5 films to see at the International Festival of Films on Art

5 films to see at the International Festival of Films on Art

The 41st edition of the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), launched on Tuesday, takes place in the Montreal and Quebec theaters until March 24.  

The annual event's mission is to showcase international films that focus on art in all its forms. After its in-person component, the festival will offer online programming from March 24 to April 2, while its year-round selection is available on the arts.film site. 

Metro offers its own selection of five art films to see as part of FIFA.  

The Swimmers 

 5 films to see at the International Festival of Films on Art

The Swimmers, Courtesy of FIFA

The central theme of this short film? The swimming pool. Stay with us! Although making a dozen minutes on the subject relevant, interesting and even touching seems a daunting challenge, Californian director Charlie López has risen to it with finesse. Loosely inspired by Ed Ruschale's photographs of swimming pools, the film explores the history of this pool of water and the people who use it. The swimming pool, we play there, we clean it, we receive a cunnilingus and we can, unfortunately, lose children there. Or maybe it's just a hole with water.  

Where and when:  

< p>Cinema of the Museum – Maxwell Cummings Auditorium   

Saturday March 25 at 8 p.m. (followed by the feature film Stinking Dawn


5 films to see at the International Festival of Films on Art

Abyssal, Courtesy of FIFA

These seven minutes directed by the Canadian Xavier Curnillon are dedicated to a solo choreography. The film without dialogue speaks loudly: it features a dancer (Morgane Le Tiec) dressed in black in a white environment. She tries to emancipate herself from her daily feminine condition which, like the music of the work, oppresses. The performance, unconsciously controlled by the body, is finally directed by the head, which takes over its own existence. 

Where and when:  

Outremont Theatre

Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. (presented with 28 other films during La nuit de la danse) 

Private property 

< p>5 films to see at the International Festival of Films on Art

Private Property, Courtesy of FIFA

This (very) short film by Thomas Pison connects thousands of paintings of the same house over three minutes, all generated by artificial intelligence. Water, earth and fire are embedded in private property, making us reflect not only on our relationship with possession, but also on our relationship with creation and our powerlessness in the face of nature. The constantly moving image creates a dizzying effect, while paradoxically carrying a message that could not be clearer.  

Where and when:  < /p>

Outremont Theatre

Wednesday, March 15 at 8 p.m. (followed by the feature film Beyond Paper

A presentation is also scheduled in Quebec City on March 16. 

< h3>Painting turned my bones to dust 

5 films to see at the International Festival of Films on Art

From painting, my bones have turned to dust, Courtesy of FIFA

Around Riopelle, a special program as part of the celebrations for the 100th birthday of artist Jean Paul Riopelle, includes the feature film Les oies by Jean Paul Riopelle by Jean-Luc Dupuis as well as five short films. In one of them, produced by Laetitia Demessence, we see the nature that inspired the artist, including the white that has crept into several of his paintings. We also observe the passage of time and the osteoporosis which gradually takes hold of the painter, all to the sound of music, waves and birds.  

Where and when:  

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec 

Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. (presented with five other films as part of the special program Around Riopelle

Beyond the paper 

 5 films to see at the International Festival of Films on Art

Beyond Paper, Courtesy of FIFA

How to preserve our written heritage in the age of digital? This is, among other things, the question that the Romanian and Armenian filmmaker Oana Suteu Khintirian tries to answer through her encounters around the globe. This film, produced by the NFB, also deals with collective memory and archives. Premiered as part of the Festival, it will be in cinemas from April 7.  

Where and when:  

Théâtre Outremont 

Wednesday, March 15 at 8 p.m. (preceded by the short film Private Property

A presentation is also planned at Quebec on March 16. 


Single ticket: $14 

Online passport and online passport rooms: $49  

Passport combo: $89 

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