CINÉMA PUBLIC: Spotlight on Italian cinema and award-winning films from the Berlinale

Cinéma Public has announced its original programming for September and October: films to see on the big screen at Casa d’Italia, its new venue, from Wednesday through Sunday every week.

Two award-winning films from the Berlinale

A big-screen exclusive premiering on October 3, and presented in collaboration with the Korean Film Festival Canada, The Woman Who Ran by Hong Sang-soo puts women and sisterhood front and center. Screened in the official competition at the 2020 Berlinale, it won its filmmaker the Silver Bear for Best Director. This 24th film by the prolific South Korean director feels effortless, yet it tackles deep themes of happiness, marriage and friendship.

Opening September 24 at Casa d’Italia, I’m Your Man by Maria Schrader takes place in Germany, in the near future, where a scientist finds herself living with a humanoid robot designed to be the perfect romantic partner. The film was an official selection at the 2021 Berlinale, where Maren Eggert won the Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance.


Spotlight on Italian Cinema

To honour its new venue in the heart of Little Italy, Cinéma Public is also offering two films with Italian roots. From October 1, moviegoers will be able to see a restored version of Caffè Italia by Paul Tana, a documentary from 1985. Using both archival documents, fictional stories, current testimonials and excerpts from a theatrical creation, the Italian-Montreal filmmaker paints an endearing and nuanced portrait of the city’s Italian community. Paul Tana will be present at the October 1 and October 13 screenings to meet the public.

From October 6, Cinéma Public presents The Wonders (Le Meraviglie) by Alice Rohrwacher, winner of the 2014 Grand Prix at Cannes, and starring Monica Bellucci. In a village in central Italy, three young girls grow up on a farm on the fringes of the world as their father advocates for a special relationship with nature. But the family’s strict rules are undermined by the arrival of Martin, a young delinquent welcomed as part of a reintegration program, and by the filming of “Village of Wonders,” a game show that invades the region.

Quebec films

From October 9, Cinéma Public presents the new release of Heirdoms by Emmanuel Tardif, a psychological drama about a divided family starring Martin Dubreuil, Félix Grenier, and Charlotte Aubin. Starting October 23, the public will also be able to discover La Contemplation du mystère by Albéric Aurtenèche, an action-thriller starring Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse and Emmanuel Schwartz where the real and the unreal mingle on the edge of the Laurentian Forest.

In collaboration with Main Film, which provides creative support to independent filmmakers, Cinéma Public is offering an evening dedicated to short films from October 28. Entitled “Resilience and Communities,” it features Ka tatishtipatakanit (Éthéré) by Isabelle Kanapé; Fly Away With Me by Maude Matton, Nikki Shaffeeullah and Amina Mohamed; Storm Child by Ines Guennaoui; Desert Islands by Ralitsa Doncheva; and The Needle and the Drum by Andrés Solis Barrios.

Cinéma Public × FIFA

From October 22, the film Tokyo Ride will be showing in collaboration with the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA). Selected for the FIFA’s 2020 edition, this documentary produced by the French duo Bêka & Lemoine transposes the genre of the road movie into an urban setting, where the filmmakers travel through Tokyo in architect Ryue Nishizawa’s Alfa Romeo.

Discoveries on the small screen

Cinéma Public is also offering a diverse program of films on its online platform. Already available, Under the Same Sun by François Jacob addresses the tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan in relation to the Nagorny Karabakh region. Dating back at least a century, this territorial conflict returned to the headlines in the past year.

From October 1, moviegoers can also discover There Is No Evil by Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof, winner of the Golden Bear at the 2021 Berlinale. This drama takes place in Iran under a despotic regime where the death penalty still exists.

Information and tickets

General admission to Cinéma Public at Casa d’Italia costs $12; online ticket purchase is recommended. For more information, visit cinemapublic.ca.

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