Cinephile

Conor McNally | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
40 minutes

Drawing on the tradition of oral storytelling, ôtênaw is a philosophical and creative treatment of land rights, territory, history and culture. As Dr. Dwayne Donald leads a walking tour of amiskwaciwâskahikan (now the city of Edmonton), talking about the history of the land and the people who lived there, the layers of human habitation slowly reveal themselves.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:45pm
Rhayne Vermette  | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
15 minutes

Rhayne Vermette utilizes her desk to craft a surrealist portrait of Italian architect Carlo Mollino, highlighting the intersection of cinema and architecture. -SC

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:00pm
Jessica Kingdon | 
US/China |
 2016 | 
11 minutes

China’s Yiwu Market is one of the largest shopping complexes in the world. Visually arresting, this ethnographic essay film blurs the boundary between consumer goods and the humans who sell them. -SC

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Justine Harbonnier | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
11 minutes

The oldest house in Griffintown, has been displaced by a luxury condo development. Clever framing and off-camera conversations help retrace the house-without-a-home. -SC

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:00pm
Dmitrii Kalashnikov | 
Belarus/Russia/Serbia/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Croatia |
 2016 | 
67 minutes

The Road Movie is a film one watches in a state somewhere between existential dread and morbid hilarity. Voyeuristic, yes, but there is something even more curious at work here, namely the capricious, occasionally malevolent force that for lack of a better term we call fate. It pops up in meteors streaking across the sky, in car crashes, runaway tanks, forest fires and pop-eyed madmen. Here it is, the nature of the universe — endlessly unpredictable, prone to sudden bursts of freaky weirdness, all helpfully captured by dashboard cameras, present in almost all Russian cars.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 8:15pm
Salome Jashi | 
Germany, Georgia |
 2016 | 
73 minutes

Director Salome Jashi plays with the idea of perception in this enlightening film about contemporary Georgian life. The town folk in the interviews, as well as the journalists themselves, are acutely aware of how they are perceived. This often results in delicately painful conversations about just what aspects of the community, and its inhabitants, should be displayed, and what content is best left out.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:45pm
Yuri Ancarani | 
France, Italy |
 2016 | 
70 minutes

Yuri Ancarani’s beautiful and bizarre film takes us inside the rarefied world of Middle Eastern falconry. Here the sport attracts passionate devotees from the Qatari hyper-rich who compete at auction for the best birds, drive deep into the desert to train their charges, and then assemble in Mad Max-style stadiums for spectacular tournaments.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:30pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 3:00pm
Guilherme B. Hoffmann | 
Brazil |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

Shot over two years from 2014 to 2016, Praia unfolds a portrait of Brazilian life that captures the vibrancy and idiosyncratic eclecticism that draw tourists and locals to the country’s beaches. Filmmaker Guilherme B. Hoffmann takes an observational approach, creating a film that is by turns comic, sweet, and serious as he introduces us to a motley collection of characters on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana Beach.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 3:00pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
Eliane de Latour  | 
France |
 2015 | 
80 minutes

Recalling the work of Portuguese master Pedro Costa, in particular his Fontainhas trio (Ossos, In Vanda’s Room, and Colossal Youth) Little Go Girls has the same almost magisterial quality of image. The women and girls who ply their trade initially regard de Latour’s camera with benign indifference. But the relationship between the women and the filmmaker gradually grows more trusting.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:30pm
Alice Diop | 
France |
 2016 | 
38 minutes

Along the sidewalks and cafés of Seine-Saint- Denis, groups of young men, dressed in hoodies and streetwear, talk with remarkable bluntness and honesty about love, desire, sex, and race. As one man says “White people experience love They were taught how.” Made with a shattering level of intimacy, Alice Diop’s film is both a cinepoem and a piercing statement on the nature of disenfranchisement.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:30pm
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9:00pm