After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld in an increasingly desperate-and dangerous-attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.
A special screening with the Quebec Film Critics Association
Screening one night only, this delirious comedy was ranked among Les Cahiers du Cinéma's annual top 10 of the year and will be presented by Daniel Racine from the Quebec Film Critics' Association.
Marc Châtaigne (Vincent Macaigne), a trainee of the Ministry of the Standard, is entrusted with a delicate mission by the minister's cabinet director: to go to Guyana to monitor the upgrade of Guyaneige, the first indoor ski track in Amazonia. This must boost tourism. On site, he embarks on a visit to site sites to check that everything is in order. To get there, he is accompanied by Tarzan (Vimala Pons, a pretty trainee at the National Forest Office who serves as a driver. After a road accident, they get lost in the forest. Quickly, the two young people are confronted with many dangers .
Screening only once during the Montreal First Peoples' Festival, the film will officially open September 8.
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others, RUMBLE shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.
RUMBLE has a long list of music artists, historians, family members, and experts participating in the film, including: Buddy Guy, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, John Trudell, David Fricke (Rolling Stone Magazine), Steven Tyler, Taboo, Derek Trucks, Corey Harris, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Monk Boudreaux, George Clinton, Jackson Browne, Martha Redbone, Joy Harjo, Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Pura Fé (Ulali), Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne), Matt Sorum (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Slash (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Pat Vegas (Redbone), Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and many others.
What if we told you there was a way to build an artificial star on Earth? This isn’t science fiction. Rather, it is what ITER (the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is working on, in the southern French countryside. Assembling scientists from 37 different countries, ITER’s utopian project is very much like the building of a cathedral; so long and arduous that many of its key players might not see it to the end. Nonetheless, they persevere. Because, the project’s success would supply mankind with a perpetual source of clean energy for hundreds, thousands, perhaps millions of years to come. If it fails, there is simply no going back: mankind must prove today that it has the intelligence to prevent its own extinction.
With LET THERE BE LIGHT, directors Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royko invite you to the outer limits of the renewable energy discourse: nuclear fusion, a potentially world-changing alternative to fossil fuel – nothing short of harnessing the power of the Sun on Earth. Told with a fascinating clarity, and punctuated by gorgeous animated sequences bringing to life many of the eccentric inventors and milestone developments that bring us to ITER’s story today, LET THERE BE LIGHT takes us through 60 years of defiance and invention. It is the rare kind of environmental documentary to tackle the issue of energy, not with a doomsday-clock tone, but rather with a realistic and inspiring assessment of the challenges that will be necessary to escape our fate, and reach for the future. In short: a must-see for the “sci-” and the “sci-fi” minded alike. - FANTASIA 2017
With passion, the three members of the Harting family make a living singing a cappella ballads in the Montreal metro. All three are blind and haunted by the tragic drowning death of the only seeing member of their family, Hassan. Enter Russian mystic and cult-like leader Grigori Petrovich Grabovoi, who promises to help his followers regenerate and resurrect the dead. For the Hartings, Hassan’s resurrection is their only hope for completing their family once more. With intimate access and unflinching observations, the film chronicles the Hartings’ attempts at dealing with their collective grief. What emerges is a highly unusual family portrait of three complex yet lovable characters.
The exquisite feature film debut of visionary fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavey (Rodarte), Woodshock is a hypnotic exploration of isolation, paranoia, and grief that exists in a dream-world all its own. Kirsten Dunst stars as Theresa, a haunted young woman spiraling in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. Immersive, spellbinding, and sublime, Woodshock transcends genre to become a singularly thrilling cinematic experience that marks the arrival of the Mulleavy siblings as a major new voice in film.
On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends. Struggling with his own identity, Frankie begins to scour hookup sites for older men. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he begins meeting men at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences. Eliza Hittman’s award-winning Sundance hit is a powerful character study that is as visually stunning as it is evocative.