Montreal, January 14, 2019 – The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) and the McCord Museum are happy to join forces for a series of screenings on two themes dear to both of these cultural institutions: fashion and photography. The Festival has chosen four documentaries from its 37-year history that offer exceptional forays into the worlds of international and Montreal fashion through portraits of designers and photographers. Each screening will be followed by a discussion with special guests, including noted Quebec artists, directors, scholars, and fashion designers. The screenings will take place at the J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the McCord Museum on the last Thursday of every month throughout the winter of 2019-20.
Free activity. Seating is limited. No reservations except for McCord Museum members.
Thursday, January 31 at 6 pm
Focus Iran - L'Audace au premier plan
France | 2017 | 53 min. | French and Farsi with French subtitles | Directed by Nathalie Masduraud and Valérie Urréa
Iran is a fascinating country. In this Islamic Republic torn between tradition and modernity, a burgeoning, creative, and daring photography scene strives to present a different picture of their country to the world. Directed by duo Nathalie Masduraud and Valérie Urréa, this film follows the tale of five photographers, four of whom are women, from Tehran to Lake Urmia. A tale of women, first and foremost, but also of today’s Iran.
With the participation of Aydin Matlabi, humanitarian artist.
Thursday, February 28 at 6 pm
Revealing Marie Saint Pierre
Canada | 2016 | 38 min. | English with French subtitles | Directed by Janice Zolf
Montreal fashion and furniture designer Marie Saint Pierre was seven years old when her family friend, the great artist Jean-Paul Riopelle, encouraged her to explore an artistic path. She channelled her energy into creating transformative clothing for women, becoming one of Canada’s most acclaimed designers. The film gives razor-sharp insights into the creative process, highlighting the importance of art on Saint Pierre’s timeless collections.
With the participation of director Janice Zolf and designer Marie Saint Pierre.
Thursday, March 28 at 6 pm
Koudelka, shooting Holy Land
Czech Republic, Germany | 2015 | 72 min. | English and Hebrew with English subtitles | Directed by Gilad Baram
Director Gilad Baram follows Czech photographer Josef Koudelka from one enigmatic and visually spectacular location to the next as he travels through the Holy Land. In each location a new scene unfolds, gradually introducing us to Koudelka’s method of working and his perception of the world he is documenting and of the people he encounters. Austere images of landscapes divided by concrete walls and barbed wire reveal the horrifying absurdity of the conflict. This long-term study of the photographer is combined with photographs from Koudelka’s private archives, giving viewers an intimate look at the solitary creative process of one of the masters of contemporary photography.
Winner of the Best Picture Prize at the 35th Edition of FIFA, 2017
With the participation of Philippe Guillaume, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Art History, Concordia University ; Fellow, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Foundation for Studies in Canadian Art
Thursday, April 25 at 6 pm
Révolte dans la mode
France | 2016 | 53 min. | Directed by Laurent Lunetta
Throughout the world, creators, enlightened spirits, and activists are rising up to humanize fashion. Some go back to weaving, others create with 3D printers, but all want an ethical activity and to say goodbye to resource-intensive and shallow fashion! Today, another fashion world is possible.
With the participation of Raphaëlle Bonin, Founder and President of Station Service. Station Service is a concept boutique offering Montreal women new ways to enhance their wardrobes and hone their styles. Its services include both clothing rentals and classic, quality apparel for retail sale.
The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) is dedicated to the international promotion and distribution of films on art and media arts. For over three decades, it has presented an annual event in March, which allows discovery of the latest documentaries on art, in addition to a selection of virtual reality and interactive works. With its various activities, FIFA is committed to increasing the knowledge and appreciation of art among the public, promoting the work of artists in the fields of cinema, video and visual arts, and also encouraging the production and diffusion of art films.
About the McCord
The McCord Museum is the museum of all Montrealers, a social history museum that celebrates life in Montreal, both past and present—its history, its people, and its communities. Open to the city and the world, the Museum presents exciting exhibitions, educational programming and cultural activities that offer a contemporary perspective on history, engaging visitors from Montreal, Canada and beyond. It is home to over 1.5 million artefacts, that make up one of the largest historical collections in North America, comprising Dress, Fashion and Textiles, Photography, Indigenous Cultures, Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Decorative Arts, and Textual Archives. McCord Museum: Our People, Our Stories.