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Art in motion
A programme of films on art for Paris 2024

Centre culturel canadien
June 01st, 2024

image tirée du film Prison of the sun
Prison of the Sun de Kaveh Nabatian - Canada, 2021
Raw de Jean Luc Oicle - Canada, 2023

Looking forward to the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics in Paris, and in connection with the exhibition “Composition for an ensemble, or The Spirit of The Games“, the Canadian Cultural Centre is offering a selection of films from the programme of recent editions of the the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art. For 40 years, FIFA has been dedicated to promoting and raising the international profile of film on art and the media arts in Canada.

For too long, art in motion has been reserved for bodies that have been normalised by a set of restrictive rules, leading to an idealisation and a representation of aesthetic, technical and performative “perfection”. Yet each body is a vehicle that is both intimate and political. This programme shows us fabulous bodies and minds in all their variety, expression and poetry, and celebrates the diversity that is also ours.

This programme will be screened on several occasions at the Canadian Cultural Centre throughout the spring and summer. More information to follow:

  • For Nuit Blanche – Saturday, June 1st at 7pm and 8.30pm
  • On Saturday, July 20 at 3pm


For any French cultural institution wishing to screen this programme before or during PARIS 2024, please contact our team: christele.albert[a]international.gc.ca 

Programme (81 minutes)

Lila by Anne Castelain et Alejandro Jiménez
Canada, 2022 (17 min) French
41st of the FIFA 

As part of the creation of his next show, Le sacre de lila, Ismaël Mouaraki invites the dancers in his company, Destins Croisés, to discover his Moroccan culture, the roots of his inspiration for this new piece. We follow the creative process of dancers from Montreal, joined by dancers from Morocco. More than an artistic residency, Lila presents the meeting between men who question their sensitivity, the relationship with their male bodies, and the identity questions of a choreographer at the crossroads of several worlds.

The Mirror of Others by Kristen Brown
Canada, 2022 (7 min) English with French subtitles
41st FIFA 

An exploration of collective learning through movement guided by dance artist Charlie Prince. Each individual’s experiences and histories become mirrored by the movements of the others. A gripping and engaging film that tells the sensitive story of Charlie Prince, his work and his vocation.

Raw by Jean Luc Oicle
Canada, 2023 (15 min 19) – Without Dialogue
41st of the FIFA 

Transitioning from a show condition to a neutral but visually interesting location a Cirque du Soleil’s artist will perform a minimalist ​“raw” act. No make-up, no costume. Filmed in a cinematic way with a touch of the surreal moment and a narrative undertone

Écho by Edouard Lock
Canada, 2021 (24 min) – Without dialogue
40st of the FIFA

Écho, a film directed by world-renowned choreographer Édouard Lock, interpreted by Rachele Buriassi, principal dancer of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and produced by PHI Studio presents a dance intertwined in reflections and immersed in a cinematic night. Mirrored approximations ebb along surfaces like shadow on water as a ballerina peers into herself, her memories floating up, around and under her, with each leading to a different trail and a different outcome. One shared beginning, one source, one end, multiple echos.

Prison of the Sun by Kaveh Nabatian
Canada, 2021 (7 min) – Without dialogue
40st of the FIFA 

World-renowned dancer Axelle Munezero recounts the social unrest resulting from the pandemic through ​“waacking,” an African-American street dance born in Los Angeles in the 1970s. The short film is scored by the Canadian-Iranian director Kaveh Nabatian and mixed by Grammy winner British DJ Joseph Ray.

Démesure by Xavier Curnillon and Louise Bédard
Canada, 2021 (11 min) – Without Dialogue
40th of the FIFA 

Intelligently integrating the architecture of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, director Xavier Curnillon and Quebec choreographer Louise Bédard take us into a singular universe where timelessness introduces us to the art of dance.

In partnership with Montreal International Festival of Films on Art

As part of the programme for the Paris 2024 Cultural Olympiad.


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