Programmation

19:00 - Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda
Espace court

A police search disturbs the peace and quiet of a suburban family and arouses suspicions in Nicolas about his father Sylvain, a secret man with suspicious activities.

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Completing the trilogy of wickedly dark comedy shorts that began with Spider and Bear, Nash Edgerton finds a perfect match in Rose Byrne as Sofie, a woman who loves pranks just as much as Jack, Edgerton’s onscreen alter ego. Alas, the couple’s quest to outdo each other may lead to the most outrageous calamity of all.

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March 2020. After China, the whole planet locks itself in. Our world, which we call “real,” is drained of what used to be its substance, and forms of digital life multiply, like these couples whose avatars share a common life in a virtual universe.
But what if the crisis we are actually experiencing is not a pandemic, but an accelerated derealization of our lives?

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Beyond the cultivated lands and fallow fields of the Quebec countryside, the barns stand in the acres of roads, the guardians of secrets and stories that haunt them. Both an aesthetic essay and a documentary, this film catalogs the eerie landscapes of the Eastern Townships, a crossroads where legends, paranormal experiences and miscellaneous events intersect.

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Kenza, 15, and her little brother Madhi, 13, regularly humiliate one another on social media. On the bus, Kenza puts her naive and romantic little brother to the test: to profess his love for Jada, the girl that Madhi loves, even though she does not know him.

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Three best friends, sworn virgins, get into a fight with local boys. When things get rough, they are saved by a girl in transition.

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Montreal, Quebec. An apartment building. Three rough childhoods collide. Mélissa, Eddy and Karine live in the same building and from a young age, they have to deal with an environment that crushes grown-ups. The hooker's corner, the violent neighbourhood, parents' debauchery parties, bad company, stealing to survive: for them, all this is quite normal, it's their life. Are their parents to blame? Or do they love the best they can? Are we all condemned to repeat what we have experienced?

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Antoine and his former” big brother” reunite after the latter, now a father, moved to Russia several years ago. They roam the city to make up for lost time, but quickly realize that their relationship is no longer the same.

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A young woman with a knee injury is anxious to return to work as a waitress and an actress.

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Maurice Sanders has a gift. He is a nipple whisperer, and he was once known as "Magic Sandy." But that was years ago. At that moment, Doris, a famous model, was Sanders' muse. However, she got sick. Now, after more than ten years since she last saw Maurice, Doris wants to meet with him again.

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19:00 - Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda
Espace court

December 24, 1983, 10:50 p.m.; Julie and her cousins ate too much sugar, Santa Claus is late and Denis, alone in his car, is anxious at the idea of setting foot in his ex-in-law's house to pick up his children. Les grandes claques, an early coming-of-age movie that is as dark and grating as it is poetic, brings fathers and daughters together.

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Nearly seventeen years old, Laetitia navigates between her attachment disorder and her blatant need for love. In a world where image control is absolute, LOVE ME tells the story of the quest for the love with a capital L, through the various forms of self-representation.

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For Christmas, three garbage collectors, Elie, Nino and Belz, are surprised to be invited to dinner at the home of the Prime Minister and the First Lady. They arrive, enthusiastic and candid, without suspecting that, on the menu, is a painful series of manipulations and deceptions. Au plaisir les ordures is a dramatic comedy with the feel of a revolutionary tale, which seeks to expose the interaction between the well-veiled despise of the political class and a sudden awareness of its people.

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When Gérard discovers a dead raccoon in his backyard, the old man finds himself strangely upset and confronted with his own disappearance. Obsessed with the dead animal, Jocelyne feels her man's despair growing, a feeling that curiously resonates within her. After a night of reflection, they decide to bury the raccoon on the land of their former home in Joutel, a mining ghost town that has been closed since 1998. Once on the site, which now looks more like a ruin than a boreal forest, Jocelyne is deeply nostalgic. It is there, during a morbid picnic to bury the animal, that they will meet a mystical being who will guide them to make peace with their inner demons.

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During the pandemic, a grocery delivery man is busier than ever. He receives orders, fills shopping carts, and delivers packages. Receive, fill, deliver from dawn to dusk, day in and day out. He navigates strange streets and knocks on unfamiliar doors. As he grows tired, a feeling of loneliness washes over him and he begins to feel defeated—until he suddenly finds a thermal gun pressed to his forehead.

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Fred is unable to finish is thesis on Nietszsche. Out of money, he gets a job as the night-shift janitor in a 24h grocery store. Full of strange customers and even stranger staff, the grocery store eventually helps Fred find what his real place might actually be.

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Lost between the trail, the forest and the factory, northern Québec’s youth wander as they ask themselves what the future will bring.

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In post-war Kosovo, driven by the ambition of keeping their beloved sport alive, two local players wander from one obscure location to another carrying with them the only possession of the club: their tables.

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Head Gamekeeper Abel discovers the Thing that is eating his Grouse and brings the horror back home to his already crumbling relationship with his wife.

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13:30 - Théâtre du cuivre
Séance gratuite

Maxime, a Val-d’Or native in his early twenties, works in an underground mine near his hometown. He’s on a 14-day on 14-day off schedule. He shares his life between his girlfriend with whom he’s patiently trying to father a child and his childhood friend Julien, now disabled following a car accident caused by Maxime a year earlier. Since then, guilt eats him up slowly as he intends to redeem himself, only to find Mario, Julien’s father, on his path, slowing the process down. The father, who works at the mine with him, still holds a grudge for his role in the accident. One night, there is an explosion underground. Maxime heads underground that night with the firm intention of bringing all his colleagues back alive. Through the daily life of these mine workers, Souterrain puts forward the contrast between the harshness of the setting of underground mines and the great human beings who work there.

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17:00 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 1 - Soirée d'ouverture protocolaire - 17h

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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11-year-old Antonin drags his mother to the nursing home, determined to meet his grandfather for the first time. Unable to convince his grandpa’s estranged daughter to join him, Antonin goes in alone. In a room festooned with nautical paraphernalia, he finds gruff and solitary Gilles, who ends up taking him on an unexpected journey. Emboldened by his new friendship, Antonin decides to orchestrate a father-daughter reconciliation.

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When André, 85, has a stroke, Emmanuelle hurries to her father’s bedside. Sick and half-paralyzed in his hospital bed, he asks Emmanuelle to help him end his life. But how can you honor such a request when it’s your own father?

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21:00 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 1 - Soirée d'ouverture - 21h

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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11-year-old Antonin drags his mother to the nursing home, determined to meet his grandfather for the first time. Unable to convince his grandpa’s estranged daughter to join him, Antonin goes in alone. In a room festooned with nautical paraphernalia, he finds gruff and solitary Gilles, who ends up taking him on an unexpected journey. Emboldened by his new friendship, Antonin decides to orchestrate a father-daughter reconciliation.

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When André, 85, has a stroke, Emmanuelle hurries to her father’s bedside. Sick and half-paralyzed in his hospital bed, he asks Emmanuelle to help him end his life. But how can you honor such a request when it’s your own father?

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09:30 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 2

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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ITCHY is a simple-minded but charismatic camel whose itchy hump is a constant distraction. As he absent-mindedly wanders through the desert, Itchy comes across a basketball... and discovers he has a particular affinity for hoops!

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Hiding death doesn’t make it disappear. A young girl suffers from the adults’ silences and feels dispossessed of her right to mourn.
Once adult, she describes the tender gestures that bind her to the dead.

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In a dystopian future, a trio of musicians discover a degraded vinyl record and attempt to reimagine one of its songs.

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After winning her first international title, an 11-year-old gymnast experiences both new pressures and a new degree of self-awareness. The more recognition she gets, the more she realizes that the game has only just begun.

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Eve Vernet has been the most famous rose maker. Today, she is on the verge of bankruptcy, about to be bought out by a powerful competitor. Her loyal receptionist, Vera, might have the solution: hire three outcasts with absolutely no gardening skills. With nothing in common, the four protagonists come up with the craziest plan to save the little artisanal workshop.

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11:00 - Centre de congrès de Rouyn-Noranda
Brunch-Conférence

Presented in collaboration with Radio-Canada

Sunday, October 31 - 11 a.m.
Centre de congrès de Rouyn-Noranda
41, 6e Rue, Rouyn-Noranda
$ 30 (including brunch)

To mark its 40th anniversary, the Festival wishes to pay tribute to its journalist friends who supported it in its early years. In the form of a round table, Francine Grimaldi, Franco Nuovo, Pierre Therrien, Jean-Pierre Tadros, Marc-André Lussier, François Lévesque, René-Homier Roy, Michel Coulombe will recall memories and tell anecdotes on the Festival. The event, hosted by Martin Guérin, promises to be filled with laughter and revelations!

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13:30 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 3

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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Louise works as a human resources advisor. She operates in a tense work environment in which power dynamics take many forms. Trying to manage a conflict between the interests of the company and those of the employees, Louise will be confronted with various means of pressure oscillating between contempt and violence. Her choice will have serious repercussions.

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Mathieu is a brilliant neurosurgeon whose professional and personal life are plummeting. Facing divorce, losing his job, and having a problem with substance abuse, his midlife crisis is causing quite a stir. On top of that, the sudden death of his father forces him to return home to Anishinabe territory, a place he has tried to avoid since childhood.
Despite this, Mathieu agrees to go and lay his father's ashes to rest in the heart of their ancestral territory and at the same time wishes to reconnect with his origins. The ride away from the city seems like a nice break until he realizes that he is now the prey of an evil creature known as the Wendigo. Mathieu's trip quickly turns into an unimaginable nightmare that will change him forever. Whether we like it or not, our sins always catch up with us.

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During their teenage years, a few unlucky teens are struck by cancer. This is a period of great anguish and loneliness. However, as they emerge from their treatments, an opportunity arises that seemed unattainable until then: they can participate in expeditions in the company of other young cancer patients.
By following them in their daily lives and in these adventures in nature, André Robitaille shares the experiences of these young people who are trying to break out of their solitude and regain hope in the future that they had before the disease hit them head-on.

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19:00 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 4 : Soirée LeBleu

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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Montreal, a multigenerational house loaded with books, paintings, and knick-knacks, so many memories revived on the evening of one last Christmas Eve. Luc, a retired pediatrician and teacher in his eighties, lives with his son François, a pediatrician like his father, and François' wife Esther. The old man has now decided to end his life as he is suffering and physically diminished. In a corrosive and sensitive verbal joust, he asks his son to end his days in privacy. The son then takes him on an existential and circus-like journey through the streets of Montreal where the father is supposed to go to his final destination, a hospital where he will be confronted with his ultimate wish: the choice between the finality of medical assistance to die or a return to square one, the small pleasures of what remains of his life, alive.

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Mathieu is a young and talented black box analyst on a mission to solve the reason behind the deadly crash of a brand-new aircraft. Yet, when the case is closed by authorities, Mathieu cannot help but sense there is something wrong with the evidence. As he listens to the tracks again, he starts detecting some seriously disturbing details. Could the tape have been modified? Going against his boss’ orders, Mathieu begins his own rogue investigation – an obsessional and dangerous quest for truth that will quickly threaten far more than his career...

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09:30 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 5 : Matinée Desjardins

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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Bad Seeds takes us to a bizarre world populated by carnivorous plants that can change shapes the way a chameleon changes colour. The director deftly connects growth with rivalry and evolution with competition, crafting an increasingly shocking duel peppered with allusions to the western, the Cold War, board games, and much more.

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During their office break, Rich and his colleagues joke about a new female colleague by commenting on some of her photos with macho allusions and jokes. A pink smoke bomb launched by some feminist protesters enters the office window and hits Rich, who is then catapulted into a deep and hellish dream.

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In a small town in Southern Italy, now inhabited only by elderly citizens, a visionary Mayor has an idea to defeat depopulation: a video to promote his town as a tourist destination, following the Greek example.

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Boushra, one of the Syrian potato-picking girls in Lebanon, returns from a long day of work in the field only to learn that today her childhood will come to an end.

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In Eastern Ukraine, Terry and his team of forensic doctors are working on the crash of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight. Pressed by the proximity of the fighting in progress, they must quickly identify the corpses of their compatriots. Between the Russian soldiers who supervise the operation and Terry’s team, the tension is palpable: they do not agree on the identity of one of the bodies. Against a backdrop of cultural shock and homophobia, a violent and unexpected discussion will lead everyone to confront the harsh reality.

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After being arrested in the Dominican Republic, an Afro-American woman escapes and is sheltered by 3 minors, in a dangerous district of Santo Domingo. By becoming their protégée and maternal figure, she will see her destiny change inexorably.

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13:30 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 6 : Après-midi Desjardins

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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A deserted street in the city. A train crashes into a man's apartment. Girls rush out of the train and shamelessly destroy everything on their paths. The man will never be the same.

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En 8 temps is a love story between me and dancing. I walk around the city with my headphones on. I imagine myself dancing to the rhythm, inspired by my territory, my city. With a touch of nostalgia, I let myself be guided by the music.

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Documentary on the life the regional artist Marthe Julien and her future in the artistic field.

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A suspenseful animated short film starring Augustine, a young girl, living in a magical Victorian world. One evening, when her parents are away, she finds herself alone in the family home. This evening will change her life forever...

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A young letter carrier falls in love during his daily rounds. His day will not be easy.

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As winter approaches, an exclusive Golf Club hires a multinational biotech whose “revolutionary” fertilizer melts the snow, contaminating the water and the residents of Peacock Island, transformed into mutants.
André (15) watches as the infection spreads, leaving him orphaned and in charge of his baby sister Annie. He meets Dan, a wannabe survivalist who has taken refuge in a high-end grocery store with his daughter, not so lucky Patricia. They embark on an adventure that takes them to the source of the contamination. In a race against the clock, they fight peacocks and mad scientists and finally the army itself…

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19:00 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 7 : Soirée Desjardins

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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Screen addiction. Species at risk. Whatever!
A dead tree goes viral, attracting wildlife, a nature lover, and a crowd of online followers.
Animated entirely outside, “WhateverTree” examines our connection to nature in the age of social media, screens, and selfies.

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Colombia, 1980s. Doctor Hector Abad Gomez fights to bring the Medellin residents out of poverty. Despite the threats against him, he refuses to be kept silent. The destiny of this committed doctor and devoted family man is revealed through the gentle and admiring eyes of his son.

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09:30 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 8 : Matinée Fonderie Horne

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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Deep into her dreams, Ava wanders through the mysterious walls of her childhood dollhouse.

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We follow Otilia's journey through her passion for dance, at various times in her life. The film depicts the life of a large part of the population that gives up its dreams for work.

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On board shared vehicles, destinies converge. On the way to a shopping mall, a festival, a wedding, or simply for a driving session, drivers and passengers test and reinvent their bonds of love, friendship, and family...

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Nikos lives in the attic of the family’s tailor shop. When the bank threatens to repossess the shop and his father falls ill, Nikos acts quickly: with a wondrously strange tailor shop on wheels, he reinvents himself while bringing style and confidence to the women of Athens.

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13:30 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 9 : Après-midi Fonderie Horne

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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Once again, Little Red Riding Hood has to bring a cake, a jar of jam and butter to her grandmother. But this time, the wolf is not there to meet her.

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Loggers are happily humming while they cut down trees to be used as decor for a fashion show in a deafening noise of chainsaws. A contemporary cartoon satire, in the form of a burlesque action musical tragicomedy, leads us into a delirious whirlwind of chain reactions as chaotic as they are grotesque.

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A referee struggles to maintain control over a 2nd grade basketball game.

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Based on one of the directors’ own experiences, this film is a somewhat ironic tribute to the famous hidden camera TV programme Taxicab Confessions and to New York City.

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During a summer tour with their family, the two halves of Saratoga follow along the river and put their mind towards finding poetry in everything and nothing, as long as they can stop and look for it. A well-deserved respite in beauty.

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Dongzi, a small-town youth, becomes debt-collector, Xi Jun’s henchman, in an attempt to pay off his sick father’s hospital bills. A cold and estranged parent-child relationship, an unsettling life on the streets, and an ambiguous relationship with a young woman; in Dongzi’s shoes, this is what it is like to be twenty-one.

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19:00 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 10 : Soirée Fonderie Horne

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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From his shabby apartment in Montreal’s Centre-Sud borough, a writer finds inspiration in observing his neighbour Piton, who navigates poverty with some incredible ingenuity. Through this wildly funny pseudo-scientific allegory, graphic novelist turned filmmaker Richard Suicide draws us into the surreal, chaotic world of his book Chroniques du Centre-Sud, delivering a powerful portrait of a neighbourhood in the midst of a full-blown transformation. Produced by the NFB, this film is part of the Comic Strip Chronicles collection.

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Achille is a dairy farmer whose son, Félix, comes to visit his father for a weekend. During this time, this young father, exhausted by his work and slowly giving up on his passion, will be confronted with his son, passionate about the work and the life on the farm.

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For as long as 8-year-old Jimmy can remember, his overprotective mother has kept him safe inside their barricaded home, away from the monsters roaming outside. But Jimmy gets increasingly inquisitive, desperate to see what's out there — despite the danger.

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Resonance is an intimate portrait of a young woman who is diagnosed with a chronic and incurable disease that disrupts her existence and addresses the initial shock and her quest to find a new balance.

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Lyon, 1960s. Emile is twelve years old. His father is a hero. He says he is a judo champ, a parachutist, a soccer player and even a personal advisor to General de Gaulle. Now he wants to save French Algeria! Fascinated and proud, Emile willingly follows his father in missions of utmost danger: tailing, spying, delivering top-secret letters. Emile carries out his orders in all seriousness. He even recruits Luca, a new classmate, into his secret combat. But what if the father’s exploits were all phony, and far too dangerous for children?

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09:30 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 11 : Matinée Bell

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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Two polar bears are driven into exile due to global warming. They will encounter brown bears along their journey, with whom they will try to cohabitate.

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Whatever the risks, Polina has travelled across Europe to get her daughter back. Arriving in Belgium, gun in hand, she discovers a peaceful family scene, a loving father, and a well-behaved child. Destabilized, can Polina still trust her intuition?

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In a secluded cabin surrounded by untrodden snow, a man delves into his childhood memories with his father. Nothing can disrupt this moment of introspection, not even the most dangerous threat.

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Massoud, a young and open-minded student works as a tourist guide in his spare time. He is passionate about culture and art. He is the only son of Barkaye, a respected and tolerant Imam of a small village community in the Sahel region.
His life will be turned upside down by the daily injustices he sees in his native region. Little by little, Massoud gets radicalized and his discourse changes. Massoud ends up joining a terrorist movement.

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13:30 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 12 : Après-midi Bell

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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Followed by his faithful cameraman, a shady reporter takes off on a journey to document a presumed exctinct species.

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Cinematic reflection of the vision that the director had at a young age of the woman she would become.

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A Hong Kong hitman retires as a fisherman on peaceful Grass Island. One day, his Chinese apprentice shows up, tasked to kill him before the last ferry departs.

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In the near future, when getting an abortion has once again become a criminal offense, Kara is confronted by a grim and brutal reality. Even though obvious dangers are at play, she seeks out the services of an illegal mobile abortion clinic. Once inside the meanders of this morbid clinic, she is confronted with the repercussions of her painful decision.

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Olka, a seventeen-year-old girl from a small city, sets off to a foreign country on her own. It will turn out to be the trip of her lifetime, a trip into the unknown, on which she will try to reconnect with her estranged father. In Ireland, she will come to know a different world and meet people who will change her approach to life.

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19:00 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 13 : Soirée Bell

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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While his wife believes he is at a corporate seminar in Paris, Jean-Luc is sitting in a boat moving in the bayou somewhere in Louisiana. He has an appointment with the voodoo wizard Richardson. This wizard is known for solving all problems.

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After a year away from home, Chantale, who now lives and studies in Paris, returns to Quebec City, to spend the Holidays with her mother and sister. Against all odds, her father, with whom she has a contentious relationship, has offered to pick her up at the airport and drive her there. Hesitant about seeing him again, she accepts his offer, nonetheless.

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Tom is a young trader at a London bank, but his recent results have put him on the hot seat. When the first plane hit the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11th, 2001, Tom is convinced it is a terrorist attack, not an accident. He then jumps into the biggest trade of his life...

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Etienne is a very respected college professor who thrives on teaching philosophy. One day, Nacira, a bright young Muslim student challenges Etienne’s beliefs to the point of turning his world upside down.

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09:30 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 14 : Matinée Ville de Rouyn-Noranda

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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Renaud is 85 years old and lives in Paris with his trusty wheelchair-caregiver. He is a loner, creature of habit, peacefully blocked for years on the top floor of a Montmartre building. But what if a new woman, moving into the apartment across the street, suddenly messes up his routine? What if both start feeling an uncontrollable desire to no longer live-in solitude?

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Who wouldn't give their all for a child? A mother sees an opportunity to escape the hardships of a life of poverty by selling her organs to a sick, very rich, elderly neighbor. And she hands over her own flesh in exchange for gold. Little by little, necessity gives way to a craving for more gold.

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An Afro-Surrealist story about a giant woman and a tiny man who, through the power of touch, experience an unexpected transformation.

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A hunter, tormented with the approaching death of his wife, is confronted with his emotions.

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Every night, The Censor, and his team moderate Yoko’s dreams. Every night, they do their best to mask the painful thoughts that arise from her subconscious. Tonight nothing happens as planned.

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On the Day of Music in the Tuileries Gardens, Joseph runs into Joséphine who left him suddenly one year earlier. During the night, he tries to hold back time and reinvent their relationship.

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Après le décès de son mari, Claudina retourne vivre chez sa fille, avec qui la relation a toujours été houleuse. Elle rencontrera la voisine, Elsa, qui lui fera découvrir le véritable amour. Sous le jugement de sa petite ville conservatrice du sud du Chili, Claudina devra être brave afin de laisser derrière elle ce qu’elle a toujours connu.

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13:30 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 15 : Après-midi Ville de Rouyn-Noranda

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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SHIFT represents the consequences of our relationship with the planet we call home, wherein our actions cause a ripple effect of disaster and destruction. None that can’t be undone if we can make a shift.

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The severed head of a choreographer is held captive by an eagle on a desert island. With a dazzling mastery of drawing and painting, this animated short unexpectedly takes us into the sensitive world of an artist madly in love with dance.

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Poetic and engaged film about the universality of Isaac Newton's laws of motion. It offers 3 choreographies created in situ in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. No matter our skin colour, our origins, our gender. or our age, we are all moving bodies, and this is universal.

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During the lockdown, everyone in Spain shows their gratitude to the health care workers by applauding from their windows at 8pm. Greg would like to join them but he’s too busy solving an international online relationship crisis.

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"France" represents simultaneously the portrait of a woman, a television journalist, a country, and a system, the media.

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19:00 - Théâtre du cuivre
Bloc 16 : Soirée ville de Rouyn-Noranda

Via des messages sur un répondeur. divers artistes du cinéma, proches du Festival, abordent le 7e art sous des angles différents reliés à leur pratique, préoccupations et démarche artistique.
Les cinéastes Béatriz Mediavilla et Cédric Corbeil, appuyés par 8 étudiants en cinéma du Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ont recueilli ces témoignages afin de créer des messages d'amour offerts au cinéma et au Festival pour son 40e anniversaire.

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In nature, a couple is a male and a female. Well, not always! A couple is also a female and a female. Or a male and a male. You may not be aware of it, but homosexuality isn't just a human story.

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Billie's birthday takes a turn for the worse when her friends tell her that she won't be able to fulfill her dream of playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) because she is a girl.

Produced as part of the City of Rouyn-Noranda's participatory project, this short film marks both the 25th anniversary of the Huskies and the 40th anniversary of the Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

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After being touched by a patient's story, a psychiatrist learns the hard way that appearances are sometimes deceptive.

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Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally beguiling. All of Phil’s romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land: He can castrate a bull calf with two swift slashes of his knife; he swims naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as his hides. The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose, the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, revelling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter – all except his brother George, who comforts Rose then returns to marry her. As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form – he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil’s cowhand disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace?

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I'm in love with my memories

I'm in love with my memories shatters the unconditional friendship of two best friends when Raphael tries to confess to Florence that he feels perhaps more than friendly love for her.

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While observing life outside his shop, a barber thinks he sees someone who is after his life and his family. Confronted with imminent danger, the barber decides to react.

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This video-poetry is the portrait of a woman who lives in the Gaspé forest, at the mercy of the power of winter. Alone, she contemplates the strength and fragility of the universe that surrounds her. Something has led her to flee and to cut herself off from the world. With the help of a seemingly absent (or perhaps imagined) sister to whom she turns, this woman attempts to rebuild.
The existential contemplation that nature allows is a feminist approach, anchored in the wild.
The Sestrales images are video scenes captured in the mountains of Gaspésie by Estelle Frenette-Vallières. The Sestrales words are poems taken from the book of the same title, written by Andréane Frenette-Vallières on the North Shore, published by Éditions du Noroît. The film Sestrales is about the story of two sisters in their respective creative solitudes.

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Wishing to go anywhere as long as it is "Elsewhere," Camille hitchhikes where she crosses paths with Oli. However, the poor condition of Oli's car leaves our two heroes stranded in the middle of nowhere where they will have to make the hard choice between continuing on their way or turning back.

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Réal Gendron is a gullible old man. He believes in God. He believes in friendship. And he believes in life. So, when he receives an e-mail from Africa telling him that he’s the sole heir to a stranger’s staggering fortune, he will believe in it too.

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Like every winter, the boys get together for a weekend sprinkled with snow and psychotropic drugs. A necessary tradition to abandon oneself, to marvel and to trust the unknown.

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Sitting on an uncomfortable chair, a young woman emotionally shares memories, thoughts, and intimate moments of her life.

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May 20, 1980. After the death of his father, Raymond Tremblay, a tax investigator, begins to suspect the funeral home of fraudulent practices. Accompanied by his daughter, Little Lucie, he decides to investigate in Saguenay, his native city, in the context of the Quebec sovereignty referendum.

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Facing the climate crisis, Louise, a philosophy teacher, turns words into action.

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Benoit and Catherine, a couple in their late twenties, go to his parents' house for dinner. It is with surprise and apprehension that they learn that the whole family is invited for supper and that the evening may not go as planned!

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“The Jokester,” better known as Marc-André Avon, is at a crossroads when his work in the drug-trade with his best friend Manuel Gingras turns sour. When Manuel's family life is jeopardized, Marc-André turns to his lifelong passion hoping to start a new career: stand up comedy. Camped in a redneck region of Quebec, the Jokester is torn by the idea of losing his best friend to reconnect with his family.

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