Wednesday, June 12 2019
18:30 - 20:05
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h 35
Bilingual
Films, In connection with : Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
Day of Wrath (Vredens Dag)

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Denmark, Carl Dreyer, 1943, 93 min – OVFST 
* Several international nominations

In a Danish village in 1623, the aged pastor Absalon lives with his mother, Merete, and second wife, Anne, a young woman he had taken in. Marte Herloff, who had known Anne’s mother well, is accused of witchcraft and hides in their home. The merciless Absalon hands her over to the soldiers. On the stake, Marte curses the pastor before burning alive. Soon after, the pastor’s son from his first marriage emerges on the scene. He and Anne fall hopelessly in love but are tormented by their sin. Upon learning of their affair, the pastor collapses, thunderstruck, and Anne is publicly accused by Merete of having provoked his death with the help of the devil… 
Day of Wrath is a story of sorcery and star-crossed love in the austere Denmark of the 17th century. The movie, inspired by the Dutch School, stands out for its formal beauty and remarkably well-executed lighting.

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Wednesday, June 19 2019
10:30 - 12:10
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h 40
In English
Films
Our People Will Be Healed – Spotlight on Alanis Obomsawin’s Film Works

ALANIS OBOMSAWIN, PRINTMAKER                                AN ARTIST AND HER NATION

SPOTLIGHT ON ALANIS OBOMSAWIN’S FILM WORKS
In connection with the exhibition Alanis Obomsawin, Printmaker, the Waban-Aki filmmaker is presenting six award-winning works that she produced at the NFB.

10.30 a.m. – OVFST
Our People Will Be Healed, 2017, 97 min

Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how a Cree community in Manitoba has been enriched through the power of education. The Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House, north of Winnipeg, receives a level of funding that few other Indigenous institutions enjoy. Its teachers help their students to develop their abilities and their sense of pride. In addition to teaching academic subjects, the school reconnects students with their ancestral culture.
The fifth film in a cycle that began with The People of the Kattawapiskak River, Our People Will Be Healed adopts an optimistic tone without denying a dark past. It bears witness to the tragedies that have befallen the Plains Cree, such as being confined to reserves, forbidden to practise any cultural ceremonies, including the Sun Dance, and sent off to residential schools. But first and foremost, the film conveys a message of hope: that in an appropriate school environment, one that incorporates their people’s history, language and culture, Indigenous youth can realize their dreams.

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12:30 - 15:30
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 3h
In English
Films
Christmas at Moose Factory – Spotlight on Alanis Obomsawin’s Film Works

ALANIS OBOMSAWIN, PRINTMAKER                               AN ARTIST AND HER NATION

SPOTLIGHT ON ALANIS OBOMSAWIN’S FILM WORKS
In connection with the exhibition Alanis Obomsawin, Printmaker, the Waban-Aki filmmaker is presenting six award-winning works that she produced at the NFB.

12.30 p.m. – OVFST
Christmas at Moose Factory, 1971, 13 min

Released in 1971, this lyrical short documentary marked the directorial debut of legendary Waban-Aki director Alanis Obomsawin. Filmed at a residential school in northern Ontario, it is composed entirely of drawings by young Cree children and stories told by the children themselves. Listening has been at the core of Obomsawin’s practice since the very beginning. “Documentary film,” she said in a 2017 interview, “is the one place that our people can speak for themselves. I feel that the documentaries that I’ve been working on have been very valuable for the people, for our people to look at ourselves… and through that be able to make changes that really count for the future of our children to come.”

FOLLOWED BY
Incident at Restigouche, 1984, 45 min
On June 11 and 20, 1981, the Quebec Provincial Police (QPP) raided Restigouche Reserve, Quebec. At issue were the salmon-fishing rights of the Mi’kmaq. Because salmon has traditionally been a source of food and income for the Mi’kmaq, the Quebec government’s decision to restrict fishing aroused consternation and anger. Released in 1984, this groundbreaking and impassioned account of the police raids brought Alanis Obomsawin to international attention. The film features a remarkable on-camera exchange between Obomsawin herself and provincial Minister of Fisheries Lucien Lessard, the man who’d ordered the raid. Decades later, Jeff Barnaby, director of Rhymes for Young Ghouls, cited the film as an inspiration. “That documentary encapsulated the idea of films being a form of social protest for me… It started right there with that film.”

FOLLOWED BY
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, 1993, 119 min
In July 1990, a dispute over a proposed golf course to be built on Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) lands in Oka, Quebec, set the stage for a historic confrontation that would grab international headlines and sear itself into the Canadian consciousness. Director Alanis Obomsawin – at times with a small crew, at times alone – spent 78 days behind Kanien’kéhaka lines filming the armed standoff between protestors, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. Released in 1993, this landmark documentary has been seen around the world, winning over a dozen international awards and making history at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it became the first documentary ever to win the Best Canadian Feature award. Jesse Wente, Director of Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office, has called it a “watershed film in the history of First Peoples cinema.”

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16:00 - 17:20
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h 20
In English
Films
Trick or Treaty?, – Spotlight on Alanis Obomsawin’s Film Work

ALANIS OBOMSAWIN, PRINTMAKER
AN ARTIST AND HER NATION

Spotlight on Alanis Obomsawin’s Film Work                     In connection with the exhibition Alanis Obomsawin, Printmaker, the Waban-Aki filmmaker is presenting six award-winning works that she produced at the NFB.

Trick or Treaty?, 2014, 84 min – OVFST

This feature documentary profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper.

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Wednesday, June 26 2019
18:30 - 20:30
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 2h
In English
Films, In connection with : Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
A Foreign Affair

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United States, Billy Wilder, 1948, 116 min – OVE
* Two Oscar nominations, 1949
 
The day after the war ends, Phoebe Frost, the head of an American congressional committee, is sent to Berlin to ascertain the morale of the troops occupying the ruined city. To her horror, she discovers the soldiers in a state of moral depravity, engaging in black market activity and relations with young German women. A femme fatale cabaret singer (Marlene Dietrich) suspected of being a former Nazi, is even being protected by an American officer. To assist her in her investigation, Phoebe enlists the help of Captain Pringle, unaware that he is in fact the officer in question. To avoid trouble, the captain pretends to fall in love with the young woman.

This dark comedy plunges us in the chaos of post-war Berlin, where soldiers make a mockery of American morality.

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Wednesday, July 3 2019
18:30 - 20:50
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 2h 20
In English
Films, In connection with : Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
All About Eve

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United States, Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950, 138 min – OVE    

* Six Oscars, including Best Picture, 1951
* Best Actress and the Special Jury Prize, 1951 Cannes Film Festival

As actress Eve Harrington is about to receive a prestigious acting award, theatre critic Addison DeWitt looks back on her meteoric rise to fame. Just a year earlier, she was a virtual unknown, until she met Broadway queen, Margo Channing. A star-struck admirer of Channing, Eve would come see her perform her every night. Then, a woman in Margo’s entourage notices Eve and brings her into Margo’s inner circle. Margo hires Eve as her secretary. But behind her sweet, modest and adoring exterior, the young woman plots to dethrone the diva. The film retraces the startling journey of this unusual and intriguing character.

Mankiewicz depicts the darker side of theatre, rife with lies, greed and cynicism. All About Eve brings together a star-studded cast from the New York scene with clever, biting dialogue. The film was a hit in its day and remains a great Hollywood classic.

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Wednesday, July 10 2019
18:30 - 20:20
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h 50
In English
Films, In connection with : Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
The Band Wagon

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United States, Vincente Minnelli, 1953, 112 min – OVE        

* Three Oscar nominations, 1954

Tony Hunter (Fred Astaire), a forgotten famous dancer returns to New York and finds himself offered a part in an edgy musical comedy. His enthusiasm is extinguished when he discovers that his dance partner, the young Gabrielle Gerard (Cyd Charisse), is a classical, academic-style dancer. The two immediately clash. Rehearsals unfold under a stormy atmosphere, and Hunter ends up leaving the dance troupe. The spectacular failure of the first performance forces them to revise the show from top to bottom and go ahead with the original plan. The troupe leaves on tour in the countryside before their New York premiere…

Minelli shows his profound sensitivity in this hymn to performance art. With great humour, the two screenwriters drew inspiration from their personal experience and, especially, from the career and personality of Fred Astaire in imagining the character of Tony Hunter. A jubilant musical comedy.

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Wednesday, July 17 2019
18:30 - 19:55
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h 25
In English
Films, In connection with : Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
Black Sunday (The Mask of Satan)

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Italy, Mario Bava, 1960, 83 min – OVE

In 17th-century Moldova, Princess Asa and her lover, Igor Javutich, are suspected of witchcraft and condemned by the Inquisition. Before being put to death, Asa places a terrible curse on her family, who is responsible for her fate. In an extreme gesture of cruelty, the two are branded with the mark of Satan and have his mask affixed to their faces. Two centuries later, the professor Kruvajan, accompanied by his faithful assistant, Gorobek, are in the region for a medical conference. They unwittingly unleash the spell that had been held by the sleeping witch. And so begins the nightmare of the inhabitants of Vajda Castle. The curse is realized as the ghosts wreak terror and death.

Mario Bava revives the vampire myth in this remarkable gothic work executed in the chiaroscuro style. This exquisitely cruel film became a genre classic.

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Wednesday, July 24 2019
18:30 - 20:20
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h 50
In French
Films, In connection with : Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
La fiancée du pirate

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France, Nelly Kaplan, 1969, 108 min – OVEST   

Young Marie lives with her mother in an isolated cabin in the forest, on the outskirts of the dreary town of Tellier. When her mother is killed in a hit-and-run, the officials refuse to pay for the funeral services. Marie decides to seek revenge. One night, she lures all the men of Tellier with enticing promises. During the internment of her mother, she excites the men, manipulating them into digging the grave. The following day, Marie decides to stir up trouble. She transforms her cabin into a lounge for private conversations and begins charging men for her sexual favours, all while drawing out their most secret confessions. Her revenge is as sweet as it is redemptive…  
An icon of her generation, Nelly Kaplan is the symbol of liberal and socially engaged cinema. At once a feminist, surreal and anti-establishment film infused with dark humour, La fiancée du pirate thumbs its nose at the foolishness, cruelty and hypocrisy of the self-righteous.

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Wednesday, July 31 2019
18:30 - 20:45
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 2h 15
In English
Films, In connection with : Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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United States, Steven Spielberg, 1977, 137 min – OVFST  

* Director’s cut version
* Best Cinematography and Best Sound Effects Editing, 1978 Oscars

Over a period of time, a series of mysterious events occur around the planet: fighter planes that had disappeared in the Second World War turn up in Mexico in perfect working condition; a warship is discovered aground in the middle of the Gobi Desert. These spectacular, inexplicable events leave the world’s experts perplexed. An international delegation led by Claude Lacombe is charged with unravelling the mystery. During a power outage in a suburb of Indiana, Roy Neary, a lineman repairing a high-voltage wire, experiences an encounter of the first kind – he sees UFOs in the sky. Blinding spaceships then congregate in the desert. One thing is clear: a form of extraterrestrial intelligence is attempting to make contact with earthlings.

The Director’s Cut version of this legendary science fiction film is presented, completely restored in 4K.

Trailer (Collector’s Edition), OVFST

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Wednesday, August 7 2019
18:30 - 20:25
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h 55
In English
Films, In connection with : Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

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United States, Steven Spielberg, 1981, 115 min – OVFST   
* Five Oscars, including Best Special Effects, 1982

The year is 1936. Henry Jones, archaeology professor and adventurer better known as Indiana Jones, is travelling the world in search of treasures. He is sent on a mission by the American Secret Service and his friend Marcus Brody, curator of Washington’s National Museum, to stop the Third Reich from finding the Ark of the Covenant, a historical artifact with mystical powers that Hitler is trying to get hold of. Jones finds himself up against formidable foes intent on using the Ark for diabolical ends. During his adventures, he encounters a former lover, Marion Ravenwood, now the manager of a bar in Tibet.
 
An ’80s cult film, Raiders of the Lost Ark is an entertaining mix of history and fantasy.

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Wednesday, August 14 2019
18:30 - 20:25
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h 55
In English
Films, In connection with : Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
Blade Runner

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United States, Ridley Scott, 1982, 114 min – OVFST
* Final Cut version
* Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design, BAFTA 1983

In the year 2019, the futurist city of Los Angeles has become a dark and rainy overpopulated megalopolis. Deckard, a former Blade Runner – police officer specialized in the ultra-perfected humanoid rebels called the “replicants” – is charged with hunting down four of them, following their escape from the space base. He visits the maker of the androids, Eldon Tyrell, who introduces him to his assistant, Rachel. Invited to examine her, Deckard realizes that she too is a replicant but of a more advanced type, as she is equipped with human emotions. Fascinated, Deckard quickly falls for her…

This masterpiece of science fiction and genre icon is presented in its Final Cut version, with extended scenes and previously unseen special effects. Of rare beauty, Blade Runner is a poetic reverie on the human condition.

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Wednesday, August 21 2019
18:30 - 19:50
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h 20
In French
Films, In connection with : Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
Microcosmos Le peuple de l’herbe

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France, Switzerland and Italy, Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou, 1996, 80 min – OVF
* 5 César awards, including Best Cinematography, 1997

Narrated by two leading biologists, this enchanting story has us discover planet Earth at a centimetre scale. In this odyssey of the infinitely small, we are immersed in a lush forest of blades of grass. From sunrise to sunset, the world of insects and other grass- and water-dwelling animals is revealed in all its splendour and mystery. Natural sounds are skilfully mixed with a musical score to compose a mesmerizing auditory cosmos.

Marrying scientific rigour and artistic creativity, the filming of this movie required the use of technical prowess. It is a magical and poetic work in which the spectator becomes one insect among many.

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