34th edition of the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA)
Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 12:30 p.m.
Screenings of the International Festival of Films on Art
As part of the 34th edition of the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), the Museum, in collaboration with the Festival, will offer four days of public screenings in the J.A. Bombardier Theatre: Friday, March 11; Saturday, March 12; Saturday, March 19; and Sunday, March 20, 2016.
The films presented at the McCord Museum and carefully selected by FIFA will focus largely on themes related to the rich collections of the Museum and will underscore the important role played by photography, fashion and Aboriginal culture.
Please note that there is a charge to view the films presented at the McCord Museum as part of FIFA.
For ticket prices and descriptions of the films, please consult the 2016 FIFA website
Space is limited. Reservations are not required and cannot be accepted.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
From 12:30 p.m.
Gokalp Gonen, 2015
Duration: 9 minutes
Rusty machines living in their small houses imagine that the sun will one day come and take them to the sky. A small light keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun on its own, and has a plan.
CinéKino – Une histoire franco-allemande du cinéma
Laurent Heynemann and Matthias Luthardt, 2015
Duration: 104 minutes
French and German, with french subtitles
CineKino traces over one century of relations between French and German cinema, what brought them together from the very beginning and what separated them, what they have shared and what they have taught one another. Archival material, interviews and evocations of past sites combine to recount two histories, two filmmaking industries, depicting the complex, conflicting—or harmonious—relationships between French and German cultures, each with their distinctive traits.
From 3 p.m. :
Sur la piste de Fletcher Wade Moses
Bertrand Carrière, 2015
Duration: 21 minutes
French and English, with French subtitles
Documentary photographer Bertrand Carrière is fascinated by memory and the history of places. When he inherited a mysterious album of World War I photographs, he decided to set off on the trail of Fletcher Wade Moses, the album’s owner. This quest, spanning several years, took him to places transformed by war in France and Belgium, in search of a fading memory. He also meets the descendants of Fletcher Wade Moses. Above all, he attempts to understand the elusive character behind these disturbing photos.
Paolo Ventura, Vanishing Man
Erik Van Empel, 2015
Duration: 47 minutes
English and Italian, with English subtitles
North American premiere
Italian photographer Paolo Ventura (born in 1968) creates stories using the simplest of materials. He gave up a career as a fashion photographer because he felt compelled to photograph images that had haunted him since childhood, based on stories of the war his grandmother had told him. In a barn on a secluded mountaintop, he creates a timeless, melancholy world that is strangely disturbing, echoing the loneliness in which he grew up. The film presents a complex portrait of this fascinating artist and explores the themes in his work.
Jacqueline Salmon – l’art d’avancer masquée
Teri Wehn Damisch, 2016
Duration: 54 minutes
Original French version
Jacqueline Salmon is known for her documentary-style photography, mainly in the field of architecture, in which she captures changing sites whose destiny reflects our evolving society. Behind the framing and composition, director Teri Wehn Damisch has attempted to reveal the elements of a hidden autobiography. Underlying these recurring shots of buildings under construction is a body, in the construction site itself, following a serious accident.
At 5:30 p.m. :
Randall Wright, 2014
Duration: 112 minutes
Original English version
For the first time, David Hockney (b.1937) has given unprecedented access to his personal archive of photographs and films, resulting in a frank and unparalleled visual diary of one of the most important artists of his generation. From the “swinging London” of the 1960s to the thriving New York scene of today, from his years in Los Angeles to his painful memories of the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and ’90s, the film traces the artistic path of this charismatic rebel. Always searching for new ways of seeing, Hockney, at age 77, is still working with the same passion in the studio, seven days a week.
From 7:30 p.m.:
Debris | Débris
John Bolton, 2015
Duration: 15 minutes
English, with French subtitles
The film follows Pete Clarkson, an artist in Tofino, British Columbia, as he crafts a commemorative monument for the victims of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. A few years after this disaster, which had a profound effect on the artist, as bits of wood and other debris from Fukushima began washing ashore, he found his inspiration. The result is an evocative sculpture, a place of remembrance and contemplation, which forms an emotional bridge with people on the other side of the ocean.
La voix de la kora
Claudine Pommier, 2016
Duration: 45 minutes
French and English, with French subtitles
An instrument with a deep, delicate sound, the kora is a harp-lute that originated in West Africa. Traditionally, the kora is played by the griot, who is also a storyteller, poet, memory-keeper, advisor and diplomat. The griot talks and sings while playing extremely complex music that has been handed down from father to son and enriched by each generation. The film looks at the history and evolution of this instrument and explores the interaction between African and Western music.
Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey
Yvan Iturriaga and Raymond Telle, 2015
Duration: 53 minutes
Original English version
Milestones in the life of photographer Pedro E. Guerrero (1917-2012), including his 1939 meeting with architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona and his career as a reputed photographer in New York after the war. After Wright’s death, Guerrero worked with sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson, after he was blacklisted by magazines for his opposition to the Vietnam war. He spent his final years in Arizona. His second wife and archivist, Dixie Legler Guerrero, sculptor Maria Nevelson, friends, associates and architectural experts share insights and recollections.
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