From September 22 to October 3 will take place on the 17the Montreal International Black Film Festival (FIFBM). Like most other festivals forced to adapt to pandemic reality, this vintage will be held in a hybrid version, with a few screenings chosen in theaters and most of the content online. The positive corollary of this is that the films in question – 134 in all, short and long, from some 30 countries – will be available across Canada.
The FIFBM also honors this year the French actress and politician Firmine Richard (Romuald and Juliet, 8 women), French actor Omar Sy (Untouchables, Lupin) as well as Quebec animation filmmaker Martine Chartrand (Dark soul, MacPherson). All three will be the subject of long virtual interviews led by the founding president of the event, Fabienne Colas.
The festivities will open this Wednesday at the Imperial Cinema with the documentary With Drawn Arms (Raised fists), Glenn Kaino and Afshin Shahidi. It takes us back to the life of African-American athlete Tommie Smith, who in 1968 raised his fist when receiving his gold medal in the 200 meters at the Olympics. Associated with the Black Panthers, the gesture won the principal concerned as much admiration as hatred and irreparably changed the course of his existence. Punctuated with extracts from archives and passages in animation, the film is largely based on recent confidences of Mr. Smith. Colin Kaepernick is among the speakers.
In the Quebec premiere, we will also be able to see the most recent film by Michel Hazanavicius, The forgotten prince, starring Omar Sy. The actor plays a father who, after being his daughter’s hero during childhood, tries to shine again in her eyes now that she is grown up. The director of The Artist returns to fantasy and finds the actress Bérénice Bejo, his partner in the city who plays here a neighbor full of concern.
Essay, LGBTQ + and Frot
In a more experimental and socio-political vein, the test film A Love Letter to Brian, Lesley, and Michelle offers a reflection on a host of issues linked to racism. This is done by using various forms of expression, such as theater and dance.
Also on the radar: the psychological drama My Fiona, in which a young woman in mourning for her best friend who took her own life, who until then defined herself as straight, develops a romantic relationship with her widow.
Finally, if there is an actress that we never see too much, it is Catherine Frot. In Under the stars of Paris, the star ofA family resemblance, The amateur, Marguerite and Wise woman interprets Christine, a long-term homeless person who, one night, is surprised to see a little migrant appear in front of her camp under a bridge who does not speak a word of French. Together, they will try to find the mother of the child: an odyssey which takes on a redemptive dimension for Christine.
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