Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Michel Brault in Conversation with André Loiselle  (Jun 14, 6:30 PM)

Michel Brault in Conversation with André Loiselle plus “Les Ordres”

This isn’t a montreal event per say, but it’s worth mentioning !!

“We are honoured to host Michel Brault, the recipient of a Governor General’s Award in 1996, in conversation with André Loiselle, and to present the classic LES ORDRES, for which Michel Brault received a Best Direction Award at the Cannes film festival, and four Canadian Film Awards.”

“All that we’ve done in France in the area of cinéma-vérité came from the National Film Board. It was Brault who brought a new technique of shooting that we hadn’t known and that we have copied ever since.” – Jean Rouch

Michel Brault (born 1928 in Montréal) is one of the country’s most accomplished and innovative filmmakers. His influence as a writer, director, and cinematographer has been significant; his collaborations with Canadian and European filmmakers have been radical, influencing the very core of projects. Brault joined the NFB in 1956, where he worked as a cameraman on a number of films in the Candid Eye series, most notably THE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, directed by Terence Macartney-Filgate. That same year Brault co-directed (with Gilles Groulx) LES RAQUETTEURS, a work that was heralded as a sort of manifesto for the NFB’s francophone filmmakers. In 1959, Michel Brault met Jean Rouch and became a cinematographer on CHRONIQUE D’UN ÉTÉ (1960), while his co-direction of the magnificent POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE (1963, with Pierre Perrault) was another important milestone. However, Brault’s career has been in no way limited to documentary filmmaking. He collaborated with Claude Jutra on À TOUT PRENDRE (1963) and by the mid-sixties he began to work as an independent filmmaker. His director of photography credits include such impressive works as Claude Jutra’s MON ONCLE ANTOINE (1971) and KAMOURASKA (1973), and Francis Mankiewicz’s LES BONSBARRAS (1979).

André Loiselle, Ph.D., teaches Film Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa. His most recent book, À l’image d’une nation: Le Cinéma de Michel Brault et l’histoire du Québec Contemporain will be published by L’Harmattan (Paris) in the Fall of 2005.

Single tickets are $10.25 (including GST) for Cinematheque Ontario members and $15.50 for non-members.

For a recent interview with Michel Brault, visit Cinema-Québécois.net (in french).


Sunday, May 15, 2005

Albert Maysles presents a Work in Progress  (May 15, 3:30 PM)

Albert Maysles will be giving a master class and presenting part of his upcoming film, a work-in-progress, “The Jew on Trial” this Sunday, May 15 at 3:30 at the NFB Cinema. Tickets are available at the NFB box office for $10 ($7 for students).

Presented as part of the Montreal Jewish Film Festival