The Canadian Cultural Centre invites you to a special evening of film screenings around dance and “art in motion”. Discover a selection of works presented during the last edition of the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (Le FIFA).
An eclectic, sensitive, resilient programme, open to the world and to Indigenous cultures, which will introduce you to Sneak Up, a traditional song and dance performed at powwows, or to “waacking”, an Afro-American street dance born in Los Angeles in the 1970s.
In the presence of Philippe U. del Drago, General and Artistic Director of FIFA.
For nearly 40 years, Le FIFA has been dedicated to the promotion and international influence of film on art and media arts in Canada.
Length : 105 min
Echo (2021, Édouard Lock)
Canada | Without Dialogue | 23 min
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.
MAMA (2021, Xavier Curnillon)
Canada | French, English | 4 min
Transposed into the bodies of Marc Boivin, Stacey Désilier and Chi Long, the theatrical work dissolves on the screen in an impressionistic play between religious and pop, sacred and profane iconography.
Crow (2022, Louis-Martin Charest)
Canada | Without Dialogue | 8 min
Choreographed by Margie Gillis for artist Susan Paulson, Crow explores the complexity of crows through pure movement, restlessness, sensuality, and stealth.
When Dreaming Molly (2022, Louis-Martin Charest)
Canada | English | 9 min
When Dreaming Molly is a dance show, filmed a few days before the start of the pandemic. Choreographed to James Joyce’s famous monologue in Ulysses, this innovative, raw, vulnerable piece illustrates the attempt to physically combine flow of consciousness and freedom of spirit.
Sneak Up (2020, Raymond Caplin)
Canada | Without Dialogue | 3 min
A “sneak up” is a traditional song and dance performed at a powwow. In this film, dancers adorned in traditional dress are captured via rotoscoping — a type of animation that lends a sense of volatility, highlighting the special significance of every movement.
Political Mother : The Final Cut (2021, Hofesh Shechter)
Royaume-Uni | Without Dialogue | 36 min
In the midst of confinement, Israeli dancer and choreographer Hofesh Shechter revisited his signature show, Political Mother, and created a cinematic work of art featuring the striking architecture of the Battersea Arts Centre in London and the animations of Shay Hamias.
Prison of the Sun (2021, Kaveh Nabatian)
Canada | Without Dialogue | 7 min
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.
Clochettes de l’espoir (2020, Taylor Crowspreadshiswings)
Canada | English – French subtitles | 4 min
With great sensitivity, this short film based on a true story speaks to the resilience that comes through dance. Directed by Taylor, a woman of Blackfoot and Sioux origin, the film reminds us that this art form is not just about folklore; it can be a way to overcome adversity, connect with our spirituality, and find inner peace.
Alice au pays (2021, Laurent Goldring)
Canada, France | French | 11 min
Alice au pays stages the transformation of Louise Lecavalier’s body into a drawing, without motion capture or image processing, as she embodies Lewis Carroll’s Alice.
This screening is part of a European tour of FIFA which also includes a special programme at Palazzo Grassi in Venice from 5 to 8 October 2022 and at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains in Tourcoing from 14 to 16 October.