34th edition of the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA)

Saturday, March 19, from 12:30 p.m.

Photo : Voir l'invisible ® Daniel Brière

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.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

From 12:30 p.m.:

Voir l’invisible
Louise Lamarre, 2015
Duration: 48 minutes
French and English, with French subtitles
World premiere

Voir l’invisible (Beyond Sight) gives a voice to the Inuit and shows how their fears and future projects for the north could become a reality in the long term. The film explores Inuit art, culture, real and imagined landscapes of the Far North, the transformation of their way of life and the many issues associated with climate change that could open the mythical Northwest Passage to commercial shipping.

Sharing Through the Generations | Le chemin partagé
Alain Boisvert, 2015
Duration: 22 minutes
English and Mohawk, with French subtitles
World premiere
In the presence of the director

In 2014, Akwesasne band council chiefs and Quebec government officials launched a unique project. Natasha Smoke Santiago, a Mohawk artist living in Akwesasne, and John Ryan, an artist from Quebec’s Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent, would work to produce paintings depicting each other’s traditions. This is the story of the artists’ journey, about friendships, about love for art and culture, and how knowledge can be shared across générations.

The two directors, Louise Lamarre and Alain Boisvert, will be available for a discussion with the audience.

Free admission to our exhibitions Wearing our identity. The First Peoples collection and Decolonial Gestures or Doing it Wrong? Refaire le chemin. for FIFA audience attending to the double projection of March 19, at 12 :30 p.m.  

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From 3 p.m.:

Révérence : projet Monarque
Jean-Nicolas Orhon, 2015
Duration: 13 minutes
Original French version
World premiere

The process of creating a work that combines art and science. Steven Spazuk and Danielle Delhaes collected thousands of traces of monarch butterflies in their natural habitat using soot on cardboard. The film follows the trail of these endangered insects from Mexico to Quebec. The pixels have been cut and assembled into a unique image that makes us aware of the precariousness of animal and plant life.

Jamian Juliano-Villani’s Painting Compulsion
Rafael Salazar and Ava Wiland, 2015
United States
Duration: 6 minutes
Original English version
Canadian premiere

What makes a painter paint? The Brooklyn studio of artist Jamian Juliano-Villani is crowded with a wildly varied collection of books, ranging from ’70s-era fashion to commercial illustration, from Scientific American-style photography to obscure European comic art. This vast image bank is the foundation for her mash-up creative process. Long attracted to cartoons, the artist borrows from illustration as a way to deflate painting’s historical pretensions and to speak in a more direct language.

Jean-François Gratton and Matt Zimbel, 2015
Duration: 90 minutes
Original English version
World premiere

Armed with his Leica, photographer George Zimbel (b.1929) showed less interest in celebrities than ordinary people—which didn’t stop him from photographing Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Harry Truman and Richard Nixon. With his unique way of viewing the human experience, Zimbel is unrivalled in his ability to tell a story in a single 35mm frame. This profile is a reflective voyage through the back half of the 20th century, framed with presidents, farmers, prime ministers, railroad engineers, movie stars, children and architectural works.

From 5:30 p.m.:

Hubert de Givenchy, un destin Haute Couture | A Life in Haute Couture
Eric Pellerin De Turckheim, 2015
Duration: 52 minutes
Original French version, with English subtitles
North American premiere

Among the 20th century’s most talented fashion designers, Hubert de Givenchy is also among the most discreet. For the first time, he describes the events that marked his artistic path: his memories of childhood, the magic of Hollywood film sets, the excitement of his first show, the rise of his international brand, the exuberance of post-war Paris, and special moments spent with Audrey Hepburn, Balenciaga, Marlene Dietrich and many others.

Yves Saint Laurent / Karl Lagerfeld : une guerre en dentelles
Stephan Kopecki, 2014
Duration: 52 minutes
Original French version
North American premiere

Karl Lagerfeld (born in 1935) and Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008) belong to the same generation. Although they were very close when they were starting out, the relationship between the two fashion designers was at times fractious up until Saint Laurent’s death. The fashion world has offten viewed them as rivals, even if they always held each other in high esteem. Interviews and archival photographs bring to life a half-century of fashion and haute couture and look back at the evolution of French society from 1960 to the 2000s.

From 7:30 p.m.:

Le cercle de Kantor | Krag Kantora
Adrianna Ksiazek and Iwo Ksiazek, 2015
Duration: 58 minutes
Original Polish version, with French subtitles
North American premiere

In Krakow in 1942, at the height of the Nazi occupation, Tadeusz Kantor, the eminent Polish director who would revolutionize European theatre with his play, Dead Class, created independent underground theatre together with young artists.The film sheds light on the beginnings of this group that would go on to become figures in the Polish avant-garde of the 20th century. They include painters Jerzy Nowosielski, Tadeusz Brzozowski, Jerzy Kujawski and future filmmaker Wojciech Jerzy Has.

Le paradis perdu – Arvo Pärt | Robert Wilson
Günter Atteln, 2015
Germany | Estonia
Durée : 56 minutes
Estonian, English and German with French subtitles
Montréal premiere

Among the most-performed composers of our time, Estonian Arvo Pärt, now 80, rarely appears in public. He is content to immerse himself in his music. A devoutly religious man, Pärt was forced to leave his native county in 1980. He eventually settled in Berlin. This biography is centered around Adam’s Passion, a collaboration with stage director Robert Wilson. Over the course of a year, the director followed the composer to Estonia, the Vatican and Japan, where he was awarded the Praemium Imperiale.


Consult the complete program of screenings on Friday, March 11; Saturday, March 12; and Sunday, March 20, 2016.

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