Friday, May 24, 5 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
Pursuing his art in Africa, Europe and Oceania, the Burkinabé choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly seeks dance that is completely free, devoid of any complex. The daughter of an Anishnaabe mother and a French father, Émilie Monnet is attuned to her ancestors and to the subconscious as she creates works of memory and transformation. With their intimate understanding of the effects of colonialism on the body, the sociologist Philippe Néméh-Nombré will talk with them about decolonization.
Moderators Philippe Néméh-Nombré
Guests Serge Aimé Coulibaly + Émilie Monnet
From Damascus to Paris: Theatre in Exile
Tuesday, May 28, 5 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
The renowned actor, director and teacher Jalal Altawil (Tous des oiseaux) was born in Syria in 1981. An activist since the early days of the Syrian revolution, he championed human rights. He was arrested, threatened and forced into exile. He eventually settled in France, his artistic practice transformed by his political and social commitment. The dreams, laments and hopes of an artist in exile.
Moderators Martin Faucher + Jessie Mill
Guests Jalal Altawil
In Arabic and French
In association with Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) + Le Devoir, as part of CALQ’s 25th anniversary
Linked to Tous des oiseaux
The Americas of Marie-Claire Blais
Thursday, May 30, 12:30 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
An indelible force of Quebec literature, Marie-Claire Blais finished her American cycle last year, which began with Soifs (1995) and concluded with Une réunion près de la mer (2018). Artists, writers, militants and outcasts are among many of the characters in the cycle, a reflection of the writer’s commitment to a humanistic, multi-lateral perspective, and also of her sharp-eyed view of the contemporary world.
Moderator Kevin Lambert (writer)
Guest Marie-Claire Blais
In association with Les Éditions du Boréal
Linked to SOIFS Matériaux
Cuba: art and revolution
Thursday, May 30, 5 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
A source of fascination and of political emulation, the Cuban people and Castro’s revolution defy easy categorization. What is the legacy of the revolution now, in a period of major transition? What are the effects of the current political climate on culture and the arts? How can artists freely create amidst persistent censorship, communist ideology and oppression?
Moderator Frédérick Lavoie (Journalist and Writer)
Guest Yohayna Hernández (Dramaturge, Critic and Artist)
Linked to Granma. Trombones de La Havane
Innervision : At One with the Work
Friday, May 31, 12 :15 p.m., Place des Festivals / Quartier des spectacles.
Become a fluid, vibrant part of this monumental work by Martin Messier at place des Festivals. By means of wireless technology developed for Innervision, the artist whispers instructions into spectators’ ears, and they become an integral part of the sound and choreography. Plunge into the dance!
Linked to Innervision
Haunted Nation or Canadian Apartheid
Saturday, June 1, 12:30 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
The human condition of First Peoples is a sensitive issue. The ravages suffered by First Nations people continue through ongoing colonial structures, some of which are still taboo. Pierrot Ross-Tremblay, an Innu sociologist and professor at Laurentian University, demonstrates the evil spirit that haunts Canada. What remains of these post-genocide societies in what can arguably be called “Canadian apartheid”?
Moderator Aurélie Lanctôt (codirector, Revue Liberté)
Guest Pierrot Ross-Tremblay
In French with English subtitles
In association with Liberté
Linked to This Time Will Be Different
Imagining the Ideal Festival
Sunday, June 2, 12:30 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
Given these turbulent times, what should the festival of the future be? How can the event, the role of art and the festive nature of the encounter be re-designed? What about the time, space, power and responsibilities of a festival? Between reality and fiction, artists, presenters and thinkers imagine their ideal festival.
Moderator Kris Nelson (Art director of Lift festival, Londres)
Guests Camille Louis (Brussels + Athens) + Jay Pather (Cape Town) + Burcu Yilmaz (Istanbul) + 2Fik (Montreal)
In English with French subtitles
A Living Queer Library
Monday, June 3, 5 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
Under the fertile, open-minded approach of the projets hybris company, artists and other guests share curiosities and favourite works from their own queer libraries, in association with the feminist bookstore L’Euguélionne. Works that enlighten, transform and elevate. Ideas incarnated in the body are an exploration of queer culture anchored in literature.
Moderators Antoine Beaudoin Gentes + Marilou Craft + Philippe Dumaine + Danièle Simon
Overview of FTA 2019
Tuesday, June 4, 5 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
This warm and engaging review of FTA 2019 is characterized by reflection, emotion and the intelligence of citizens. What do we retain from these two weeks of artistic creation, performance, debate and celebration? Your voices will be added to those of our panel of four guests presenting first-hand impressions of the 13th edition.
Moderator Sara Fauteux
Guest Katya Montaignac (dramaturge) + Jean-Simon Traversy (Art codirector of Duceppe) + Selma Ouahdi (Student of Sophie-Barat High school)
Memorias del subdesarrollo
Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m., Cinémathèque québécoise.
One year after the Cuban revolution of 1959, Sergio, a bourgeois intellectual, chooses to remain in his country and not join his family in exile in the U.S. Mingling the personal with a critical gaze at social and political upheavals in Cuba, he is a clear-sighted witness to a world transformed.
Cuba, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968, 1 h 37 min. Original version in Spanish with French surtitles
Linked to Granma. Trombones de La Havane
The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi
Sunday, May 5, 7 p.m., Cinémathèque québécoise.
An intimate monologue by Larry Tremblay on the dispossession of identity, The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi was presented at the 1995 Festival de théâtre des Amériques by the actor Jean-Louis Millette, who incarnated the character Gaston Talbot until 1999. Filmed in close-up fashion, the piece portrays the distress and despair of a Francophone from Chicoutimi who can only express himself in rudimentary English.
Canada, Jean-Claude Coulbois, 2019, 1 h 22 min.
Original version in English and French
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m., Cinémathèque québécoise.
Awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Foxtrot focuses on the grief of parents whose soldier son has been killed under ambiguous circumstances, with flashbacks to his time in the army. A searing portrait of the quagmire of war, violence and the burden of a traumatic past, the film was both much admired and reviled.
Israel + France + Germany + Swiss, Samuel Maoz, 2017, 1 h 54 min.
Original version in Hebrew with French surtitles
Linked to Tous des oiseaux
Sunday, May 12, 7 p.m., Cinémathèque québécoise.
A look at the life, music and social engagement of the Nigerian superstar Fela Anikulapo Kuti, by an Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney. The creator of Afrobeat, Kuti used music to express his revolutionary political opinions about the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s.
U.S.A. + United-Kingdom + Nigeria + France, Alex Gibney, 2014, 1 h 59 min.
Original version in English
Linked to Kalakuta Republik
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m., Cinémathèque québécoise.
Ali Sabzian convinces a well-to-do family that he is the noted Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, but the real director learns of it and films the imposter’s trial. Combining performance and life, the film established Kiarostami’s reputation as the leader of a new wave of Iranian cinema.
Iran, Abbas Kiarostami, 1990, 1 h 40 min.
Original version in Farsi with English surtitles
Linked to Savušun
Il Deserto Rosso
Sunday, May 19, 7 p.m., Cinémathèque québécoise.
The first colour film by the director of L’avventura, Il Deserto Rosso traces the meanderings of Giuliana in an industrial city in northern Italy. She drifts away from her husband and has an affair with one of his colleagues, who also has difficulty adapting to the world around him. This avantgarde film was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
Italie + France, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964, 1 h 52 min.
Original version in Italian with English surtitles
Linked to Quasi Niente
Wednesday, May 22, 10 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
An opening night party with the sunshine of “electropical” rhythms! Funk, Afrobeat, world music and house provide backup for discussions among fervent festivalgoers attending the launch of the 13th edition of the FTA.
Inspiration Fela Kuti
Thursday, May 23, 10 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
A tribute to the legendary Fela Kuti, a brilliant musician and the inventor of Afrobeat, the evening will bring to life the sweltering nightclubs of the African continent.
DJ Rhythm & Hues
Saturday, May 25, 10 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
Things will heat up with the Afrotonik collective! The organizers of the AfroGetDown nights give pride of place to Montreal’s Afro-urban culture. Afrobeat, dance hall, Afro house and electrifying performances by Afrotonik dancers will take the Festival Bar by storm.
DJ Tino + Mootanda + BN
Tuesday, May 28, 10 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
Northern Soul straight ahead as we welcome you to an English nightclub of the 1970s! A mélange of soul, R&B and early disco, this musical genre is experiencing a revival in England.
Wednesday, May 29, 10 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
DJ Rhythm & Hues is back from Cuba with novel sounds and vinyl from yesterday and today. By no means the sort of music found in a Varadero tourist resort, this is Cuba like you’ve never heard it!
DJ Rhythm & Hues
FTA + OFFTA: Hot dog for everyone
Thursday, May 30, 10 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
Forget the ketchup and mustard. Here the hot dog is reinvented by the OFFTA and FTA teams, and features a wide selection of condiments. The perfect answer to the late-night munchies.
DJ Andrew Tay
Ping-Pong ta vie !
Friday, May 31, 10 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
Believe in yourself, take the ping pong plunge! Amateurs and pseudo-pros can test their skills against friendly table tennis champions. And to spice up the action, the infamous drag queen Barbada will provide her own spin and serves.
Host DJ Barbada
With Antoine Bernadet and Jeff Sylvestre Decary
Saturday, June 1, 10 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
The long-awaited return of a mythical queer evening from the Montreal underground. Nightlife queen Laura Boo invites one and all to reconnect with the strange and the extravagant. Rekindle your inner punk in this cruise-orama, a lively event since 2011.
Curator Laura Boo
Sunday, June 2, 10 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
To the funk and electro beats of DJ Montag, the golden age of disco is revived in living colour at the Festival Bar. A flash night club full of possibility.
Tuesday, June 4, 10 p.m., Headquarters (QG).
A long, festive night to mark the end of this year’s Festival! Latin, underground and pop music on tap in the main hall with Jerico. Then, after stepping through a mysterious portal, DJ Martin awaits you in his basement with a moment for guilty pleasures from all eras.
DJ Martin Faucher + Jerico + Benoît Landry