Cinéastes cœur à cœur

This series offers the chance for a guest filmmaker to present their film and share with our public a Canadian film they love, which will be the subject of a privileged discussion between the two directors. Cinéma Public thanks the Canada Council for the Arts for its support.

Past program


Americano

Americano is a personal journey through the back alleys of the Americas, from Patagonia to Nu-navut, by Peruvian-Québécois filmmaker Carlos Ferrand.

Carlos Ferrand
Quebec (Canada)

language: French, Spanish
subtitles: French

110 min

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Animal Macula

Animal Macula is the result of in-depth archaeological work into the depiction of animals in world cinema over the past 125 years. Sylvain L’Espérance provides a thoughtful compilation that highlights the complex relationship between humans and animals.

Sylvain L'Espérance
Quebec (Canada)

language: no dialogue

81 min

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Bicentenario + Altiplano

Two singular perspectives on the geography of South America. Bicentenario probes the Colombian territory in search of the ghost of Simón Bolívar. Altiplano reaches for the sublime by fusing aspects of the Atacama Desert in Chile.

Pablo Álvarez Mesa, Malena Szlam
Canada, Colombia
Canada, Chile

language: Spanish
No dialogues
subtitles: English

43 + 15 min

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Bicentenario + Los últimos cristeros

Two films that tackle the history of Latin America head on. One traces Simon Bolivar’s journey in Colombia, two hundred years after his campaign for liberation. The other looks at the final chapters of the Cristero War in Mexico.

Pablo Álvarez Mesa, Matias Meyer
Colombia, Mexico

language: Spanish
subtitles: English

43 + 89 min

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Claire l'hiver

As a malfunctioning cargo spaceship is threatening to crash to the Earth, Claire is going through a difficult winter.

Sophie Bédard Marcotte
Canada

language: françaiss

65 min

Homegrown cinema


Damascus Dreams

Émilie Serri was born in Canada. She had only visited Syria, her father’s country, a few times prior to the start of the civil war. Following her grandmother’s death, a desire grew within her to form a stronger connection to this country of which she knew so little.

Émilie Serri
Canada

language: French, Arabic
subtitles: French or English

84 min

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Fauna

When estranged siblings Luisa and Gabino visit their parents in an eerily deserted mining town in the north of Mexico, the presence of Luisa’s affable actor boyfriend, Paco, gives rise to awkward scenarios.

Nicolás Pereda
Mexico, Canada

language: Spanish
subtitles: English

70 min

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In Her Place

A wealthy woman from Seoul seeks to secretly adopt the unborn child of a troubled teenager from a desolate farm in the South Korean countryside. As the teenager’s pregnancy progresses, their business transaction becomes something that is far more complicated than they first expected.

Albert Shin
Canada, South Korea

language: Korean
subtitles: English

116 min

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Inès

Confined to a room for ten years, Ines’ mother has lost all contact with reality. Her daughter tries to dialogue with her while maintaining a disturbingly fusional relationship with her father, a shadowy man. Pushed to emancipate herself, the young girl multiplies experiences, confusedly searching for who she is.

Renée Beaulieu
Canada

language: French
subtitles: English

86 min

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Jimmywork

An eclectic portrait of a true scumbag, Jimmywork tells the story of Jimmy, who at the dawn of his 50th birthday finds himself at a crossroads in his life. Professional drunkard and schemer at times, for him it’s now or never, he wants to get out of this mediocre existence.

Simon Sauvé
Canada

language: English, French
subtitles: English

81 min

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My Dearest Sister

A filmmaker’s personal journey to reconnect with her sister, a successful potter living in the ruins of Fukushima is interlocked with her spiritual quest of bridging East and West, feminine and masculine, shadow and light.

Kyoka Tsukamoto
Canada, Japan

language: French or English, Japanese
subtitles: French or English

77 min

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Pink Lake

A thoughtful drama examining the complexities of both romantic partnership and prospective parenthood as a couple decides whether or not to help a close friend become pregnant.

Emily Gan, Daniel Schachter
Canada

language: English

80 min

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Prière pour une mitaine perdue

Night has fallen and Montreal is under a blanket of snow. At the City Transit Company, people line up at the lost and found office where, losing something becomes a symbol of a deeper loss.

Jean-François Lesage
Quebec (Canada)

language: French
subtitles: English

79 min

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Sashinka

On the eve of her first show, singer-keyboardist Sasha must deal with the sudden return of her mother Elena, a whimsical and self-destructive Russian immigrant.

Kristine Wagenbauer
Canada

language: French
subtitles: English

78 min

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Ta peau si lisse

Jean-François, Ronald, Alexis, Cédric, Benoit and Maxim are modern day gladiators. From the strongman to the high level bodybuilder to the veteran who became a trainer, they all share the same definition and the same obsession with surpassing themselves.

Denis Côté
France, Canada, Switzerland

language: French
subtitles: English

92 min

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The First Winter

A young man in Portugal impregnates a vacationing Canadian and must face the inhospitable prairie landscape and its hopeless denizens when he emigrates to join her.

Ryan McKenna
Canada

language: English
subtitles: French

73 min

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The White Fortress

When a chance encounter brings together two teens from opposite sides of life in post-war Sarajevo, a blossoming romance conceals their desperate and disturbing motives.

Igor Drljaca
Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina

language: Bosnian, English
subtitles: English

88 min

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Très belle journée

Jeremie, a bike messenger, travels the city at full speed; he delivers anonymous backpacks, blindly following the instructions of his boss Dom. His daily life is disrupted by the arrival of a new neighbour, a famous Instagrammer for whom he develops a fascination. 

Patrice Laliberté
Canada

language: French
subtitles: English

75 min

Past program


zo reken

The vehicle – nicknamed zo reken by locals – is used by the many NGOs that have appeared in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake; in this film, it becomes a space for Haitians’ voices to be heard.

Emanuel Licha
Quebec (Canada)

language: French, Haitian Creole
subtitles: French

86 min

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