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from April 28 to May 4, 2017

 
 
 
 
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MADAME BUTTERFLY
Antonio Pappano conducts an impressive cast led by Ermonela Jaho in Puccini’s deeply poignant opera. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Muchloved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s stunningly beautiful production. The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists’ romanticized views of Japan. Puccini’s music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria ‘Un bel dì’ (One fine day) as the abandoned CioCio-San clings vainly to her dreams. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.
 
GOETHE présente MARIJA (STF)
Marija, a young Ukrainian woman, earns her living as a hotel maid in Dortmund, but dreams of owning her own hair salon. When she is fired without notice, she finds herself forced to look at other means to earn money, putting her body, social relationships and own feelings aside to reach those goals.

“Koch's assured, no-nonsense debut paints a universally relevant portrait of disenfranchised immigrant life. (…), shedding generous light on a still-underexposed world of overlapping immigrant factions in Germany’s urban fringes, where Eastern Europeans, Turks and other groups form a warily co-dependent social hierarchy of their own. – Variety
 
CINÉMAGIQUE présente I, DANIEL BLAKE
Daniel Blake, 59, has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, after a heart attack and nearly falling from a scaffold, he needs help from the State for the first time in his life. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.
Ken Loach
 
LE SONGE D\'UNE NUIT D\'ÉTÉ
Numerous choreographers have delved into Shakespeare to find dramatic material for their ballets, beginning with Jean-Georges Noverre, an ardent defender of the “action ballet” and Marius Petipa, who was the first to use Mendelssohn’s stage music. George Balanchine, who also loved the score, would prove no exception. In 1962 he created his version of Shakespeare’s comedy for New York City Ballet. Faithful to the Bard’s vocabulary whilst adding a subtle touch of pantomime, he portrays a complex love story in two acts and six scenes. Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, become caught up in a domestic quarrel between the king of the elves and the queen of the fairies which results in the intervention of the mischievous Puck and his magic potion along with a troupe of amateur actors. The denouement is celebrated in the form of a grand virtuoso entertainment. One of George Balanchine’s rare narrative ballets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire. The sets and costumes for this production have been designed by another magician of the stage, Christian Lacroix.
 
IRAN: ABA JAN (STA)
ABAJAN is the latest film from the young and gifted Iranian director Hatef Alimardani. A drama starring Fatemeh Motamed Aria, Saeed Aghakhani and Shabnam Moghadami, the film is set in the city of Zanjan in the 1980s and tells the story of emotional and familial challenges imposed on the central characters during the war years. Abajan was a major hit with audiences at this year's Fajr Film Festival, leading to multiple additional screenings. The performance by Fatemeh Motamed Aria, the most critically acclaimed Iranian actress of all time, is the film's jewel and has received many accolades since its premiere
Hatef Alimardani
 
EASY RIDER
"EASY RIDER is the late 1960s "road film" tale of a search for freedom (or the illusion of freedom) in a conformist and corrupt America, in the midst of paranoia, bigotry and violence. Released in the year of the Woodstock concert, and made in a year of two tragic assassinations (Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King), the Vietnam War buildup and Nixon's election, the tone of this 'alternative' film is remarkably downbeat and bleak, reflecting the collapse of the idealistic 60s. EASY RIDER, one of the first films of its kind, was a ritualistic experience and viewed (often repeatedly) by youthful audiences in the late 1960s as a reflection of their realistic hopes of liberation and fears of the Establishment. The iconographic, 'buddy' film, actually minimal in terms of its artistic merit and plot, is both memorialized as an image of the popular and historical culture of the time and a story of a contemporary but apocalyptic journey by two self-righteous, drug-fueled, anti-hero (or outlaw) bikers eastward through the American Southwest. Their trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans takes them through limitless, untouched landscapes (icons such as Monument Valley), various towns, a hippie commune, and a graveyard (with hookers), but also through areas where local residents are increasingly narrow-minded and hateful of their long-haired freedom and use of drugs. The film's title refers to their rootlessness and ride to make "easy" money; it is also slang for a pimp who makes his livelihood off the earnings of a prostitute. However, the film's original title was The Loners."
Dennis Hopper
 
GRADUATION (STA)
ROMEO ALDEA (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding -Eliza has won a scholarship to study psychology in the UK. She just has to pass her final exams - a formality for such a good student. On the day before her first written exam, Eliza is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardize her entire future. Now Romeo has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the situation, but none of them using the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter.
Cristian Mungiu
 
POESIA SIN FIN (STA)
Endless Poetry portrays Alejandro Jodorowsky’s young adulthood, set in the 1940s and 50s, in the electric capital city of Santiago. There, he decides to become a poet and is introduced, by destiny, into the foremost bohemian and artistic circle of the time. He meets Enrique Lihn, Stella Diaz Varín, Nicanor Parra and many others of the country’s young, promising and unknown artists who would later become the titans of Latin America’s literature.
Alejandro Jodorowsky
 
DAVID LYNCH - THE ART LIFE (STF)
David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America, to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema's most enigmatic directors. DAVID LYNCH - THE ART LIFE infuses Lynch's own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corner of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist.

“Who wouldn’t want to spend 90 minutes inside David Lynch’s head? A must-see film.” - David Frear, Rolling Stone

“Art and life inseparably imitate each other in this engagingly discursive portrait of the cult filmmaker in fine-arts mode. Indispensible for Lynch heads.” – Variety

“Jason S.’s dense, dark camerawork can only be called Lynchian. At times the busy backgrounds strewn with unidentifiable objects become confused with the bizarre, rather monstrous constructions Lynch sticks to canvas in a stream of creative outpouring.” – Hollywood Reporter

“Leaves the viewer ready to revisit Lynch's iconic works from a new angle after its quietly fascinating keyhole view into the creative mind.” – Austin Chronicle
Jon Nguyen,Rick Barnes & Olivia Neergaard-Holm
 
English subtitled in French
Général (déconseillé aux jeunes enfants)
Général (déconseillé aux jeunes enfants)
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COLOSSAL
Gloria is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.
Nacho Vigalondo
 
English subtitled in French
13+  Langage vulgaire
13+ Langage vulgaire
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T2 TRAINSPOTTING
First there was an opportunity......then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home.They are waiting for him: Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie. Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.
Danny Boyle
 

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Japanese subtitled in English
En attente de classement
En attente de classement
Release date :
05 May 2017
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AFTER THE STORM (STA)
A divorced man struggles to regain his estranged family’s trust while sheltering with them during a typhoon, in the latest film from celebrated Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (Like Father, Like Son; Our Little Sister).

Gentle and melancholy yet surprisingly amusing, the latest film by celebrated Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (Our Little Sister) focuses on Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a failed writer, third-rate detective, and no-luck gambler who has become separated from his wife and young son. When a typhoon strikes one night, the broken family is forced to spend the night together at the home of Ryota's mother, where the ensuing interaction — free of melodrama or forced catharsis — is tender, bittersweet, and quietly incisive, in true Kore-eda style.
 
English subtitled in French
En attente de classement
En attente de classement
Release date :
05 May 2017
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I, DANIEL BLAKE (STF)
Daniel Blake, 59, has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, after a heart attack and nearly falling from a scaffold, he needs help from the State for the first time in his life. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.
 
English 
En attente de classement
En attente de classement
Release date :
12 May 2017
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CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY
Presented in collaboration with Montréal Urban Ecology Center
CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY is a story about our global urban future, in which nearly three-fourths of the world’s population will live in cities by the end of this century. It’s also a story about America’s recent urban past, in which bureaucratic, “top down” approaches to building cities have dramatically clashed with grassroots, “bottom up” approaches. The film brings us back mid-century, on the eve of the battles for the heart and soul of American cities, about to be routed by cataclysmically destructive Urban Renewal and highway projects.

The film details the revolutionary thinking of Jane Jacobs, and the origins of her magisterial 1961 treatise The Death and Life of Great American Cities, in which she singlehandedly undercuts her era’s orthodox model of city planning, exemplified by the massive Urban Renewal projects of New York’s “Master Builder,” Robert Moses. Jacobs and Moses figure centrally in our story as archetypes of the “bottom up” and the “top down” vision for cities. They also figure as two larger-than-life personalities: Jacobs—a journalist with provincial origins, no formal training in city planning, and scarce institutional authority—seems at first glance to share little in common with Robert Moses, the upper class, high prince of government and urban theory fully ensconced in New York’s halls of power and privilege. Yet both reveal themselves to be master tacticians who, in the middle of the 20th century, became locked in an epic struggle over the fate of the city.

In three suspenseful acts, CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY gives audiences a front row seat to this battle, and shows how two opposing visions of urban greatness continue to ripple across the world stage, with unexpectedly high stakes, made even higher and more unecpectically urgent in the suddenly shifting national political landscape of 2017, in which the newly inaugurated U.S. President is a real estate developer, who is calling for a new era Urban Renewal, echoing the traumatic period in which this film takes place. In perilous times for the city and for civil rights, Citizen Jane offers a playbook, courtesy of Jane Jacobs, for organizing communities and speaking the truth to entrenched and seemingly insurmountable powers.

Jane's walk
Jane's Walk is an event held simultaneously in over 212 cities around the world for the past 10 years. The event pays tribute to Jane Jacobs, a writer, activist and philosopher of architecture and urbanism. Jane’s Walk encourages citizens to tell stories about their neighborhood explore the city and exchange with their neighbours. With more than 80 walks in 19 Montréal boroughs and districts, citizens will have plenty of opportunities to stretch their legs on May 5, 6 and 7!

The complete free programming is available here
 
English 
Release date :
12 May 2017
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RISK
The Oscar-winning director of Citizenfour turns her camera on another controversial figure, WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, in this immersive documentary, which continues Poitras’ courageous examination of voices who question authority in an era of ever-increasing surveillance and state secrecy.
 
English subtitled in French
En attente de classement
En attente de classement
Release date :
19 May 2017
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THE BLEEDER (STF)
He was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber) was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career whose life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match. It's the beginning of a wild ride through the exhilarating highs and humbling lows of sudden fame-but what happens when your fifteen minutes in the spotlight are up? Driven by a committed performance from Liev Schreiber, Chuck is a refreshingly human tale of resilience and redemption. Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts costar.
 
English and French subtitled in English
En attente de classement
En attente de classement
Release date :
26 May 2017
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BGL DE FANTAISIE (STA)
Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière met as visual arts students at Université Laval. After 20 years working together as BGL, doing no damage to their friendship, their career truly took off in 2015. Their art – “intellectual tinkering” – is now prominently displayed on the streets of Toronto and Montreal, in the form of imposing public artworks; the collective is even representing Canada at the 56th Venice Biennale with a piece called Canadissimo. During their triumphant year, Benjamin Hogue followed them and made this direct cinema document of the approach, work and life of a playful, uncomplicated, critical and explosive trio of artists blessed with a contagious sense of the fantastical.
 
Turkish subtitled in English
En attente de classement
En attente de classement
Release date :
26 May 2017
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KEDI (STA)
Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame –and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.
 
nauvha subtitled in English
Release date :
02 June 2017
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TANNA (STA)
TANNA, an extraordinary Australia/Vanuatu co-production, is a Romeo and Juliet story set in one of the world's last true tribal societies. It is the first feature film shot entirely in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, in a village called Yakel. The people of this remote community, high in the mountain rainforests near a spitting volcano, truly wear grass skirts and penis sheaths and have rejected colonial and Christian influences in favor of their traditional and pure "Kastom" system of laws and beliefs. Their customs and lifestyle have changed little for centuries. Before Tanna, they had never before seen a movie or a camera, yet welcomed the filmmakers to live with the tribe for seven months where they absorbed stories and observed ceremonies, with the input and collaboration of the local people. None of the 'cast' had ever acted before, but astonishingly, they passionately and naturally re-created this real-life story from recent tribal history as if they had had years of training.

TANNA is a spectacularly lush and exotic film that is Australia's submission for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Film of 2017. The movie recently won the Directors Guild of Australia award for Best Director. Earlier, the movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival this past fall, where it won the Audience Award in the International Critics Week sidebar as well as the Best Cinematography prize.
 
Spanish subtitled in English
Release date :
02 June 2017
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CEVICHE\'S DNA (STA)
In the last decade, Peru has become internationally renowned for its ingenious, tasty and widely varying gastronomy. Its star dish is ceviche, a preparation of raw fish marinated in citrus juices, served with aji chili peppers, camote sweet potatoes, cassava and corn... and of course, a variety of secret ingredients.

Travelling through the north coast of Peru, Amazonia and Lima, this mouth-watering and highly entertaining documentary explores the historical, culinary, environmental and socio-political aspects of this dish, which has been prepared and eaten in Peru in its ancestral form since pre-Hispanic times. From roadside stands to bustling markets to fine-dining restaurants, along the way we meet everyone from fishermen to small-town cooks to acclaimed chefs, Javier Wong and Gastón Acurio, each with their own take on the delectable experience of ceviche.

“CEVICHE’S DNA illustrates how this simple yet scrumptious appetizer crosses social statuses and generations, gathering people together.” Seattle International Film Festival
 
Mandarin subtitled in English
Release date :
09 June 2017
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THE BEEKEEPER AND HIS SON (STA)
Back in the village after his studies in town, Maofu is 20 years old and his ambition is to modernise his father’s bee farm. However, the latter does not see it this way and bemoans his son’s lack of desire to enter this trade.

A word from the director: “With a personal desire to reconnect with my roots, I longed to make a film about a young man learning his father’s traditional beekeeping craft and reconnecting with his family (...). However, things didn’t go as I had expected, and I became interested in why it was so hard for a young man to stay in the village nowadays. I gradually realized that the film has helped me face my own questions about identity and family relationships through understanding the internal needs of both the father and the son.”

A silent conflict filmed close up and with a certain empathy, which reflects the generational divide in contemporary China, hesitating between rural life and urban State capitalism.
 
English subtitled in French
Release date :
09 June 2017
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IT COMES AT NIGHT (STF)
Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
 
Spanish subtitled in English
Release date :
16 June 2017
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ALIAS MARIA (STA)
María, a 13 year old guerrilla soldier watches the secret birth of the commander's child, while she decides what she'll do with the baby she's expecting. Through her eyes we'll see the desolate landscape of the armed conflict in Colombia.
 
English 
Release date :
16 June 2017
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JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT
JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy.

Tower began his career at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement. After leaving Chez Panisse, due in part to a famously contentious relationship with founder Alice Waters, Tower went on to launch his own legendary Stars Restaurant in San Francisco. Stars was an overnight sensation and soon became one of America’s top-grossing U.S. restaurants. After several years, Tower mysteriously walked away from Stars and then disappeared from the scene for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places: New York City’s fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green. There, he launched a journey of self-discovery familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves to be an artist. Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl and Martha Stewart, this delicious documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef, whose brash personality and culinary genius has made him a living legend.
 
CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY
CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY is a thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.

This rich, textured and compelling portrait of a remarkable artist reveals the critical events, passions, experiences and challenges that shaped the life of John Coltrane and his revolutionary sounds. It is a story of demons and darkness, of persistence and redemption. But, above all else, it is the incredible journey of a spiritual warrior who found himself, found God, and in the process, created an extraordinary body of work that transcends all barriers of race, religion, age and geography. It is a film for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform.

The beauty, poignancy, energy, pain, joy and inspiration heard in nearly 50 Coltrane recordings from throughout his career brings alive the artist and the times in which he lived. Even those familiar with his music will be able to hear and appreciate the music of John Coltrane in a new and exciting way.

Although Coltrane never participated in any television interviews (and only a handful for radio) during his lifetime, he has an active and vibrant presence in the film through his print interviews. These words -- spoken by Academy Award winner Denzel Washington – illuminate what John Coltrane was thinking and feeling at critical moments throughout his life and career.
 
 
 

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Parc at midnight

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The 2016-2017 season of Cinéspectacle

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CINÉMAGIQUE

Weekly premiere screenings in presence of special guests and Peter Pearson, founder et organizer of this film series
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CINÉMAGIQUE
Weekly premiere screenings in presence of special guests and Peter Pearson, founder et organizer of this film series
 

Cultural encounters with Iran through film

A series of Iranian films screening every last Sunday of the month
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Cultural encounters with Iran through film
A series of Iranian films screening every last Sunday of the month
 

FNC's special screenings

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FNC's special screenings
 

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A series of monthly documentary screenings organised by RIDM
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RIDM+
A series of monthly documentary screenings organised by RIDM
 

PSY FILM CLUB

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A monthly series of screening by the GOETHE-INSTITUT

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