L E   F I F A
L E   F I F A
Purple City

World Premiere

Purple City

Noam Gonick, Michael Walker

Canada | 2022 | 19 min
Purple City is a fascinating exploration of the mythologies surrounding the hundred-year-old statue The Golden Boy. Incorporating dance, animation, and re-enactments, the film, directed by queer filmmakers and artists, imagines the lost identities of the models used for Parisian sculptor Georges Gardets work Eternal Youth. From hermetic Greco-Roman cult to two-spirited heritage, this film, told from the filmmakers’ point of view, offers a unique perspective on Winnipeg’s famous mascot as seen from a rent-controlled building. Get swept into this imaginary world and discover the hidden stories behind The Golden Boy.

In presence of the film crew on March 18, 2023 at the Centre Canadien d’Architecture in Montreal
Director Noam Gonick, Michael Walker
Script Pearl, Boris Michaluk
Executive Production Doug Holmes
Editing Simmons Ryan
Camera Kaoru Suzuki, Josh Marr
Colorization Galen Johnson
Choreography Alexandir Hedrich, Tina Chen
Cast Erryn Schau, Louis Bako, Neil Bingham, Ali Cerlige, Richie Diggs, Trevor Kristjansson, Suzanne Pringle, Abdul Turay, Chance Taylor, Olivier Roy Martin
Narration Michael O'Sullivan
Sound Ben Williams
Sound mixing John Schritt
Cinematography Simmons Ryan, Brian Rougeau
Music Erik Satie
Animation Leslie Supnet


• Centre Canadien d’Architecture
Saturday, march 18, 2023, 08:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.


Noam Gonick

Noam Gonick

A filmmaker and artist, Noam Gonick has an enduring interest in social activism, sexuality and our connections across racial and class divides, often influenced by the palette of his hometown, Winnipeg. Uprisings, protests, marches and dancing are recurrent motifs across a variety of media. His interests include eco-restoration, with the establishment of Camp Kitigay on the shores of Lake Winnipeg in collaboration with the Brokenhead Ojibway nation.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Other films:
Taken (TV) (2016)
To Russia with Love (GLAAD Nominated) (2014)
Voices in Longitude and Latitude (2014)
Pussyfingers Goes to Paris (2013)
What If? (2011)
Michael Walker

Michael Walker

An art photographer with a worldwide following on social media (<200,000 on Instagram), Michael’s work is primarily self-portraiture with a focus on his own body within a domestic sphere. In university he enrolled in Gender Studies and one highlight of his career to date was meeting James Bidgood (Pink Narcissus) to discuss a collaboration. Purple City is his first film, both as an actor and director.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team

In the same session

Centre Canadien d’Architecture

Saturday, march 18, 2023, 08:00 p.m.

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