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Montreal on Screen

May 29, 2010 - June 03, 2010

Cinema Politica is teaming up with the Concordia Documentary Centre and Congress 2010 to bring you a fabulous program of five nights of excellent documentaries about Montreal between May 29th and June 3rd.

Screenings will take place in the de Seve Cinema (1400 de Maisonneuve W.) at Concordia University and are free and open to all. Spanning seven decades of filmmaking (from 1934 to 2008), this intimate festival of films about Montreal promises something for everyone. Twelve films screened over five two-hour screenings will reflect the richness of our urban environment, its history, and the passions and politics of its inhabitants. Curated by Concordia Cinema professor Thomas Waugh and MA film student Marcin Wisniewski, organizers will present a diversity of voices, cultures and film genres on the de Sève screen.

Includes eight documentaries that challenge, analyze and muse. Many directors will be present.

Program 1
Saturday May 29th, 2010 7:30 pm, de Sève Cinema
La mémoire des anges / Luc Bourdon (The Memory of Angels, 2008, 80 min DVD, orig. Fr. version, Eng. subtitles)
A poetic essay assembled from 120 NFB films from the 50s and 60s. A subjective dreamlike history of a metropolis vibrating with struggle and passion.
- preceded by -
Little Burgundy / Maurice Bulbulian & Bonnie Sherr Klein (1969, 30 min, 16 mm, Eng. version of French original)
Originally made for NFB’s revolutionary Challenge for Change Program, this documentary shows community resistance to Mayor Drapeau’s demolition (“urban renewal”) mania in the era of Expo 67.
- and -
The Street / Caroline Leaf (1976, 10 min DVD, orig. Eng. version)
An award-winning, animated adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s famous story of matriarchal melodrama in Mile End.

Program 2
Sunday May 30th, 2010 7:30 pm, de Sève Cinema
Discordia / Ben Addelman & Samir Mallal (2004, 69 min, DVD, orig. Eng. version, Fr. subtitles)
Filmed by Concordia alumni, the film follows the fallout from the September 9, 2002 protest against the visit of former and future Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
- preceded by -
Journal inachevé / Marilú Mallet (Unfinished Diary,1982, 50 min, )
Winner of the Prix de la critique québécoise among other awards, a first-person docu-drama centered in Montreal’s Chilean refugee community. An influential feminist film that poetically explores urban exteriors and familial interiors.

Program 3
Monday May 31st, 2010 7:30 pm, de Sève Cinema
Montréal vu par… / Denys Arcand, Michel Brault, Léa Pool, Atom Egoyan, Jacques Leduc, Patricia Rozema (1991, 125 min, 35 mm, orig. Fr. version, Eng. subtitles)
An homage to the city of Montreal for its 350th birthday, this episode film showcases short fictional narratives by six of the biggest names in Canadian cinema. Love, death, hockey, sex, art, architecture.

Program 4
Tuesday June 1st, 2010 7:30 pm, de Sève Cinema
Montreal Main / Frank Vitale (1974, 88 min, DVD, orig. Eng. version)
Death in Venice on Boulevard St. Laurent. Made on a shoestring budget, an iconoclastic example of early 70s Montreal independent cinema. Frank is 28, Johnny is 12, a special friendship.
- preceded by -
Fannie dans le temps / Miriam Ginestier (2005, 10 min, DVD, no language)
Extra-temporal adventures of a 1930s flapper who lands in 21st century Montreal.
- and -
Comédie / Nelson Henricks (1994, 7 min, DVD, orig. Eng. And French version with subtitles)
A musical ode to the metro. Starring Petula Clark and a commuter’s idle fantasy.

Program 5
Thursday June 3rd, 2010 7:30 pm, de Sève Cinema
Le confort et l’indifférence / Denys Arcand (Comfort and indifference, 1982, 89 min, DVD, orig. Fr. version, Eng. subtitles)
An essay on the 1980 sovereignty referendum starring Nicolo Machiavelli atop Place Ville-Marie. A wry, cynical portrait of a metropolis licking its wounds.
- preceded by -
Rhapsody in two languages / Gordon Sparling (1934, 10 min, 35 mm, orig. Eng. version).
A comic and whimsical fantasy of Canada’s economic, cultural and nightlife capital (in 1932 that is) by a pioneer of Canadian documentary.
- and -
The Devil’s Toy / Claude Jutra (1966, 15 min, DVD, Eng. version of original Fr. film)
A group of ‘menacing’ teenagers roll up and down the Montreal streets, terrorizing the public with the noise and freedom of the soon-to-be-banned skateboard. Dedicated to all those who are victims of intolerance. By Quebec’s pioneering director of Mon oncle Antoine.


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