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Le FIFA unveils the program for its 42nd edition


Le FIFA unveils the program for its 42nd edition

14 — 24 mars en salle
22 — 31 mars en ligne

Henriette Valium, Catherine Deneuve, Klaus Mäkelä, Manon Labrecque, Hofesh Shechter, Edward Hopper, Thomas Jolly, Mistaya Hemingway, Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau, Mies van der Rohe, Gaétan Soucy, Piotr Pavlenski, Marcelle Ferron, Kaveh Nabatian, les Pussy Riot, Barbara Dane, Alain Fleischer, Marlene Millar, Giacometti, Suzie LeBlanc, Nicolas Jarr, Loïe Fuller, Pierre Thibault, Mark Rothko, Patrice Chéreau, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Ila Bêka, Louise Lemoine, Lars Eidinger, Emmanuel Schwartz, Virginie Brunelle, George Platt Lynes, Roger Zmekhol and many others await you at this 42nd edition to make you experience art in a different way…

From behind-the-scenes creations to family stories, from technological issues to questions about our environment, portraits of forgotten artists, dissidents, new perspectives on the art of yesterday and today, views that propose building the world of tomorrow… It’s through all these perspectives imbued with sensitivity, fragility and passion, that this 42nd edition exalts human genius. Art, in its purest essence, which sublimates, overturns and upsets, is what the 42nd edition of the International Festival of Films on Art invites you to experience.

Over the 10 days of the festival, visitors will be able to discover no fewer than 164 films from 47 countries, including 39 world premieres and 33 Canadian premieres, at the Théâtre Outremont, the Cinéma du Musée, Concordia University, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the McCord Stewart Museum, the PHI Centre, the National Film Board of Canada. In Quebec City, the 42nd edition of Le FIFA will be held at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) from March 16 to 31. Programming also available online on the ARTS.FILM art film platform from March 22 to 31 (available across Quebec).

In addition to this exceptional program, the 42nd edition of Le FIFA will be hosting discussions with the wider arts and culture community on the challenges of distribution and creation. What is the power of women in the cultural community? What is the place of streaming platforms for films about art? What kind of cultural journalism for tomorrow? What are festivals for? These are just some of the burning questions to be discussed by over 600 professionals at presentations, panel discussions, conferences and workshops, most of which are open to the general public.

Le FIFA 42 also features free cultural events for all, presented in new venues such as Place Ville Marie (in partnership with Festival Art Souterrain) and on the façade of the Saint-Laurent metro station, in a co-production with Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles.

And what would Le FIFA be without its unforgettable evening events? This year, alongside Regards de femmes : Carte blanche à l’Institut du monde arabe, Le FIFA invites you to an evening in partnership with MUTEK and the Society for Arts and Technology, featuring Deena Abdelwahed, one of the most promising representatives of the Maghreb’s alternative electronic scene, Deena Abdelwahed, no less!

As a reminder, the 42nd edition of the Festival will open with Obvious, hackers de l’art by Thibaut Sève (France), in its North American premiere. Screened at the Théâtre Outremont in Montreal on Thursday, March 14, the film will be preceded by the Canadian premiere of The Great Endeavor by Liam Young (USA/​Australia), in competition. FIFA 42 in Quebec City opens on Saturday, March 16 at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) with the screening of Obvious, hackers de l’art

The 42nd in short
164 titles / 92 films directed or co-directed by women / 47 countries / 71 Canadian films / 12 screening venues / 27 films in international competition / 19 films in national competition / 8 awards / 39 world premieres / 47 North American premieres / 33 Canadian premieres / $75 + fees for the entire program / $14 + fees for single tickets

At the heart of the programming for the 42nd edition of Le FIFA, a central question emerges: that of our future. The films explore the impact of new technologies on the world of art — artificial intelligence, blockchain — and the implications they have for both art markets and the environment. How can we harmoniously combine technology and nature? How can we invent a world in which we choose to live? This requires a revolution in the way we look at things, but also the ability to see beyond our preconceptions and embrace new realities. That’s why, more than ever, Le FIFA is making room for women’s voices, for thoughts from the fringe, for rebellious spirits. Le FIFA celebrates the rediscovery of artists sidelined by history, inviting us to revisit the links with our roots. Through perspectives marked by sensitivity, fragility and passion, this edition exalts human genius, magnifying the contribution of artists to answering all these questions. All in a paradigm infused with intimacy, vulnerability and raw vitality. Art, in its purest essence, that sublimates, overturns and upsets. For all these reasons, now more than ever, we want Art!”

- Philippe U. del Drago, General and Artistic director of Le FIFA
Photo: Frédéric Girard

A national and international competition

The Competition is the Festival’s signature category, highlighting the artistic richness of today’s world through the work of inventive and daring filmmakers. This year, this category is enriched by a national section

Among the feature-length films in competition, don’t miss the inspiring journey of Mumbai street dancer Manish in Pip Gilmour and Leslie Shampaines Call Me Dancer. Visit the vast desert expanses of South Africa’s Karoo region, inhabited for centuries by indigenous peoples, with Dane Dodds!AITSA (Grand Prize for Best Artistic Achievement at the Pärnu Film Festival 2023). Discover the forgotten story of a 19th-century artist who single-handedly invented a whole new kind of performance combining dance, light, fabric and movement in Loïe Fuller — Obsessed with Light by Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum. On a national front, this year’s closing film, Sisyphe, features the performance of director, set designer, visual artist and photographer Victor Pilon, who accomplished the unimaginable by moving 300 tonnes of sand in 180 hours. See also German Gutierrezs documentary Lyne Lapointe — L’art et la matière, devoted to this extraordinary visual artist from Quebec.


In the short films competition category, discover; the moving story of transgender artist Jamie Diaz incarcerated in Texas with Love, Jamie by Karla Murthy (Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at Outfest Los Angeles), a documentary-poem-manifesto on the subversive and futuristic work of Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda, or, in national competition, the latest project by choreographer and dancer Mistaya Hemingway and Iranian-Canadian director Kaveh Nabatian with Forward Back.

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The world of tomorrow

Convinced that art is a powerful catalyst enabling each and every one of us to become involved in building tomorrow’s world, this year Le FIFA is showcasing films that cultivate art as an open-mindedness, that marry artistic practices and convictions, works that illustrate the reliefs of future cultures as well as the roots of our mutual origins.

The Festival will be presenting a program of artists’ films curated by Pascale Pronnier and Louise Déry, from Studio Le Fresnoy and Galerie de l’UQAM respectively, on our view of forests, as well as a number of films on the use of technology and its impact on our future, such as What the Punk, which follows the wildfire of CryptoPunks at the origin of the crypto art. In addition, two installations by Montreal artist Vincent Charlebois, accessible free of charge at Place Ville Marie and on the outskirts of the Saint-Laurent metro station, invite us to reflect on the relationship between technology and our experience of nature.

FIFA Expérimental

In this out-of-competition, invitation-only section, curated by Nicole Gingras, curator of visual and media arts, discover (in theatres only) four programs that focus on innovative approaches to film and video in three main areas: experience of place, creative processes and notions of mobility and identityé.

Also in Le FIFA Expérimental section, take a look at the Manon Labrecque focus, a tribute to the artist who passed away at the end of summer 2023, inviting you to explore 30 years of studio research and invention. An invitation to discover or revisit a unique work in the history of video.



La Nuit de la danse

Year after year, dance takes pride of place at Le FIFA. That’s why La Nuit de la danse will once again delight the dance community and fans of the body in motion. Today’s greatest talents will be on hand for this 3rd edition at Théâtre Outremont: Mistaya Hemingway, Kaveh Nabatian, Hofesh Shechter, Vickie Grondin, Marlene Millar, Laetitia Demessence, Cécile Rogue, Clara Rodríguez Arasanz, Loup-William Théberge and many others will present their latest creations on the (very) big screen.


Films directed and co-directed by women

Changing our perspective on the world is fundamental today, and this year more than half of the films presented are directed or co-directed by women. Whether it’s through the eyes of the beholder or the journeys of invisible women, Le FIFA will be presenting game-changing works that revisit the story we’ve been told. In The Mies van der Rohes — A Female Family Saga, for example, Sabine Gisiger portrays the famous architect through the eyes of the women who surrounded him, while filmmakers Clara and Julia Kuperberg (re)discover American director Dorothy Arzner, a pioneer of cinema in the 1920s who was the only woman director in Hollywood between 1927 and 1943. In the same vein, director Claude Hamels Ourse bleue, a feature-length documentary about cree-born author, painter, poet, sculptor and storyteller Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau, provides a counterpoint to the scant importance accorded to women artists and women in general once they’ve passed their prime.



Architectural films are all about choice: who are we building for? From Le Corbusier (The Power of Utopia — Living with Le Corbusier in Chandigarh by Karin Bucher and Thomas Karrer) to Roger Zmekhol (Skin of Glass by Denise Zmekhol), architecture questions the space inhabited by its own occupants. In the fascinating Rehab (from rehab), Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine offer us a sensitive and personal look at the design of care spaces in hospitals. Produced by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Daniel Schwartzs Where We Grow Older examines how aging demographic growth is reshaping architectural and social constructions. Finally, the film Green Over Gray: Emilio Ambasz by Mattia Colombo and Francesca Molteni explores the green architecture revolution through the landmark projects of a pioneer in the climate impact debate


Proud and strong

The 42nd edition of FIFA also gives a voice to dissidents with Pussy Riot, Rage Against Putin, Crash Test (about the controversial artist Piotr Pavlenski) and Queendom, a magnificent film about Gena Marvin, a performance artist from the far east of Russia, but also to combatants, with Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano, documenting the shooting of the film Costa Brava, Lebanon, directed by Mounia Akl and shot in the aftermath of the deadly explosion in the port of Beirut in August 2020. This 42nd edition will also showcase the struggles of artists from the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, including the fantastic Baby Queen, which offers a poignant perspective on queer realities in Singapore through the life of drag queen Opera Tang.


On the music front, Le FIFA presents a duo of films based on the Opéra national de Paris’ production of Charles Gounods Roméo et Juliette: a documentary on the staging by Thomas Jolly, who will conduct the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, followed by an exceptional recording of the opera itself. Discover the prodigious Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä, who confides in Bruno Monsaingeons camera. A unique visual concert experience with soprano Suzie LeBlanc also awaits you with the Mouvance project, a profound reflection on exile and uprooting in Acadian lands (soprano Suzie LeBlanc is nominated for Classical Album of the Year with Mouvance at the 53rd Juno Awards).


La Nuit du court

A laboratory for experimentation, a laboratory for the next generation, a perilous cinematic exercise, the short film will be seen in a big way at Concordia University. With a selection of films that will transport you to the four corners of the globe, from Mexico to South Korea, via Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Canada and many other destinations, this first edition of La Nuit du court promises to be grandiose, with films by Laura Bari, Mathieu Fortin, Sasha Theodora, Filémon Brault-Archambeault, Emilie Racine, Katherine Knight, Anthony Von Seck, Robin Pineda Gould, Jules de Niverville and Marc Kandalaft.


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Cartes blanches

Last but not least, FIFA’s Cartes blanches offer artists and curators a space for expression and sharing, opening doors to discovery and dialogue: Andreina Aveledo with a carte blanche devoted to fashion, and the Institut du Monde Arabe will be honoring women directors from several Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine) as well as from Iran. A carte blanche on the theme of intimate explorations will also be given to director Khoa Lê.


The juries

Recognized by critics and the general public for their creativity, their careers, and their influence in Canada and abroad, the members of the prestigious juries for the 42nd edition will will award 7 prizes.