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FST : Original version with French subtitles | EST: Original version with English subtitles

 
 
 
 
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From September 25 2018
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Cinéspectacle: Aida (Wiener Staassoper)
Conductor: Evelino Pidò
Production: Nicolas Joel
Set and costume design: Carlo Tommasi
Choreography: Jan Stripling


Verdi wrote the four-act opera Aida – his third to last music theatre piece – at the behest of the Egyptian Khedive Ismail Pasha. Verdi imbued his music with apparent local colour by intermittently inserting passages that because of their instrumentation and melody have an exotic sound. The plot revolves around a love triangle, with two women loving the same man: the relatively powerful Amneris and the slave Aida both love the army captain Radames. Another important theme is, “Does love for another person transcend love for one’s fatherland or the laws that bind a community?”, along with the third theme of private happiness being shattered by the inexorable power apparatus of the influential.
 
Cinémagique présente The Wife
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Joan and Joe remain complements after nearly 40 years of marriage. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as the great American novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of a great man’s wife. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work, Joan starts to think about the shared compromises, secrets and betrayals.
Björn Runge
Special event
Cultural encounters with Iran
23 September 2018  17:00
Iran: I want to dance (STA)
Mr. Farzaneh is a lonely sad writer who has not been able to write anything for a long time and now, since an accident, he's been hearing a rhythmic Persian dance music in his head frequently which makes him want to dance. People think he's gone crazy and his bizarre behavior causes numerous troubles for him, the authorities and his family.
Bahman Farmanara
 
Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.

''Designed to please all generations of irreverent humour-lovers, The Pirates! Band of Misfits may not be heart-warming (it is about nasty, scurvy pirates!) but it's breezy rollicking fun.'' -Globe and Mail

''One of the greatest pleasures is watching with the knowledge that the ridiculous aside, which had nothing to do with the story but will make you chuckle for weeks, took somebody many days of moving little models in tiny increments. It’s almost impossible not to adore that.'' -Empire

FOR WHICH PUBLIC
The movie is for 5 years old and more. Young and old will love this animation movie!

GOOD REASONS TO SEE THE MOVIE
For the wonderful work of animation made in stop-motion
For the typical humor of the renown Aardman Animations that bringed us Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Early Man.
Peter Lord,Jeff Newitt
 
English and French subtitled in English
Général
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Playing hard (sta)
With English subtitles

Montreal is internationally renowned for its video-game industry, especially through Ubisoft, which has its largest division in the metropolis, where some of the business’ biggest megaproductions are created. Much like the Hollywood method, video games today are developed over several years, costing tens of millions of dollars and employing hundreds of passionate people. This is one reason why studios are reluctant to take risks, and would rather keep producing sequels to successful franchises. But sometimes, at the company’s great risk, an artist comes up with a fresh idea that’s never been exploited and attempts to make his mark on the market.

PLAYING HARD primarily focuses on Jason VandenBerghe, one of those dreamers, who has spent years trying to finance an ambitious project that is supposed to revolutionize the combat systems in video games. To help him concretize his vision, he’s accompanied by Stephane Cardin, the director of a recently failed project who is now giving everything he’s got to this game, which will eventually be known as FOR HONOR. Finally, Luc Duchaine is in charge of making sure the game is a hit with fans, a task that is sometimes detrimental to his health and family life. The documentary PLAYING HARD gives us exclusive access to this four-year undertaking and follows the creation of FOR HONOR from VandenBerghe’s early pitches to its release date, with over 400 people working on the game in between. Filmmaker Jean-Simon Chartier is mainly interested in the human aspect of these large productions, presenting us inspiring individuals who are the impersonation of determination through all the stress and pressure inherent of such a competitive industry. – Translation: Guillaume Desbiens for Fantasia

Jean-Simon Chartier
 
Laissez bronzer les cadavres (STA)
Belgian filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani trade in the crushed velvet and creeping shadows of their giallo-worshiping first two films (Amer, The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears) for blistering sun, creaking leather and raining bullets in this glorious homage to 1970s Italian crime films. After stealing a truckload of gold bars, a gang of thieves absconds to the ruins of a remote village perched on the cliffs of the Mediterranean. Home to a reclusive yet hypersexual artist and her motley crew of family and admirers, it seems like a perfect hideout. But when two cops roll up on motorcycles to investigate, the hamlet erupts into a hallucinatory battlefield as both sides engage in an all-day, all-night firefight rife with double-crosses and dripping with blood.

Based on a classic pulp novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and featuring music by Ennio Morricone, Let the Corpses Tan is a deliriously stylish, cinematic fever dream that will slamfire your senses like buckshot to the brain.
Hélène Cattet,Bruno Forzani
 
Playing Hard (STF)
Montreal is internationally renowned for its video-game industry, especially through Ubisoft, which has its largest division in the metropolis, where some of the business’ biggest megaproductions are created. Much like the Hollywood method, video games today are developed over several years, costing tens of millions of dollars and employing hundreds of passionate people. This is one reason why studios are reluctant to take risks, and would rather keep producing sequels to successful franchises. But sometimes, at the company’s great risk, an artist comes up with a fresh idea that’s never been exploited and attempts to make his mark on the market.

PLAYING HARD primarily focuses on Jason VandenBerghe, one of those dreamers, who has spent years trying to finance an ambitious project that is supposed to revolutionize the combat systems in video games. To help him concretize his vision, he’s accompanied by Stephane Cardin, the director of a recently failed project who is now giving everything he’s got to this game, which will eventually be known as FOR HONOR. Finally, Luc Duchaine is in charge of making sure the game is a hit with fans, a task that is sometimes detrimental to his health and family life. The documentary PLAYING HARD gives us exclusive access to this four-year undertaking and follows the creation of FOR HONOR from VandenBerghe’s early pitches to its release date, with over 400 people working on the game in between. Filmmaker Jean-Simon Chartier is mainly interested in the human aspect of these large productions, presenting us inspiring individuals who are the impersonation of determination through all the stress and pressure inherent of such a competitive industry. – Translation: Guillaume Desbiens for Fantasia

Source: https://fantasiafestival.com/en/films/playing-hard

Roundtable hosted by Denis Talbot friday september 21 at 6:15 p.m.

With Jean-Simon Chartier, director of Playing Hard.
Luc Duchaine, For Honor brand director (Ubisoft).
David Lamarre, président of Illogika and Angela Mejia, co-founder of Clever Plays.
Jean-Simon Chartier
 
Fahrenheit 11/9
Palme d’Or–winning documentarian Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) turns his attention to another significant date, examining the legacy of Trump’s ascension to the US presidency on November 9, 2016.

In July 2016, Michael Moore was treated like a crackpot doomsayer for writing the essay "5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win." His prediction was the opposite of most pollsters and pundits but it came true in the wee hours of November 9, 2016 when the electoral college votes were tallied.

Now Moore brings his sharp satire to analyze the legacy of 11/9 and to raise questions about what lies ahead. Trump is a master distractor with his incendiary tweets, staff firings, and outright lies. But within the chaos, his administration has delivered on a right-wing agenda with tax cuts for the wealthy, environmental deregulation, court appointments, and treaty withdrawals that will be felt long into the future.

In Moore's three decades of filmmaking, he's often voiced progressive ideas that sound radical at first but eventually become mainstream. His most famous work, Fahrenheit 9/11 — named for another infamous date — decried the US's war in Iraq long before it became widely derided. A similar dynamic runs through Roger & Me on America's loss of industry, Bowling for Columbine on gun control, and Sicko on health care.

Moore likes to subvert expectations, so we'll refrain from disclosing too many details of Fahrenheit 11/9. Let's just say there are aspects that feel very timely in the lead-up to the US Congressional elections. But overall, this is an evergreen film that applies historical lessons from both progressive and repressive movements. It speaks strongly to a younger generation in the hope that they might fix what the previous generation has royally fucked up.
Michael Moore
 
Madeline\'s Madeline
“An experimental movie with the emotional tug of a mainstream hit… This is one of the boldest and most invigorating American films of the 21st century” David Ehrlichr, INDIEWIRE

Madeline (Helena Howard) is not a cat, nor is she a sea turtle. She’s not quite yet a woman either. So who is she? Madeline is the daughter of an overbearing mother (Miranda July). Madeline is a teenager with a newfound curiosity for sex. Madeline is an actor, exploring, through her experimental theatre troupe, the correlation between art and life. Through her eyes, an experience unfolds, a blurry mix of whispers, childish laughter and endemic madness.

If you saw THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY and BUTTER ON THE LATCH at Fantasia 2014, you already know Josephine Decker is one of the most innovative American filmmakers working today. Her latest is an essential film about the search for one’s identity, the problems of appropriation (cultural or otherwise) and the treacherous process of creating art from lived experience. Self-reflexive, personal, yet never indulgent, it is evocative of the complex ramifications of the mind, while conveying the utter simplicity of life. MADELINE’S MADELINE is a groundbreaking cinematic experiment and its simple manifesto is settled from the very beginning: “the emotions that you are having are not your own, they are someone else’s.” The sensory impulse of this film comes from Madeline’s perception, and we are, in a way, her temporary nervous system. Of many identities, Madeline’s character is multiplied by the number of eyes that inhabit her – mostly ours. As Proust’s Madeleine triggers a delightful memory, Decker’s MADELINE’S MADELINE demolishes many cinematic conventions, and unleashes a chimera of cinema – an immersive performance as reality-bound as it is, quite literally, extraordinary. – Celia Pouzet for Fantasia 2018

Credit source: https://fantasiafestival.com/fr/films/madelines-madeline
Josephine Decker
 
Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar based on the celebrated Justin Torres novel, We the Animals is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by layered performances from its astounding cast –including three talented, young first-time actors –and stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner world to life. Drawing from his documentary background, director Jeremiah Zagar creates an immersive portrait of working class family life and brotherhood.
Jeremiah Zagar
 
Three Identitcal Strangers
Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret - a secret with radical repercussions for us all.
Tim Wardle
 
In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe of "powercalling" that leads to material glory. But the upswing in Cassius' career raises serious red flags with his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a performance artist and minimum-wage striver who's secretly part of a Banksy-style activist collective. As his friends and co-workers organize in protest of corporate oppression, Cassius falls under the spell of his company's cocaine-snorting CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams.
Boots Riley
 

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Spanish subtitled in English
Général (déconseillé aux jeunes enfants)
Release date :
28 September 2018
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Primas (STA)
PRIMAS is an evocative portrait of two cousins, Rocío and Aldana, Argentinian teenagers who, in the wake of heinous acts of violence that interrupted their childhoods, will free themselves from the shadows of their past. Traveling in Argentina and Montreal the girls come of age having revelatory experiences in their everyday lives; learning dance, mime, theatre, circus and visual arts. They express through their bodies what only their imagination, their unique perspective and their unshakable resilience can reveal.
 
English subtitled in French
En attente de classement
Release date :
28 September 2018
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Touched (STF)
A ghostly, genre-hopping mystery: a young woman disappears from her building and her solitary landlord becomes obsessed with tracking her down. The landlord’s search for his disappeared tenant starts him on a strange adventure. Guided by a little girl- who may be the vanished tenant as a child- odd things begin to happen and the landlord struggles to figure out what’s real. The child’s kindness may be his only source of light and hope, but she is also leading him down a rabbit hole… and he may not be able to his missing tenant or the surface again. Part murder mystery, part love story between an unlikely father figure and a nine-year-old girl, this dreamlike, dark and odd film creates a tender but disturbing portrait of human isolation, exploring both sociopathology and the fragile power of human kindness.
 
English 
En attente de classement
Release date :
12 October 2018
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Matangi / Maya / M.I.A
Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions. As a raw document of Arulpragasm’s life it’s a treasure trove of intimate insights.
 
English 
En attente de classement
Release date :
12 October 2018
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American Chaos
Starting six months before the 2016 presidential election, director Jim Stern put his life on hold and — driven to understand what seemed incomprehensible at the time — traveled through red states to interview and spend time with Donald Trump supporters from different backgrounds. It was a search for insights and answers, for anything that could explain the billionaire’s surging appeal and why these voters remained untroubled by so many troubling things the candidate had said and done.

This journey became his Heart of Darkness into the American body politic at a profoundly critical point in our history. And the film he returned with, AMERICAN CHAOS, sheds unique light on difficult issues roiling the nation — chronicling a cultural divide, still dangerously misunderstood, that continues to tear at the fabric of our democracy.
 
German subtitled in English
Release date :
31 October 2018
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Cinéspectacle: Der Fliegende Hollander (Madrid)
OPERA IN THREE ACTS

CONDUCTOR
Pablo Heras-Casado

DIRECTOR
Àlex Ollé, La Fura dels Baus

CAST
Samuel Youn
Kwangchul Youn
Ingela Brimberg
Nikolai Schukoff

DURATION
2 h 20 approx

Àlex Ollé and La Fura dels Baus propose another quite destabilizing reading of a timeless piece. Here the action of Wagner’s libretto is magnified by musical director Pablo Heras-Casado’s qualities as a storyteller and by the accomplished interpretation of Samuel Youn. Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Höllander (The Flying Dutchman) is a masterpiece of the Romantic era, a gripping exploration of love, death, purity and damnation. In this production by Alex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus), the conflict between good and evil is a reflection of a tormented and imprisoned soul.

The Dutchman, condemned to sail across an infinite ocean until the end of time, desires only to be released from his doomed vessel and return to a life on land. The sea, infinite and transcendent, becomes a powerful metaphor for the ultimate limits imposed on man.

In Richard Wagner’s autobiography, the composer wrote that his inspiration for Der Fliegende Holländer first struck during a sea voyage with his wife, traveling from Riga to London. A work full of symbolism, its central theme is redemption through a woman’s love: in young Senta’s pledge of faith, the sea captain recognizes his salvation. For her part, Senta abandons herself to a destiny with the nameless specter.
 
 
 

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