned to adapt to small cameras in order to make films of an unusual strength. Using techniques that were developed in the Super 8 films of lesser-known filmmakers like Joseph Morder, Cavalier looks at the simplest elements of his surroundings, expressing a unique world that conceals strange and unpredictable treasures. Irene is presented as a troubled self-portrait and in it, he tells the moving story of a past romance, using a whispered, first person narrative that accentuates deeply meaningful details and objects.

Programme 03 . 2013 October 24th, 2012 / 7:30pm
PARICUTIN

PARICUTIN

Dionisio Pulido is a Mexican farmer from the Michoacan region and in February 1943, a crack appears in his cornfield. Violent explosions and lava emerge from the crack, followed by ashes and hot rocks. The most recent Mexican volcano is born. This experimental film tells the story of its birth using animation techniques mixed with archival images. 

Programme 03. 2013 October 24th, 2012 / 7:30pm
AMERICANO

AMERICANO

A Carlos Ferrand film, Quebec, Digibeta, 2008, 110 min

This film’s starting point is a risky journey to Machu Picchu that director Carlos Ferrand took in his youth. He looks back on the trip, blending the story of his journey with a larger narrative that seeks to use the documentary form to define the notion of Americanity as it relates to both territory and identity. The result is a sort of voluntary wandering. Shown in the company of the director. 

Programme 04 . 2013 October 31st, 2012 / 7:30pm
À L'OMBRE

À L'OMBRE

A Simon Lavoie film, Quebec, 35mm, 2007, 19 min

A mother who has recently been imprisoned refuses to break the fragile bind that ties her to her son. 

CODE 13

CODE 13

A Mathieu Denis film, Quebec, 35mm, 2007, 15 min

Joseph criss-crosses downtown Montreal alone in his taxi. One night, he hits a young cyclist who is on his way home from a party, and an altercation ensues. Joseph panics and reports a Code 13—a call for help that is transmitted by radio to his colleagues. When a dozen taxi drivers arrive on the scene to help him, Joseph is confronted with the seriousness of his act. 

Programme 04 .,2013 October 31st, 2012 / 7:30pm
LAURENTIE

LAURENTIE

A Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie film, Quebec, Digibeta, 2011, 120 min

Laurentie is a courageous and demanding film that looks at the decline of the contemporary Quebecois identity. It is devastatingly ambiguous and pushes the limits of the notion of perspective. Using long sequence shots, it looks at the rapid decline of a solitary, isolated young man living in the heart of the metropolis. The film makes a strong visual statement and Emmanuel Schwartz gives an intense performance, one of the best in recent memory. Selected for the 2011 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Shown in the company of the directors. 

Programme 05 . 2013 November 7th, 2012 / 7:30pm
JAPON

JAPON

A Carlos Reygadas film, Mexico, 35mm, 2002, 130 min, Spanish with French subtitles

The third segment of Panorama features filmmakers who have come onto the scene during the last decade and who have put forth cinematic approaches that break down production barriers. Carlos Reygadas is a shining example of this. The themes that are explored in his films are in line with those of the great contemplative filmmakers: mystical concerns, the search for self and experiencing limits. Japan was a great success when it came out and the film’s force could already be foretold by its plot: we follow the erratic path of an urban man who has seen it all and who is trying to end his days by hiding out in remote locations. Meanwhile, he becomes illuminated. The film received a special mention at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival’s Camera d’or awards.

PHÉNOMÈNES ALÉATOIRES; VERSION 3.0; PARTICULES T

PHÉNOMÈNES ALÉATOIRES; VERSION 3.0; PARTICULES T

Three short films by Patrick Pelletier. Total length: 15 min, Quebec, Blu-Ray

These three short films show the work of a Quebec City-based videographer who is passionate about electronic music. For the past few years, he has worked on transposing the aesthetic of ambient music to moving images. Although these exploratory films have been shown at several international festivals, they remain little known here and we would like to give them a greater audience. Shown in the company of the director. 

Programme 06 .2013 November 14th, 2012 / 7:30pm
BEGINNING AND ENDING A

BEGINNING AND ENDING A

A Barbara Sternberg film, Canada, 16mm, 2007, 6 min, silent

In this short film by the Canadian experimental filmmaking pioneer, images flicker chaotically, in a manner inspired by Georges Bataille’s “L’Anus solaire”. In it, the act of mating becomes an absurd and senseless act without a beginning or an end.   

HAHAHA

HAHAHA

A Hong Sang Soo film, South Korea, 35mm, 2010, 115 min, Korean with French subtitles

South Korean Hong Sang Soo’s work is among contemporary cinema’s strongest. His refinement and attention to detail is so well integrated into his film’s constantly reinvented stories that it can sometimes go unnoticed. He has made ten films in the past decade. HaHaHa is one of his latest and it was not released in North America. The film discreetly makes reference to Eric Rohmer’s cinematic universe but in a South Korean setting. It describes the misunderstandings of two men who are drinking in a bar and telling each other about their relationship with an elusive woman as they try to define her personality. Winner of the Un certain regard prize for best film at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Programme 07 - November 21st 2012 / 7:30pm
CINEMA AND VISUAL PLEASURE

CINEMA AND VISUAL PLEASURE

This film loops an extract of an old 8mm burlesque film of a belly dancer. It uses nitrate emulsion and scratches on the film to create visual effects. 

LA DANSE, LE BALLET DE L'OPÉRA DE PARIS

LA DANSE, LE BALLET DE L'OPÉRA DE PARIS

A Frederick Wiseman film, United States-France, Digibeta, 2009, 158 min

This final segment of Panorama aims to promote filmmakers who have transcended eras and created films that look at the world in ways that are both unique and instantly identifiable. Frederick Wiseman is one of the great living documentarists and he has been an inspiration for generations of film lovers and directors, including Stanley Kubrick. Although he is now over eighty, he continues to create at a steady pace. His films are in continuity with “cinéma vérité”, and he is one of the inventors of the genre. Institutions and the representation of work have fascinated him since his beginnings. Wiseman gains access to the Opéra de Paris’ backstage, shows the audience how it functions and follows the dancers step by step with extreme precision. It is a transparent film that acts as a veritable plea in favour of documentary filmmaking. 

Programme 08 %u2013 November 28th / 7:30pm
SELF-PORTRAIT POST-MORTEM

SELF-PORTRAIT POST-MORTEM

A Louise Bourque film, Canada, 35 mm, 2002, 3 min

Louise Bourque uncovers images from her first films that she had voluntarily buried in the backyard of her family’s home and reworks them in order to create this short film. 

LE CHEVAL DE TURIN

LE CHEVAL DE TURIN

A Bela Tarr film, Hungary, DVD, 2011, 150 min, Hungarian with French subtitles

Antitube has waited a long time to have a film by the legendary Bélà Tarr in its regular programme—and here it is! Le Cheval de Turin has been called the filmmaker’s final work and in fact, his production company recently ceased its activities. In other words, one of international cinema’s most intense and demanding bodies of work of recent decades reaches its culminating point in this film. It tells the incredible life story of a horse who embraces the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in Turin, just before the man went insane. It is a claustrophobic, desperate and visually stunning film that unveils the everyday lives of the father and daughter who own the Turin horse. Each day, they try to lead him out of his stable despite a relentless storm. Winner of the Silver Bear prize at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. 

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