Sunday, 5 February
This screening session features 4 films (see below). All selected films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Cinema Galeries (Theatre 2)
26 Galerie de la Reine
Pre-registration for this screening has ended, but a few more tickets will become available at the cinema 10 minutes before the start. Check out our other screenings too, for which you can still reserve some free tickets!
CYGNUS (CANADA) BY BRANDON POOLE
Synopsis: A networked planet; an improvised signal; the last swan. Filmed on the northern shores of Lake Ontario, amid the ruined utopic architecture of Ontario Place, "Cygnus" takes the geodesic-domed Cinesphere (the first permanent installation of IMAX), a sunken lake freighter turned breakwater, and an invasive mute swan as subjects of its tripartite cosmic zoom. Running time: 00:06:22.
Selections/awards: Antimatter, non-syntax Experimental Image Festival.
LETTER TO MY MOTHER (IRAN) BY AMINA MAHER
Synopsis: A heartfelt letter to tell a mother the most painful of secrets. Amina Maher, who in 2002 was the young protagonist of 'Ten' by Kiarostami is now a transgender director who tries to make her voice heard, understood, and be understood. Running time: 00:19:33.
Selections/awards: Kasseler Dokfest Lovers FF, Sparrowland Short FF Brisbane (Best Documentary Film), LGBTQIA+ FF, Ontario International FF (Winner Best International Documentary), Viewpoint Documentary FF, Verona IFF (Winner Best Experimental Film), Beirut International Women FF (Winner Best International Short Film), and more.
THE DREAM MACHINE (FRANCE) BY MICHAEL WILLIAM WEST
Synopsis: A woman experiments with a Dream Machine, hoping to escape trouble. Within the light and dark of the machine, violent emotions awaken. 'The Dreamachine' was invented by the painter Brion Gysin and popularized by William S. Burroughs in order to live the great adventure of the dream. Michael William West, a fervent lover of esoterism, creativity, spiritualism and pop culture, pays tribute to the writer in a exceptional hallucinatory and visionary journey. Running time: 00:09:29.
Selections/awards: L'Etrange Festivale, Super Shorts Los Angeles (Best Experimental Film), Obskuur Ghent FF.
DOR (LONGING) (BELGIUM) BY JANNES CALLENS
Synopsis: A cinematic and existential encounter between Belgian-Romanian Stefan Gota and a group of young shepherds. Running time: 00:52:30.
Selections/awards: Visions du Réel, DocFest Vittorio Veneto.