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Renegade Breakdown Live (VOF-VOA)
Norman-McLaren Room
July 3rd - 6th, 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 de Marie Davidson et Denis Côté

Renegade Breakdown Live
Directed by
Denis Côté
English and French version
54 min

"Far more than your average livestream show, ‘Renegade Breakdown Live’ is an ultra-stylised, noirish performance film (complete with arthouse-inspired posters). Envisioned as a “laboratory experiment”, the freeform concert was shot and directed by experimental Quebecois filmmaker Denis Côté, who captured French-Canadian techno titan Marie Davidson – formerly a solo producer – and her new band L’Œil Nu’s first-ever performance. [...]" (Ben Jolley, NME, 2021)

Renegade Breakdown Live

Denis Côté

Denis Côté (1973 – New Brunswick, Canada) founded nihilproductions in the 1990’s and shot about 15 short films. He was a journalist and film critic before directing his first feature film Les états nordiques in 2005, beginning a sustained collaboration with producer Stéphanie Morissette that continued with Nos vies privées in 2007; then Curling, his fifth feature film, which won top honors at the Locarno Film Festival and was shown in over 70 festivals. His films have been shown in dozens of cinematic events. His first feature film under the umbrella of La maison de prod, Vic+Flo ont vu un ours, won the Silver Bear/Alfred Bauer Prize for Innovation at the 2013 Berlinale in Germany.


Marie Davidson & L’Oeil nu dans l’oeil de Denis Côté

Lorsqu’est paru leur premier album, Renegade Breakdown, en septembre dernier, Marie Davidson, Pierre Guerineau et Asaël R. Robitaille caressaient encore l’espoir de faire un concert de lancement à Montréal, puis de partir en tournée. Ils se sont vite rendu compte que ce ne serait pas possible...

About Denis Côté