CINÉMA PUBLIC: Two exclusive releases and lots of new films in November

Days by Tsai Ming-liang

Catch 2 exclusives: only at Cinéma Public

Days by Tsai Ming-liang will be screening exclusively at Casa d’Italia starting November 5. Selected in competition for the 2020 Berlinale, Days won the Teddy Award for films that celebrate homosexuality in cinema. It follows two lonely men who find themselves in a moment of healing, tenderness and sexual liberation, as Ming-liang continues his work of observing alienation, isolation and human relations with deep empathy.

Cinéma Public’s second exclusive is the documentary Sisters with Transistors by Lisa Rovner, seen at CPH:DOX in 2020, focuses on pioneering women in electronic music. Narrated by multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, the film is an essential introduction to an often-overlooked history, and it provides fans of experimental music with a film that lives up to their passion. Presented in collaboration with Suoni Per Il Popolo.


Meet filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

Cinéma Public is thrilled to welcome the Lebanese filmmaking duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige for a presentation of three of their films, including their latest production Memory Box (November 6). The films I Want to See (November 4 and 12) and The Lebanese Rocket Society (November 4 and 12) are also on screen, with the filmmakers in attendance on November 4. While drawing on Lebanese history, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige question the making of images and representations, the construction of imaginations, and the writing of history. Presented in collaboration with CINEMANIA.

Discover the world at Cinéma Public

Film buffs will also be able to watch France by Bruno Dumont (from November 5), the portrait of a young woman, her country and the media system in which she operates, as well as Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn by Radu Jude (from November 26), winner of the Golden Bear at the 2021 Berlinale. This Romanian film invites viewers to compare the obscenity of an amateur porn video, shared without consent, to the obscenity — and hypocrisy — of society at large.


The Leather Boys (1964) by Sidney J. Furie is the latest feature in “Underexposed,” Cinéma Public’s ongoing series of rarely screened underground classics. The Golden Globe-winning film explores London’s rock subculture via a love story between two motorcyclists. It will be presented from November 19.

Local films in all formats

Cinéma Public presents Sin La Habana by Kaveh Nabatian from November 10, with the director in attendance. As the film travels between Cuba and Montreal, it tells the story of an Afro-Cuban ballet dancer who seduces a tourist in the hope of finding a better life.

Music is at the forefront of the medium-length film Sentients, which accompanies the album of the same name released earlier this year. The experimental punk duo Crabe offers several collaborations on their 8th album, notably with Hubert Lenoir, Laurence-Anne and Benoît Poirier (Jesuslesfilles); this film, which is directed by the two members of Crabe, is screening on November 17 and 24.


On November 18, the organization Art Souterrain presents Dans les coulisses de Créer des ponts. This mini web series follows the “Créer des ponts” project — a three-month creation workshop for 60 emerging artists in the heart of downtown Montreal, supported by an alliance with the city and the real-estate community which transformed 30 vacant businesses into exhibition, meeting and production spaces. The web series follows the daily lives of the artists in residence via a workshop tour and special interviews.


Information and tickets: new reduced rates online!

Public Cinema is pleased to offer admission at a reduced rate for advance ticket purchases. These tickets now cost $10; the only exception is tickets purchased on the day of the screening, which remain unchanged at $12. For more information, visit cinemapublic.ca.

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