What to see on CINÉMA PUBLIC’s platform in May

In May at Cinéma Public:

Intimate Visions, Political Fervour and Post-Apocalyptic Adventures

Cinéma Public is pleased to enhance its programming with the addition of five new films to its online platform.

Starting May 7, Cinéma Public will offer two films that were noticed during their stint at the Venice Film Festival. First, Quo vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić, among the five pictures nominated for the Best international film Oscar, which transports the viewer to Srebrenica in 1995, where Aida is a translator for the United Nations. When the Serbian army takes control of the city, her family are among thousands of citizens seeking shelter in the UN camp. A personal and humanistic look at war.

Martin Eden by Pietro Marcello will also be available starting May 7. Inspired by the eponymous novel by Jack London, this philosophical and political tale features a man torn between ideals and ambitions, addressing the ever-current themes of social disparities.

On the occasion of Comic Book Month in May, Cinéma Public is teaming up with the Montreal Comic Arts Festival to present Turbo Kid by Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissel and François Simardstarting May 12. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Canadian Film at Fantasia 2015, this post-apocalyptic film features a young boy with a passion for comic books who tries to survive the nuclear winter by exchanging items he finds for a little water.

In May, Cinéma Public explores father-daughter relationships via two touching documentaries directed by Montreal filmmakers. Starting May 14Cavebirds by director and photographer Emily Gan captures her father as he embarks on an ambitious project: to return to his native village, in Malaysia, in order to build a birdhouse there for the swangans whose nests are edible and highly sought-after. A tender film that addresses the relationship to traditions and family lines as well as questions related to migration.

For its part, Wintopia by Mira Burt-Wintonick depicts the enigmatic journey of the director’s father, renowned documentary filmmaker Peter Wintonick. Acclaimed at several festivals, this moving tale of grief, love and hope has just been nominated for three Iris prizes: Best Documentary Feature, Best Editing and Best Sound. Wintopia is now available on the platform.


Wintopia by Mira Burt-Wintonick

Canada / 2019 / Original English version with French subtitles / 88 minutes

IDFA 2019, RIDM 2020, Hot Docs 2020, Colin-Low Award for Best Canadian Documentary at DOXA 2020

*ONLINE – Now available

Martin Eden by Pietro Marcello

Italy, France, Germany / 2019 / Original Italian and French version with French subtitles / 129 minutes

Venice International Film Festival – Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Luca Marinelli

*ONLINE – Starting May 7

Quo vadis, Aida ? by Jasmila Žbanić

Bosnia and Herzegovina / 2020 / Original Bosnian, English and German version with English subtitles / 101 minutes

Venice International Film Festival 2020, TIFF 2020

*ONLINE – Starting May 7

Turbo Kid by Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissel and François Simard

Canada, USA, New Zealand / 2015 / Original English version with French subtitles / 89 minutes

Fantasia 2015 – Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature, SXSW 2015

*ONLINE – Starting May 12

Cavebirds by Emily Gan

Canada / 2019 / Original English, Mandarin, Hokkien and French with French or English subtitles / 81 minutes

Hot Docs 2019 – Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award

*ONLINE – Starting May 14


Fait vivir by Oscar Ruiz Navia – Starting April 30

About Endlessness by Roy Andersson – Starting April 30

La cabane aux oiseaux by Célia Rivière – Starting May 1


More information: www.cinemapublic.ca

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