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Norman-McLaren room
July 1st - 4th, 2021
54 min

Our summer cycle will be festive or not. Sound and image, song and dance, instrument and breathing, strings and gestures: so many possible combinations to express what cinema and music can achieve and express together. Musicals, concert films, catchy music. Jazz, classical, contemporary, disco, punk... Revolt and enchantment, distress and emphasis, joy and rhythm, melancholy and bass, laughter and stridency: diverse expressions characterizing cinema and music's historical alliance, will definitely make us fly, dream, dance!

From the 30's to the present day and across all possible genres, this cycle aims to open our minds at a time when we most need it. The first week of July will be an eventful one, as the cycle will open with several evenings in cabaret mode, where we will present for the first time concert films produced in Quebec during the confinement, with the participation of major artists of the current music scene: Klô Pelgag, Marie Davidson and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

En présence des réalisateurs le 1er juillet.

AT STATE’S END! - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Directed by
Karl Lemieux, Philippe Léonard
Without dialog
54 min
Experimental, music

On March 27th, 2021, Godspeed You! Black Emperor invited fans to a visual album event, presenting its concert film projections in an official capacity for the first time in the band’s 25-year history. GY!BE filmmakers/projectionists Karl Lemieux & Philippe Leonard set up their six 16mm analog projectors in an empty Cinema Imperial in Montréal, spooling dozens of film loops & short reels for a hallmark Godspeed concert experience, set to the band’s new recording.

AT STATE’S END! - Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Karl Lemieux

Karl Lemieux is a Canadian film director best known for his collaborations with Montreal-based post rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor and his film Shambles. He joined the band in 2010, when it came back after a seven-year hiatus, providing film projections shown at live concerts. Those projections largely consist of expressionist tapes shot at empty roads in Canada. In 2015, together with his bandmate David Bryant, Lemieux co-directed the experimental documentary short Quiet Zone, which was nominated for Best Short Documentary at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards. His feature film debut, Shambles, premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2016. In 2019 he was one of seven directors, alongside Kaveh Nabatian, Juan Andrés Arango, Sophie Deraspe, Sophie Goyette, Ariane Lorrain and Caroline Monnet, of the anthology film The Seven Last Words.

Philippe Léonard

Philippe Leonard vit et travaille à New York, il développe depuis plusieurs années une pratique artistique axée sur les images fixes et animées, que ce soit à travers le cinéma, la photographie, la performance ou les installations. Ses réflexions théoriques et esthétiques portent sur la temporalité complexe des images fixes, la dimension spectrale des espaces physiques et sur les pratiques documentaires expérimentales. (Light Cone)


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Le souffle Godspeed ★★★½

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