Amos Gitaï retrospective at the Cinémathèque québécoise for the 40th anniversary of the Festival du nouveau cinéma
The Cinémathèque québécoise is proud to be once again associated with the Festival du nouveau cinéma. On the occasion of its 40th edition, we will be presenting the cycle Amos Gitaï: Architectures de l’identité, which will include a retrospective, an artistic installation as well as a master class given by the renowned Israeli filmmaker. This special programming will take place from October 13th to 30th at the Cinémathèque québécoise. In addition, for the fourth year running, the Grand Prix Focuswill be awarded during the Festival’s closing evening to the best Québécois or Canadian feature film screened in the Focus section.
Amos Gitaï retrospective- 13th to 20th of October
The Amos Gitaï: Architectures de l’identité retrospective traces the prolific career of the filmmaker, from his first documentaries dating back to the 1980s, to his most recent fiction films. A trained architect, Gitaï began shooting movies some 30 years ago, while he was a soldier during the Yom Kippur War. Through his rigorous and coherent body of work, his concerns with questions that affect his country and the contemporary world truly stand out. Amos Gitaï will be giving a master class on October 15th at 5pm, at Salle Claude-Jutra, which will be followed by the screenings of two of his films Esther (1983) and Field Diary (1983). This special programming is presented by the Cinémathèque québécoise and the Festival du nouveau cinéma, in collaboration with the Chaire René-Malo, the Consulat général de France and the Consulate of Israel.
TRACES, a video installation- 13thto 30thof October
Through the video installation TRACES, Amos Gitaï explores themes of memory, identity and exile. Built around fragments from his films, including the recent Lullaby to my father, honouring his own father, a former Bauhaus architect, the artistic installation invites the audience to take part in a captivating experience mixing sounds and images. At the Salle Norman-McLaren, free of charge. Presented by the Cinémathèque québécoise and the Festival du nouveau cinéma.
The Grand Prix Focus - Cinémathèque québécoise at the Festival du nouveau cinéma
The Grand Prix Focus aims to support the creation of a national cinema by awarding the winner a $1500 bursary, including the winning film in the Cinémathèque’s program, promoting the filmmaker’s work, and giving the winner a Cinémathèque membership. In addition, a section of our website will be dedicated to the winning work and its creator.
For complete programming details: www.cinematheque.qc.ca.
The Cinémathèque québécoise is Montreal’s museum of moving images. Its mission is to preserve and promote the world’s audiovisual heritage, with an emphasis on Quebec and Canadian works and international animation, and to make it available for cultural and educational purposes.
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