Centre Phi presents
Festival Cinema Paradiso

A week of special film screenings and activities from January 29 to February 3

January 13, 2018

The Phi Centre, in collaboration with new film distributor MK2 | Mile End, invites cinephiles to an exciting series of Canadian advance screenings along with a discussion of socio-cultural issues, and an intimate conversation with director and screenwriter Kim Nguyen. This one-of-a-kind event celebrates the best that cinema has to offer.

L’apparition and Rodin have been added to the programming! L’apparition follows Jacques, a reporter hired to verify the story of a girl who has seen the Virgin Mary. Rodin, nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, is a biographical drama depicting the legendary French sculptor.

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Schedule in progress

January 29
6 pm – L’atelier* – Laurent Cantet
*Followed by a talk with Kim Nguyen

January 30
6 pm – La confession – Nicolas Boukhrief
8:30 pm – L’apparition – Xavier Giannoli

January 31
6 pm – La villa – Nicolas Boukhrief
8 pm – Radiance* – Naomi Kawase
*Part of the Cannes Film Festival 2017 Official Selection
Preceded by the first images of Mirai by Mamoru Hosoda

February 1
6 pm – Une famille syrienne* – Philippe Van Leeuw
*Followed by a talkback and mezze tasting
8 pm – Les gardiennes – Xavier Beauvois

February 2
6 pm – Gauguin – Voyage de Tahiti – Edouard Deluc
8 pm – Rodin – Jacques Doillon

February 3
7 pm – Normandie nue* – Philippe Le Guay
*Preceded by the first images of Le grand bain by Gilles Lellouche

The schedule will be completed shortly. Many surprises and activities await moviegoers!

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A new kind of festival

The first two editions of Festival Cinema Paradiso drew huge crowds in Paris. Now the event is crossing the ocean and setting up shop at the Phi Centre from January 29 to February 3 for a week of special activities devoted to all things cinema. Cinema Paradiso will be presented in collaboration with MK2 | Mile End. This important new player on Quebec’s film distribution scene aspires to become a global brand dedicated to offering a truly cinematic experience.

In France, the festival has brought film buffs together with inclusive experiences that reinvent what movie going is all about – the latest edition even included a nightclub, a bowling alley at the Grand Palais, and a restaurant. The concept for the Montreal edition is to create a mini first-run film fest where local movie lovers can enjoy advance screenings and attend public discussions with artists who have come to promote their films.

In France, the festival has brought film buffs together with inclusive experiences that reinvent what movie going is all about – the latest edition even included a nightclub, a bowling alley… and a restaurant.

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Films that wow and films that hit hard

A screening of Laurent Cantet’s L’atelier will open the festival on January 29 at 6 pm. The film tells the story of Antoine, a young man who decides to take a noir fiction-writing workshop with well-known novelist Olivia. As the film progresses, current events and violence intrude into the program. In keeping with the film’s focus on writing, the screening will be followed by an intimate and informal conversation about the screenplay with Quebec director Kim Nguyen, whose films have garnered numerous international awards and an Oscar nomination in 2013 for Rebelle in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

World events take centre stage on February 1 at a special screening of Une famille syrienne by Belgian filmmaker Philippe Van Leeuw. Winner of the Panorama Audience Award at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, the film portrays the harrowing daily life of a family in war-torn Damascus as they wrestle to decide whether to leave or stay and resist. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by We Do Something, an organization dedicated to bringing Montrealers together at memorable events for worthwhile causes. Les Filles Fattoush will serve mezze at the event to more fully immerse attendees in Syria’s rich heritage.

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Une famille syrienne


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MK2 | Mile End

MK2 | Mile End is a film distribution company that also has plans to get involved in production, theatre programming, virtual reality, and cinema-based event development in the near and medium term MK2 | Mile End is the exclusive distributor of MK2’s catalogue in Quebec.

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Phi is a multidisciplinary arts and culture organization dedicated to art in all its forms that cultivates all aspects of creation, development, production and dissemination. Phi is at the intersection of art, film, music, design and technology. Through eclectic programming and a strong emphasis on content creation, Phi fosters unexpected encounters between artists and audiences. Headquartered at the Phi Centre in Montreal Canada, Phi was created by Director and Founder Phoebe Greenberg.

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