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Téléphone + Strass Café

Téléphone + Strass Café (French)
Location
Main screening room
Date
March 8th, 2024
Duration
66 min
Cycle
International Women's Rights Day

On this day, March 8, we invite you to rediscover the audacious works of three women directors, in which voice and speech play a key role. Recently restored by the Cinémathèque québécoise, Luce Roy's Téléphone and Léa Pool's Strass Café are two examples of the creative dynamism of women's production in Quebec in the 1980s. Preserved in our collections, Marguerite Duras's Le Navire Night has lost none of its subversive modernity.

Téléphone
Directed by
Luce Roy
Language
French
Origins
Quebec
Year
1985
Duration
4 min
Genre
Animation
Format
Digital
Synopsis

A short animated film sparkling with invention, intelligence, simplicity and effectiveness. The telephone is the central point around which a cartoonist lives her profession in a feverish daily routine that comes to life before our very eyes, straight from the artist's drawing board.

Téléphone
Strass Café
Directed by
Léa Pool
Language
French
Actors
Luc Caron, Céline Lacoste
Origins
Quebec
Year
1980
Duration
62 min
Genre
Drama
Format
Digital
Synopsis

An empty port. The neon lights of the Strass Café flash in the early morning. A man walks along the walls of the deserted city. A woman, alone in an empty apartment, calls. In vain.

Strass Café

Léa Pool

Léa Pool was born and raised in Switzerland, before emigrating to Quebec in 1975 at the age of 25. After studying communication, she taught cinema and video at UQAM, while producing TV programs and her first films. Esteemed by the public and the critics alike, the works she produced in the 80’s (Strass Café, La femme de l'hôtel, Anne Trister, À corps perdu), stood out at international festivals and already bear witness to the filmmaker's favorite themes: quests for individual meaning, feminine trajectories, intimate relationships... Her fiction work of the 90’s cemented her place in Quebec cinematography while she started to veer towards documentary cinema. Over the past two decades, Léa Pool has produced several international co-productions, as well as her greatest public success: La passion d’Augustine (2015). Her work has been regularly honored around the world, earning her prestigious distinctions.

Photo : Monic Richard

Explore

Strass Café. Un lieu qui m'habite. Ni le Québec, ni la Suisse. L'histoire d'une rencontre entre deux êtres. Jamais vue. Vécue à travers deux solitudes. Une porte vers l'imaginaire. Vers l'inconscient.
Léa Pool
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About Léa Pool
Filmography | Director
Filmography | Writer

Léa Pool: the one who reivented herself as a filmmaker

Few women were directors in Quebec when Léa Pool made her debut. She says that she has never made this femininity a driving force or seen it as a brake, but she has patiently built a body of work paying homage to women through complex mother-daughter relationships. Meeting with the one whose painful childhood ended up being scarred by the cinema.

Léa Pool: 3 true stories (French)
DAMES DES VUES: a Léa Pool Portrait (French)

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The restoration of this film is part of the implementation of a measure in Quebec's Digital Cultural Plan.