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Four Chambers to the Heart

Montreal Premiere

Four Chambers to the Heart

Kostas Ioannidis, Johan Grimonprez

Belgium, Netherlands | 2022 | 9 min
English |
Subtitles: French
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Palermo, 1624. At 94, quarantined due to the plague, Italian painter Sofonisba Anguissola writes her last letters to her pupil and future Flemish master Anton Van Dyck. Selected for the Hot Docs — Canadian International Documentary Festival, this animated short film highlights the journey of an artist whose fame was worldwide before falling into oblivion.
Other festivals:
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Canada (2023)
Art Film Fest Košice, Slovakia (2023)
Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Canada (2023)
Savannah Film Festival, United States (2023)
Director Johan Grimonprez, Kostas Ioannidis
Editing Carolina Laghezzal
Cinematography Kostas Ioannidis
Music Karsten Fundal


• Cinéma du Musée - Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings
Friday, march 15, 2024, 05:45 p.m. — 07:00 p.m.


Kostas Ioannidis

Kostas Ioannidis

Through sound installations, films, sculptures and drawings I want to explore the process of storytelling by questioning the way we perceive time and space. Through displacement of sound, I wish to create unanticipated situations in unexpected places, triggering questions regarding objective and subjective perceptions, reality and illusion.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Johan Grimonprez

Johan Grimonprez

Johan Grimonprezs critically acclaimed work dances on the borders of practice and theory, art and cinema, documentary and fiction, demanding a double take on the part of the viewer. Informed by an archeology of present-day media, his work seeks out the tension between the intimate and the bigger picture of globalization. It questions our contemporary sublime, one framed by a fear industry that has infected political and social dialogue. By suggesting new narratives through which to tell a story, his work emphasizes a multiplicity of realities.
Grimonprez’s curatorial projects have been exhibited at museums worldwide, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and MoMA. His works are in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; and Tate Modern, London. His feature films include dial H‑I-S-T-O-R‑Y (1997, in collaboration with novelist Don DeLillo, selected by the Guardian as one of the 30 great works in the history of video art”), Double Take (2009, in collaboration with writer Tom McCarthy) and Shadow World (2016, in combination with journalist Andrew Feinstein). Traveling the main festival circuit from the Berlinale, Tribeca to Sundance, they garnered several Best Director awards, the 2005 ZKM International Media Award, a Spirit Award and the 2009 Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and were also acquired by NBC Universal, ARTE, and BBC/FILM 4.
He published several books, including Inflight (2000), Looking for Alfred (2007) and a reader titled It’s a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards (2011) with contributions by Jodi Dean, Thomas Elsaesser, Tom McCarthy, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Slavoj Žižek.
He lectured widely, among others at the University de Saint-Denis (Paris 8), Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics; Tate Modern; MoMA (New York); Columbia University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); the Parliament of Bodies of Documenta 14, and he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and is now on a research grant at HOGENT/KASK, Ghent.

His recent film project (with investigative journalist Andrew Feinstein), Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, was awarded a production grant from the Sundance Institute, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca IFF (New York). It went on to win the Best Documentary Feature Award at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival, and premiered its US broadcast on Independent Lens on PBS in 2017.
Currently Grimonprez is developing Soundtrack to a Coup d’État, a feature film with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in the lead, also featuring prime minister Patrice Lumumba, shuttle diplomat Dag Hammarskjold and jazz ambassadors Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie & Duke Ellington, in a harrowing tale of cold war intrigue and termite poop, that is about to run off-script.

His artwork is represented by the Sean Kelly Gallery (New York), and gallerie kamel mennour (Paris).

Biographical notes provided by the film production team

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Cinéma du Musée - Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings

Friday, march 15, 2024, 05:45 p.m.

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