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La suite canadienne (French and English with French subtitles)
Location
Fernand-Seguin screening room
Date
February 9th - 15th, 2024
Duration
68 min
Cycle
New releases

The mission of the Centre d'art et essai de la Cinémathèque québécoise (CAECQ) is to primary program Quebec-made documentaries and independent fiction, as well as international documentaries, animated and foreign films, while encouraging opportunities for meetings between the public and the artists. Its programming is presented in conjunction with the Cinémathèque québécoise’s under the label New releases.

The February 9 and 12 screenings will be followed by a Q&A

Suite canadienne
Directed by
Olivier Godin
Language
French and English with French subtitles
Origins
Québec
Year
2023
Duration
68 min
Genre
Documentary
Format
Digital
Synopsis

In 1958, Radio-Canada’s L’heure du concert screened Suite canadienne, a piece now considered a cornerstone of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Over 50 years later, a dance troupe pays tribute to the work while taking a decolonial and introspective approach, questioning notions of national identity through dance. Olivier Godin immerses himself in the daily life of rehearsals and weaves an element of hybridity between documentary and fiction, bringing Ludmilla Chiriaeff—the original choreographer of Suite canadienne, who passed in 1996—back to life. Reality thus borrows from the creative capacities of film, underlining the playful and reflexive potential of art in all its forms. (RIDM)

Suite canadienne

The film will be presented with French subtitles.

Olivier Godin

Olivier Godin studied cinema at Collège Ahuntsic, then at Concordia University. After graduating, he directed several films independently, developing a fragile, artisanal approach to filmmaking. His short films La boutique de forge (2012) and Feu de Bengale (2014) each won Best Canadian Short at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma. In 2013, he was awarded the CALQ prize for Full Love, voted best work of art and experimentation. In 2014, a first retrospective of his work was presented at the Cinémathèque québécoise, the same year as the release of Nouvelles Nouvelles, his highly acclaimed second feature. He also directed the feature films Les arts de la parole (2016) and Irlande Cahier Bleu (2023).

Photo: Michael Yaroshevsky

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