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2019 Schedule

14 - 24 Nov. 2019

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14:00 Hotspot
Patricia Bergeron | 2019 | French

Hotspot is a new-style experience, blending virtual reality and participatory documentary theatre to create an uncanny representation of the realities of migrant processing centres.

See full details
16:00 Exodus
Bahman Kiarostami | 2019 | Farsi | S.T English

Afghan workers are leaving Iran due to the recession. The filmmaker captures the sometimes-surreal interviews they are subjected to in processing centres.

See full details
14:00 Andrey Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer
Andrey A. Tarkovsky | 2019 | Russian | S.T English

Directed by Tarkovsky’s son and narrated by the great filmmaker’s voice and writings, this personal essay is an utterly unique look at the life and work of a cinema legend.

See full details
17:45 Ainsi soient-elles *
Maxime Faure | 2019 | French | S.T English

The order of the Soeurs Auxiliatrices du Québec reveals a different side of the Catholic Church: feminist nuns, fighting patriarchy and social injustice.

See full details
20:00 This Is Not a Movie *
Yung Chang | 2019 | English, Arabic | S.T English

For nearly 40 years, Robert Fisk has been one of the most important and meticulous reporters of Middle East turmoil. A lesson in history and journalism.

See full details
18:00 Pas d'or pour Kalsaka *
Michel K. Zongo | 2019 | Mooré, French | S.T French

The harrowing story of the disaster linked to a gold mine in Burkina Faso, and more generally the human and environmental impact of the exploitation of African resources.

See full details
20:45 A Haunted Past *
Fatma Riahi | 2018 | Arabic | S.T English

This portrait of a former jihadi and his three daughters, mysteriously abandoned by their mother, unearths the secrets of lives shattered by state violence.

See full details
13:00 Workhorse *
Cliff Caines | 2019 | English | S.T French

Three portraits, three relationships with horses: a lumberjack, a farmer and a horse-pulling competitor. A reflection on work, shot in beautiful black and white.

See full details
15:00 ( ( ( ( ( /*\ ) ) ) ) ) (1) * Kasiterit (2) * The Lake and The Lake (3) *
(1) Charles Fairbanks, Saul Kak | 2019 | Spanish, zoque | S.T English

An ethnographic journey, featuring rich soundscapes, to an enchanting Chiapas village, home to an Indigenous community forced to relocate by a volcanic eruption.

See full details
(2) Riar Rizaldi | 2019 | Indonesian | S.T English

An artificial intelligence muses on its own existence. The tin it is made of is mined on an Indonesian island trapped between the virtual and the real. A brilliant, chilling essay.

See full details
(3) Sindhu Thirumalaisamy | 2019 | Hindi, tamil, English | S.T English

Bangalore’s biggest urban lake is covered in toxic foam. And yet, life goes on. A captivating, meditative essay on humans’ place in the environment.

See full details
17:45 King Lajoie (1) * Port d'attache (2) * El Toro (3) *
(1) Joannie Lafrenière | 2019 | French | S.T English

A kitschy, affectionate portrait of Elvis Lavoie, an Elvis impersonator and local celebrity in Trois-Rivières.

See full details
(2) Laurence Lévesque | 2019 | French | S.T English

Finely observed and composed, Port d’attache follows Samuel, a young man from Gaspésie, as he strives to become the captain of his own fishing boat.

See full details
(3) Danielle Sturk | 2018 | English | S.T English

Memories of a family diner in late-60s Manitoba come to life in a film combining stop-motion animation, testimonials and archival footage with remarkable inventiveness.

See full details
20:30 While We Are Here *
Clarissa Campolina, Luiz Pretti | 2019 | Portuguese, English, French, Arabic | S.T English

With elements of travelogues and epistolary novels, this love story about a Lebanese woman and a Brazilian man in New York seeks out a bit of intimacy in the age of globalization.

See full details
15:00 Wilcox *
Denis Côté | 2019 | - Without dialogue | S.T English

A documentary-style fictional film, Wilcox is a minimalist adventure haunted by reality. A non-judgmental look at people who decide to remove themselves from society, without ever saying why.

See full details
17:00 Land Mine *
Tirtza Even | 2019 | Hebrew, English | S.T French

Testimonials from the residents of a building in West Jerusalem, and some visual experiments, form a portrait of a society victimized by its own acts of aggression.

See full details
19:00 Chèche Lavi *
Sam Ellison | 2019 | Haitian creole, Spanish | S.T English

A portrait of two young Haitian men in Tijuana: a poignant tribute to every exile trapped in the web of immigration policy.

See full details
13:15 Another Word for Learning *
Jadis Mariette Dumas | 2019 | English | S.T French

A young Indigenous girl wants to leave public school, the better to pursue her dreams. Important questions about Canadian education, paired with an inspiring portrait of a mother-daughter relationship.

See full details
21:00 The Seer and the Unseen *
Sara Dosa | 2019 | Icelandic, English | S.T English

One woman’s struggle to protect the habitat of Iceland’s elves against rampant construction. A powerful story of environmental resistance, with a magical realist twist.

See full details
13:00 Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film... *
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese | 2019 | English

In this experimental hybrid film, the director combines the personal and the political. Having left Lesotho for Berlin, his enraged, impatient cri du coeur is directed at Mother Earth.

See full details
15:15 Advocate
Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaïche | 2019 | Hebrew, Arabic | S.T French

One of the few Israeli attorneys who will defend Palestinians, for 50 years Lea Tsemel has braved public and media hostility and faced down a biased justice system.

See full details
20:15 Le chant d'Empédocle *
Sylvain L'Espérance, Marie-Claude Loiselle | 2019 | French | S.T. English

Greece: a historic, geographic and political heartland. A film at the intersection of philosophy and sensory exploration, where beauty and memory inhabit the land.

See full details
17:45 Les yeux de mon amour *
Rui Silveira | 2019 | Portuguese | S.T French

Every four years, a Portuguese village is decked out lavishly with paper flowers. Patience, skill and ephemerality echo the precariousness of rural life.

See full details
13:30 Last Night I Saw You Smiling
Kavich Neang | 2019 | Khmer | S.T English

The last residents get ready to leave the soon-to-be-demolished White Building in Phnom Penh. An admirable first feature about a place steeped in memory and history.

See full details
15:30 Clebs (1) * Bugs and Beasts Before the Law (2) * Who Is Afraid of Ideology? (3) *
(1) Halima Ouardiri | 2019 | Arabic | S.T. French or English

In a stray-dog refuge in Morocco, time seems to stand still for the 750 animals waiting to be adopted, their lives following a precise, monotonous routine.

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(2) Bambitchell (Sharlene Bamboat & Alexis Mitchell) | 2019 | English, French | S.T. English

The absurd spectacle of animal trials in the Middle Ages becomes, in this apparent fantasy essay, an opportunity to think about institutionalized discrimination.

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(3) Marwa Arsanios | 2019 | Arabic, English, Kurdish, Turkish | S.T. English

For several years, Lebanese filmmaker Marwa Arsanios has been exploring the impact of war on our relationship with nature, by observing eco-feminist practices in conflict zones.

See full details
18:15 This Action Lies (1) Symphony of the Ursus Factory (2)
(1) James N Kienitz Wilkins | 2018 | English | S.T English

Starting from a static black and white shot of a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee mug, the filmmaker lets his thoughts roam wherever they may, from the ontology of cinema to the meaning of life and much more.

See full details
(2) Jasmina Wójcik | 2018 | Polish | S.T English

Once a symbol of the Soviet golden age, an abandoned Polish factory comes back to life thanks to a collaborative dance culminating in a magnificent tractor ballet.

See full details
20:30 Status and Terrain *
Ute Adamczewski | 2019 | German | S.T English

A dense film that exposes coercive political measures implemented in 1933 and lasting until the 1950s in Germany; it also exposes a culture of historical forgetfulness and erasure.

See full details
15:00 Discussion : Images of extremism
Discussion : Images of extremism

Demonstrations in Charlottesville and Quebec City in 2017 shed new light on far-right groups, by giving them fresh exposure. In 2019, how should we look at the media coverage they were given? Panelists from the documentary industry, the media and academia will discuss the portrayal in words and images of these movements, their members and the reactions they provoke.

Panelists
Benjamin Ducol
, moderator - Head of the Research at Center for the Prevention of Radicalization leading to violence (CPRMV)
Isabelle Porter - Editor, Journaliste at the Devoir since 2004 and correspondent in Quebec city since 2011
Samuel Tanner - Professor and Membre of The International Centre for Comparative Criminology (ICCC) at the Université de Montréal
Gabriella Coleman - Director of the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at Mcgill University
Gabriel Allard - Filmmaker, creator of the podcast La Bombe, produced by Télé-Québec 2018

The discussion will be held in French

See full details
19:00 La soirée de la relève Radio-Canada
La soirée de la relève Radio-Canada

Hosted by Matthieu Dugal, La soirée de la relève Radio-Canada is your chance to see short documentaries by up-and-coming Quebec filmmakers, who will be present. Come out and enjoy the first efforts of new talents who are primed for long, productive careers. Naturally, it all happens in a welcoming and festive setting! The Prix Radio-Canada, consisting of a paid codirecting internship for the production of a television documentary at Radio-Canada, will be presented to one of the six filmmakers by a jury of documentary professionals.
The films will then be available on ICI Tou.tv.

Small Trophies
Isabelle Grignon-Francke
Quebec | 2019 | 16 min | french s.-t. english

Incursion psychotique
Carol-Anne Vallée
Quebec | 2019 | 14 min | french

Unfamiliar Fields
Charles Duquet
Quebec | 2019 | 17 min | french s.-t. english

Intersounds
Priscilla Winling
Quebec | 2019 | 15 min | french, english s.-t. french

Of Blood and Piss
Julien Falardeau
Quebec | 2019 | 12 min | french s.-t. english

No Crying at the Dinner Table
Carol Nguyen
Quebec | 2019 | 15 min | vietnamese, english s.-t. french

See full details
13:00 PAYSages sonores
Collectif Trames | 2019 | French

Come explore PAYSages sonores, a new webdoc from the RIDM’s Creative Youth program. This assisted navigation session will be led by artists Guillaume Campion and Guillaume Côté of the Trames collective, and the student-artists from Lucien-Pagé school.

See full details
20:00 SwampScapes *
Elizabeth Miller, Juan Carlos Zaldivar, Kim Grinfeder | 2018 | English | S.T. French

A virtual reality experience built on footage from deep in the Everglades, featuring local experts in the region and its biodiversity.

See full details
13:00 Launch: PAYSages sonores
Launch: PAYSages sonores

Discover PAYSages sonores, the new webdoc by RIDM's Young Creators Program, via an assisted navigation with Trames collective and other collaborators.

PAYSages sonores, produced by the Trames collective, is the fifth webdoc from the RIDM's Young Audiences program. This multidisciplinary creative project puts listening front and centre. In this interactive work, 13 students in Brigitte Roy's French-second- language class at Lucien-Pagé high school share memories of their native countries, while also exploring their new home through sounds and words. With the support of the artists of the Trames collective and other contributors, the students created and assem- bled all the content, from writing to sound editing. The project helped the students learn a variety of skills, while sensitizing them to concepts of ecology and noise pollution

See full details
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13h
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 2
13H00 Workhorse *
Cliff Caines | 2019 | English | S.T. French

Three portraits, three relationships with horses: a lumberjack, a farmer and a horse-pulling competitor. A reflection on work, shot in beautiful black and white.

See full details
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 3
13H15 Another Word for Learning *
Jadis Mariette Dumas | 2019 | English | S.T. French

A young Indigenous girl wants to leave public school, the better to pursue her dreams. Important questions about Canadian education, paired with an inspiring portrait of a mother-daughter relationship.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Canal D
13H00 Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You. *
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese | 2019 | English

In this experimental hybrid film, the director combines the personal and the political. Having left Lesotho for Berlin, his enraged, impatient cri du coeur is directed at Mother Earth.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Fernand-Seguin
13H30 Last Night I Saw You Smiling
Kavich Neang | 2019 | Khmer | S.T. French or English

The last residents get ready to leave the soon-to-be-demolished White Building in Phnom Penh. An admirable first feature about a place steeped in memory and history.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Raoul-Barré
13H00 PAYSages sonores
Collectif Trames | 2019 | French

Come explore PAYSages sonores, a new webdoc from the RIDM’s Creative Youth program. This assisted navigation session will be led by artists Guillaume Campion and Guillaume Côté of the Trames collective, and the student-artists from Lucien-Pagé school.

See full details
13H00 Launch: PAYSages sonores
Launch: PAYSages sonores

Discover PAYSages sonores, the new webdoc by RIDM's Young Creators Program, via an assisted navigation with Trames collective and other collaborators.

PAYSages sonores, produced by the Trames collective, is the fifth webdoc from the RIDM's Young Audiences program. This multidisciplinary creative project puts listening front and centre. In this interactive work, 13 students in Brigitte Roy's French-second- language class at Lucien-Pagé high school share memories of their native countries, while also exploring their new home through sounds and words. With the support of the artists of the Trames collective and other contributors, the students created and assem- bled all the content, from writing to sound editing. The project helped the students learn a variety of skills, while sensitizing them to concepts of ecology and noise pollution

More info
14h
Centre Pierre-Péladeau - QR440
14H00 Hotspot
Patricia Bergeron | 2019 | French

Hotspot is a new-style experience, blending virtual reality and participatory documentary theatre to create an uncanny representation of the realities of migrant processing centres.

See full details
Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin - Salle 10
14H00 Andrey Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer
Andrey A. Tarkovsky | 2019 | Russian | S.T. English

Directed by Tarkovsky’s son and narrated by the great filmmaker’s voice and writings, this personal essay is an utterly unique look at the life and work of a cinema legend.

See full details
15h
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 2
15H00 ( ( ( ( ( /*\ ) ) ) ) ) (1)
* Kasiterit (2)
* The Lake and The Lake (3)
*
(1) Charles Fairbanks, Saul Kak | 2019 | Spanish, zoque | S.T. English

An ethnographic journey, featuring rich soundscapes, to an enchanting Chiapas village, home to an Indigenous community forced to relocate by a volcanic eruption.

See full details (2) Riar Rizaldi | 2019 | Indonesian | S.T. English

An artificial intelligence muses on its own existence. The tin it is made of is mined on an Indonesian island trapped between the virtual and the real. A brilliant, chilling essay.

See full details (3) Sindhu Thirumalaisamy | 2019 | Hindi, tamil, English | S.T. English

Bangalore’s biggest urban lake is covered in toxic foam. And yet, life goes on. A captivating, meditative essay on humans’ place in the environment.

See full details
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 3
15H00 Wilcox *
Denis Côté | 2019 | - Without dialogue | S.T. French or English

A documentary-style fictional film, Wilcox is a minimalist adventure haunted by reality. A non-judgmental look at people who decide to remove themselves from society, without ever saying why.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Canal D
15H15 Advocate
Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaïche | 2019 | Hebrew, Arabic | S.T. French or English

One of the few Israeli attorneys who will defend Palestinians, for 50 years Lea Tsemel has braved public and media hostility and faced down a biased justice system.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Fernand-Seguin
15H30 Clebs (1)
* Bugs and Beasts Before the Law (2)
* Who Is Afraid of Ideology? (3)
*
(1) Halima Ouardiri | 2019 | Arabic | S.T. French or English

In a stray-dog refuge in Morocco, time seems to stand still for the 750 animals waiting to be adopted, their lives following a precise, monotonous routine.

See full details (2) Bambitchell (Sharlene Bamboat & Alexis Mitchell) | 2019 | English, French | S.T. English

The absurd spectacle of animal trials in the Middle Ages becomes, in this apparent fantasy essay, an opportunity to think about institutionalized discrimination.

See full details (3) Marwa Arsanios | 2019 | Arabic, English, Kurdish, Turkish | S.T. English

For several years, Lebanese filmmaker Marwa Arsanios has been exploring the impact of war on our relationship with nature, by observing eco-feminist practices in conflict zones.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Norman-McLaren
15H00 Discussion : Images of extremism
Discussion : Images of extremism

Demonstrations in Charlottesville and Quebec City in 2017 shed new light on far-right groups, by giving them fresh exposure. In 2019, how should we look at the media coverage they were given? Panelists from the documentary industry, the media and academia will discuss the portrayal in words and images of these movements, their members and the reactions they provoke.

Panelists
Benjamin Ducol
, moderator - Head of the Research at Center for the Prevention of Radicalization leading to violence (CPRMV)
Isabelle Porter - Editor, Journaliste at the Devoir since 2004 and correspondent in Quebec city since 2011
Samuel Tanner - Professor and Membre of The International Centre for Comparative Criminology (ICCC) at the Université de Montréal
Gabriella Coleman - Director of the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at Mcgill University
Gabriel Allard - Filmmaker, creator of the podcast La Bombe, produced by Télé-Québec 2018

The discussion will be held in French

More info
16h
Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin - Salle 10
16H00 Exodus
Bahman Kiarostami | 2019 | Farsi | S.T. English

Afghan workers are leaving Iran due to the recession. The filmmaker captures the sometimes-surreal interviews they are subjected to in processing centres.

See full details
17h
Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin - Salle 10
17H45 Ainsi soient-elles *
Maxime Faure | 2019 | French | S.T. English

The order of the Soeurs Auxiliatrices du Québec reveals a different side of the Catholic Church: feminist nuns, fighting patriarchy and social injustice.

See full details
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 2
17H45 King Lajoie (1)
* Port d'attache (2)
* El Toro (3)
*
(1) Joannie Lafrenière | 2019 | French | S.T. English

A kitschy, affectionate portrait of Elvis Lavoie, an Elvis impersonator and local celebrity in Trois-Rivières.

See full details (2) Laurence Lévesque | 2019 | French | S.T. English

Finely observed and composed, Port d’attache follows Samuel, a young man from Gaspésie, as he strives to become the captain of his own fishing boat.

See full details (3) Danielle Sturk | 2018 | English

Memories of a family diner in late-60s Manitoba come to life in a film combining stop-motion animation, testimonials and archival footage with remarkable inventiveness.

See full details
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 3
17H00 Land Mine *
Tirtza Even | 2019 | Hebrew, English | S.T. French or English

Testimonials from the residents of a building in West Jerusalem, and some visual experiments, form a portrait of a society victimized by its own acts of aggression.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Canal D
17H45 Les yeux de mon amour *
Rui Silveira | 2019 | Portuguese | S.T. French or English

Every four years, a Portuguese village is decked out lavishly with paper flowers. Patience, skill and ephemerality echo the precariousness of rural life.

See full details
18h
Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin - Salle 12
18H00 Pas d'or pour Kalsaka *
Michel K. Zongo | 2019 | Mooré, French | S.T. French or English

The harrowing story of the disaster linked to a gold mine in Burkina Faso, and more generally the human and environmental impact of the exploitation of African resources.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Fernand-Seguin
18H15 This Action Lies (1)
Symphony of the Ursus Factory (2)
(1) James N Kienitz Wilkins | 2018 | English

Starting from a static black and white shot of a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee mug, the filmmaker lets his thoughts roam wherever they may, from the ontology of cinema to the meaning of life and much more.

See full details (2) Jasmina Wójcik | 2018 | Polish | S.T. English

Once a symbol of the Soviet golden age, an abandoned Polish factory comes back to life thanks to a collaborative dance culminating in a magnificent tractor ballet.

See full details
19h
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 3
19H00 Chèche Lavi *
Sam Ellison | 2019 | Haitian creole, Spanish | S.T. English

A portrait of two young Haitian men in Tijuana: a poignant tribute to every exile trapped in the web of immigration policy.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Norman-McLaren
19H00 La soirée de la relève Radio-Canada
La soirée de la relève Radio-Canada

Hosted by Matthieu Dugal, La soirée de la relève Radio-Canada is your chance to see short documentaries by up-and-coming Quebec filmmakers, who will be present. Come out and enjoy the first efforts of new talents who are primed for long, productive careers. Naturally, it all happens in a welcoming and festive setting! The Prix Radio-Canada, consisting of a paid codirecting internship for the production of a television documentary at Radio-Canada, will be presented to one of the six filmmakers by a jury of documentary professionals.
The films will then be available on ICI Tou.tv.

Small Trophies
Isabelle Grignon-Francke
Quebec | 2019 | 16 min | french s.-t. english

Incursion psychotique
Carol-Anne Vallée
Quebec | 2019 | 14 min | french

Unfamiliar Fields
Charles Duquet
Quebec | 2019 | 17 min | french s.-t. english

Intersounds
Priscilla Winling
Quebec | 2019 | 15 min | french, english s.-t. french

Of Blood and Piss
Julien Falardeau
Quebec | 2019 | 12 min | french s.-t. english

No Crying at the Dinner Table
Carol Nguyen
Quebec | 2019 | 15 min | vietnamese, english s.-t. french

More info
20h
Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin - Salle 10
20H00 This Is Not a Movie *
Yung Chang | 2019 | English, Arabic | S.T. English

For nearly 40 years, Robert Fisk has been one of the most important and meticulous reporters of Middle East turmoil. A lesson in history and journalism.

See full details
Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin - Salle 12
20H45 A Haunted Past *
Fatma Riahi | 2018 | Arabic | S.T. English

This portrait of a former jihadi and his three daughters, mysteriously abandoned by their mother, unearths the secrets of lives shattered by state violence.

See full details
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 2
20H30 While We Are Here *
Clarissa Campolina, Luiz Pretti | 2019 | Portuguese, English, French, Arabic | S.T. English

With elements of travelogues and epistolary novels, this love story about a Lebanese woman and a Brazilian man in New York seeks out a bit of intimacy in the age of globalization.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Canal D
20H15 Le chant d'Empédocle *
Sylvain L'Espérance, Marie-Claude Loiselle | 2019 | French | S.T. English

Greece: a historic, geographic and political heartland. A film at the intersection of philosophy and sensory exploration, where beauty and memory inhabit the land.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Fernand-Seguin
20H30 Status and Terrain *
Ute Adamczewski | 2019 | German | S.T. English

A dense film that exposes coercive political measures implemented in 1933 and lasting until the 1950s in Germany; it also exposes a culture of historical forgetfulness and erasure.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Raoul-Barré
20H00 SwampScapes *
Elizabeth Miller, Juan Carlos Zaldivar, Kim Grinfeder | 2018 | English | S.T. French

A virtual reality experience built on footage from deep in the Everglades, featuring local experts in the region and its biodiversity.

See full details
21h
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 3
21H00 The Seer and the Unseen *
Sara Dosa | 2019 | Icelandic, English | S.T. English

One woman’s struggle to protect the habitat of Iceland’s elves against rampant construction. A powerful story of environmental resistance, with a magical realist twist.

See full details
16h30After circus *

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