« Montreal, Berlin and back »
March 22nd, 7pm
Location: Carbon Arc Cinema, Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St
Lysanne Thibodeau has lived over 14 years in Germany and this experience has marked her artistic path. The program offers seven films and videos of hybrid genre, combining documentary, fiction and essay – which were made between 1979 and 2003, before, during and after her “Berlin exile”.
The program offers seven works of various genres, combining documentary, fiction and essay. Duration: 104 min
REFLEXIONS, 1979, 10 min, S-8, color
Synopsis : A day in an androgynous woman’s life, who explores her inner environment in an atmosphere of strangeness. Music: Kraftwerk
• Award for artistic originality, Festival Poza Kinem, Breslau, Poland, 1983
TRIPLE EXPLOSURE WORLD, 1980, 13 min, 16mm, black & white and color
Synopsis : A woman discovers the other people who have become androids. A new wave film full of symbols
Music: Tchaikovsky, Kraftwerk, James White & The Contortions, David Bowie, Ultravox, Robert Fripp
• Best Foreign Film, Festival Poza Kinem, Wroclaw, Poland, 1983
BAD BLOOD FOR THE VAMPYR, 1984, 22 min, 16mm, black & white
Synopsis : The adventures of a lonely and immortal vampire in the Berlin of the 80s. A tribute to the films of Carl Dreher, Russ Meyer, Andy Warhol & Ed Wood. Music: Einstürzende Neubauten, The Legendary Golden Vampires, Heino, Die Ärtzte, Tibodomusik.
• Audience Award, Expery International Film Festival in Bonn, West-Germany, 1986
• First Prize, Super-8 International Film Festival, Caracas, Venezuela, 1986
• Honorary Award, Festival Poza Kinem, Breslau, Poland, 1985
VIRGINIA or DO ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROMEO?, 1992, 8 min, 35mm, color
Synopsis : Searching for her Romeo in the rubbles of Berlin, a world unknown to her, Virginia enters a nightmarish kingdom ruled by en evil creature, the Queen of Darkness, where naked slaves live. An evil fairy tale. Butoh choreography by Yumiko Yoshioka.
ONCE UPON A NIGHT, 2003, 3 min, 35mm, color
Synopsis : Three young children, survivors of the final war, roam in a post-apocalyptic desert and reveal their helplessness. A plea for peace.
MY FALL OF THE WALL (Berlin-Prague, 9-12 November 1989), 2001, 5 min, video, color
Synopsis : In November 1989, a couple travels to Prague at the moment of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Screams, tears, laughs, anarchy, euphoria, ecstasy… A narrative essay in the form of a video journal.
• Nominated for Best Short Film at the Reel Island Film Festival (RIFF), Charlottetown, PEI, 2004
ODE TO A JOURNEY HOME, 2001, 43 min.16mm, black & white and color
Synopsis : “ Life took my father away from me when I was a child, and my mother and my brother when I was a teenager. I left, to isolate myself, to escape, to flee. Can time really erase the past ? Upon my return from a long exile, I remember. Traveling back in time, inner movements, the future beckons. A tribute to my homeland.” - Lysanne Thibodeau
• Award for Best Mid-Length, Figueira da Foz Film Festival, Portugal, 2001
Bio of Lysanne Thibodeau
Independent filmmaker since over twenty-five years, Lysanne Thibodeau was born in Montreal. From 1982 to 1996, she lived in Berlin, Germany where she explored different art forms, directed short and medium length films, video clips and artist portraits for various production houses and broadcasters. Active in music she also played with various bands both in Berlin and Montreal.
Back in Montreal, she wrote feature films scripts, produced and directed documentaries and film essays all presented in international festivals (Ankara, Barcelona, Berlin, Bonn, Calgary, Caracas, Dresden, Hamburg, Krakow, London, Manila, Manchester, Melbourne, Milan, Moncton, Montreal, Namur, Paris, Rome, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Turin, Toronto, Vancouver, Venice, Wroclaw and last but not least Yellowknife).
She also acts as curator of events and as consultant in the community of independent filmmakers and artistic creators in Quebec and Canada.
March 23rd, 1pm – 5pm
Location: NSCAD Film Building 2nd Floor, 1649 Brunswick Street
Cost: $20/$25 ($20 with ticket stub from screening)
This workshop explores the film essay as a cinematic mean of expression, with an emphasis focusing on the visual aspect of the film medium along with the story line. This genre often blends documentary, fiction, and/or experimental filmmaking approaches. It is usually found combining a form of commentary or elements of self-portrait, where the signature of the filmmaker is apparent.
We will see how different authors use this genre as their medium, by showing excerpts of works by film essayists. Thus, the workshop will enable participants to find out what the film essay’ is, and perhaps make them realize that this is the type of film they are making or simply help them design their next film.
Spaces are limited. To register please email: email@example.com or phone Jessica @ 405 4474 ex. 0