June 1st 2010

A tribute to Anastasia Lapsui and Markku Lehmuskallio

At the Cinémathèque québécoise June 20 to 23 Montreal, June 1, 2010 – From June 20 to 23, the Cinémathèque québécoise pays tribute to the filmmakers Anastasia Lapsui and Markku Lehmuskallio, as part of the 20th edition of the Montreal First Peoples Festival. The two Finnish documentarists, who have filmed aboriginal people around the world, are widely acclaimed for their body of work. After first drawing notice for Seven Songs from the Tundra, for more than 20 years Anastasia Lapsui and Markku Lehmuskallio have made films that chronicle the history and daily life of aboriginal peoples from Siberia, Greenland, northern Canada and Scandinavia. After joining forces with Markku, a former woodsman turned filmmaker, Anastasia, a former radio journalist, recounted the tragic legends of her own people, the Nenets. These two impassioned creators invented a cinema of resistance, in which the breathtaking beauty of the imagery is steeped in the spirit of timeless legends. This film series, fascinating from both anthropological and aesthetic points of view, was programmed in collaboration with André Dudemaine, the cultural activities director for LandInSights. The retrospective opens on June 20 at 5 p.m. with Seven Songs from the Tundra (1999), in which the filmmakers brilliantly subvert the formal conventions of classic Soviet cinema, followed at 7 p.m. by Pudana, Last of The Line (2009), their latest film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Festival international de films de femmes, Créteil 2010. All screenings will feature an introduction and commentary by Johannes Lehmuskallio, the director of photography for Fata Morgana (2004) and A Bride of the Seventh Heaven (2004), which are also part of this tribute. For full program details: www.cinematheque.qc.ca. The Cinémathèque québécoise is Montreal’s museum of moving images. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, document and promote film, television and new media works for historical, educational and artistic purposes. - 30 - Contact: Julie Rainville, Media Relations and Promotions Agent 514-842-9768, ext. 255 jrainville@cinematheque.qc.ca Cinémathèque québécoise 335 De Maisonneuve Blvd. East, Montréal (Berri-UQAM Métro).