A Tribute to FIFA: The Int’l Festival of Films on Art Sep 19 – Sep 23

A Tribute to FIFA: The Int’l Festival of Films on Art
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Much of the earliest writing about film explored the idea of cinema as a Gesamtkunstwerk, a kind of total art, and since those early days, there has always been a natural affinity between film and the other artistic forms and media. Since 1981, the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal has been a vital platform for films and filmmakers that continue to explore those connections. In some cases, the connection lies in the power of film to document those "ephemeral" arts such as dance or performance; in others, filmmakers have used the cinema to explore the backstories behind artistic creation. Still in others, a kind of marriage between the language of film and that of the other arts has been achieved. This brief survey of films shown at the 30th edition of the festival offers an intriguing overview of the many ways that contemporary filmmakers attempt to create a dialogue between cinema and the other arts. Presented in collaboration with MUSE Film and Television, and with the generous support of the Québec Government Office in New York. Special thanks to René Rozon, founder/director of the FIFA and Nadine Covert, New York Delegate, FIFA.

In This Series

Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour

Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour

Matthew Springford | 2010 | 55 mins

Screens with Nam June Paik: Open Your Eyes (Maria Anna Tappeiner, 2010). Two intimate portraits of two cutting-edge contemporary artists: the Chinese architect, photographer, curator and blogger Ai Weiwei and the Korean-born new media pioneer Nam June Paik.

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Bone Wind Fire

Bone Wind Fire

Jill Sharpe | 2011 | 30 mins

FIFA Founder/Director René Rozon in person on September 19! Director Elizabeth Lennard in person on September 23!

Screens with The Stein Family: The Making of Modern Art (Elizabeth Lennard, 2011). In Bone Wind Fire, director Jill Sharpe examines the work of artists Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Carr and Frida Kahlo and how they were influenced by their environments. In The Stein Family, director Elizabeth Lennard shows us how the members of the famous American expat clan amassed their formidable art collections.

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Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Jason Cohn | Bill Jersey | 2011 | 82 mins

Director Bill Jersey in person!

James Franco narrates this fascinating, revealing look into the lives and work of husband-wife team Charles and Ray Eames, two of the most influential designers of the 20th century.

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Jiří Kylián: Forgotten Memories

Jiří Kylián: Forgotten Memories

Don Kent | 2011 | 52 mins

Screens with At the Edge of the Scene (Guillaume Paquin, 2012). Two remarkable films on dance: a look at Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián as he returns to his native Prague for the staging of a new piece, and a portrait of three Montréal choreographers and their respective creative processes.

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Produced by George Martin

Produced by George Martin

Francis Hanly | 2011 | 87 mins

Testimony by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck and many others lends insight into the unique role of producer George Martin in creating some of the finest pop music ever recorded.

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Revolutions of the Night: The Enigma of Henry Darger

Revolutions of the Night: The Enigma of Henry Darger

Mark Stokes | 2011 | 104 mins

Director Mark Stokes in person at both screenings!

Armed with new research, Mark Stokes’ informative portrait of the reclusive author and artist Henry Darger sheds new light on Darger’s work and places it in the contexts of both contemporary art and literature.

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Tinguely

Tinguely

Thomas Thümena | 2011 | 88 mins

Producer Christof Neracher in person!

This long-overdue portrait of one of the most popular, and influential, sculptors of the 20th century  traces his development from his boyhood in Switzerland to his crucial stay in Paris in the early 1950s, as well as his encounters with surrealism, pop art and arte povera.

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Unfinished Spaces

Unfinished Spaces

Alysa Nahmias | Benjamin Murray | 2011 | 86 mins

In 1961, in the flush of revolutionary fervor, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara invited three Cuban architects to create what they hoped would be the most spectacular and futuristic art school in Latin America. Forty years later, Castro invites the architects back to complete their unrealized dream.

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