Still from East Hastings Pharmacy
Still from East Hastings Pharmacy
 

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East Hastings Pharmacy

by Antoine Bourges
A quiet portrait of the rituals around receiving methadone for opioid dependence in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
2012  ·  43m  ·  Canada
English
About the Film

EAST HASTINGS PHARMACY is a chronicle of a typical pharmacy in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where most clients are on a treatment for opioid dependence that requires taking daily doses of methadone witnessed by the pharmacist. The pharmacy is a site of rituals and repeated interactions, where quiet routine and confrontation follow each other in continuous movement. Antoine Bourges’ film was made in collaboration with residents of the Vancouver Downtown Eastside through improvisations and re-enactments.

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Festivals and Awards
2013
Winner, The Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary, Doxa Documentary Festival
2012
Cinéma du Reel, Paris
In the Press
Review
Toronto Film Review
Review
Straight
Editor
Antoine Bourges
Producer
Antoine Bourges, Dan Montgomery and Kazik Radwanski
Sound Editor
Matt Chan, Devon Cook and Stirling Bancroft
Cinematographer
Lindsay George
About the Director

Antoine Bourges

Portrait of Antoine Bourges
Portrait of Antoine Bourges

Antoine Bourges is a filmmaker originating from Paris, currently based between Toronto and Vancouver. His shorts Woman Waiting (2010) and William in White Shirt (2015), along with his mid-length film East Hastings Pharmacy (2012), have screened in festivals across North America and Europe, including the Berlinale, TIFF, Viennale, and Centre Pompidou’s Cinéma du Réel. His first feature Fail to Appear (2017) was released theatrically at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2018. He is currently working on his second feature with Telefilm Canada.

 
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