All our good ideas are based on the same principle: the experience of films is best shared. It is in this spirit that we present Champ Libre, a new series of screenings where films are selected by guests. Influence, recent discovery, amused curiosity, dialogue with their work… our guests will have the opportunity to express to the public the reasons for their choice and to share what inspires them in these films. For the first chapter of the series, we’re giving free rein to local filmmakers!
Champ libre: Alain Farah
This feature film made during an exceptionally feverish period of popular revolt that saw the coming together of Quebec’s 3 main unions (CSN, FTQ, CEQ) is a cinematic tract, propped against the backdrop of the 1970 October Crisis.
Champ libre: Lina Rodríguez
Suzanne, a fifteen-year-old Parisian, embarks on a sexual rampage in an effort to separate herself from her overbearing, beloved father, ineffectual mother, and brutish brother.
language: French, English
Champ Libre: Sylvain L'Espérance
Montreal artist-director Charles-André Coderre pushes the boundaries of the traditional cinematic experience. His path has led him to experimental analog production and real-time film work. His work will be screened in digital version.
Champ libre: Joseph Amenta
Fifteen-year-old Mia lives with her mother and sister in the Essex housing projects. Mia’s adolescent turmoil and emerging sexuality reach a boiling point when her mother’s new lover enters the picture.
Netherlands, United Kingdom
Champ libre : Émilie B. Guérette
An inspired and intimate portrait of two young African-Americans from rural Hale County, Alabama, shot over a five-year period.
Champ libre : Laurence Turcotte-Fraser
A straightforward account of a grueling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, the camera acts as witness to a thirteen-months heartbreaking struggle between a community fighting for survival and a company intent only on profit.
Champ libre: Olivier Godin
A young actress is miraculously rescued from the rubble of a nuclear explosion. Irradiated, she is treated with a curious mushroom discovered during the disaster…
Literary champ libre : Olivia Tapeiro
Olivia Tapiero has chosen two films made from scraps of other films, residues used to comment obliquely on the ravages of the West.
Champ libre: Lawrence Côté-Collins
With a news cameraman hot on their heels, two police officers raid a crack house. But things go wrong: the junkies are armed. In the stampede, the trio is taken hostage.
Champ Libre: Miryam Charles
After the death of famous runner Jeffrey Jacobs, the Jamaican public becomes enamored with the details of his life and speculates as to the motivation for his murder. Jeffrey’s father struggles to grieve while inundated by the inescapable media coverage.
Champ libre: Pablo Alvarez Mesa
As part of the Champ libre series, we invited Pablo Alvarez Mesa to create a program around his film Infinite Distances. He selected works by Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko, Melanie Shatzky and Brian M. Cassidy.
Program of three films
Champ libre: Graham Foy
Seattle, 1983. Taking to the streets of what was supposed to be America’s most livable city, a filmmaker, a photographer and a journalist set out to tell the story of those society had left behind: the homeless and teenage runaways living on the city’s margins.
Champ libre: Antoine Bourges
This film pivots on representation and self-representation. Here, a Roma family rehearses the stories of their past for the upcoming hearing on their residency status.
Andrea Bussmann, Nicolás Pereda
Champ libre: Daphné B.
Through Sylvie Laliberté’s films, Daphné B. is interested in self-representation, a form of orchestrated “naiveté” and the codes of femininity.
Champ libre: Jacquelyn Mills
Shot over a period of 6 years with an approach devoid of judgment or voyeurism, the film follows the rare ups and all-too-frequent downs in the lives of three homeless men — John Claven, his brother Danny, and their mentor Frank O’Malley — in downtown Montreal.