Cinéma sous les étoiles unveils its program and offers 32 outdoor screenings in 10 Montreal parks this summer!


The Cinéma sous les étoiles presented by Funambules Médias has unveiled the entire program of its 12nd  annual festival. 32 free screenings of films anchored in local and international news will animate the public space to elevate the citizen debate. The event remains free but a reservation will be required to access the screenings.

For the past 12 years, Cinéma sous les étoiles has been offering a rich and diverse program, composed of the best of social and political documentary cinema from here and elsewhere. This year, Funambules Médias is proud to present a joint program from five continents: 52 documentary films, 26 feature and medium-length films, 25 short films and a web series. Each screening will be followed by a meeting with the filmmakers or with specialists in the issues addressed, creating a space for public discussion in a friendly atmosphere.


Presented at the opening on July 13 at Laurier Park,the film Bank Job (Daniel Edelstyn, Hilary Powell, UNITED KINGDOM) offers an insightful and humorous investigation into the dark world of debt.


The documentary format allows us to explore in depth the complex issues of our time. The selected films will present a global portrait of the social and political issues of the year, such as the social and colonial struggles in several countries. Particular attention will be paid to the conditions of exiles, refugees, people in a situation of homelessness, as well as to the increase in real estate. The issue of climate change — including proposals for alternatives — will also be a theme that will be highlighted. The notions of identity, gender and feminism will also be at the rendezvous. During the summer, several works that have marked documentary cinema this year will be presented:

Je m’appelle humain (Kim O’Bomsawin, Quebec, Canada), winner of numerous festival Awards across the country

▷ July 15, 2021, 9:00 pm, Molson Park

I call myself human proposes a foray into the history of a multi-millennial people alongside a free woman who devoted her life to transmitting her knowledge and that of her ancestors.

Tant que j’ai du respir dans le corps (Steve Patry, Quebec, Canada), winner of the humanist prize at the Festival Vues-sur-Mer 2021
▷ July 21, 2021, 9:00 pm, Laurier Park
In Montreal, front-line workers are working hard to provide tailored care to the most vulnerable citizens in our society.

No Ordinary Man (Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt, Quebec, Canada), winner of Best Canadian Film at the Reelout Queer Film Festival 2021, the Audience Award at the South Western International Film Festival 2020 and the New Looks and Special Mention Award / Magnus Isacsson Award at RIDM 2020
▷ August 9, 2021, 8:30 pm, Parc des Faubourgs
The film is a dive into the life of jazz musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton. Complex and beautiful, this innovative film highlights a community that vibrates in unison to honour the legacy of this unlikely hero.

Hong Kong Moments (Zhou Bing, Germany) — Quebec premiere
▷ August 11, 2021, 8:30 pm, Laurier Park
Filmed in 2019, this documentary by the Hong Kong filmmaker shows the fragmentation of society through the opinion of seven people from different backgrounds.

Les Roses (Félix Rose, Quebec, Canada), winner of the Iris Audience Award at the Gala Québec Cinéma 2021
▷ August 12, 2021, 8:30 pm, Molson Park
In October 1970, members of the Front de libération du Québec kidnapped Minister Pierre Laporte, triggering an unprecedented crisis in Quebec. Fifty years later, Félix Rose is trying to understand what may have led his father and uncle to commit such acts.

Among the highlights of the selection are also Errance sans retour, which offers a poetic, immersive and powerful look at the world’s most populous refugee camp, the Kutupalong refugee camp;  Demain est si loin (international first) which, between police harassment and criminalization, addresses the question of solidarity that comes to the aid of exiles; After Work (international premiere), which portrays a small French working-class town in full transformation; Chained (Agora II) (Canadian premiere) which follows Greek government figures in their confrontation with EU austerity demands, as right-wing extremism explodes in the country and refugees flock to the coasts; Behind the fence (Quebec premiere) which highlights the first intifada (uprising) as an important phase in the Palestinian struggle against walls and separation; Les fils on the ambition of les Fils, religious of a new kind of the Pointe-Saint-Charles district, to leave the presbyteries to meet the “real world”, and even work in the factory; Les libres which plunges us into the lives of four inmates at the end of their sentence of incarceration in the workplace; Push that explores new unlivable cities; Aza Kivy, who reveals the resistance of a community of Malagasy fishermen as a mining company is set up that will affect their way of life.


For the first time, the Cinéma sous les étoiles will offer complete programs of short films, from July 26 to 29, 2021. The program #1: Living Together will offer six short films that push us to rethink the way we live together. The program #2: Personal and Collective Struggles will consist of seven films that address collective and individual struggles or resistances. The program #3: Memory, Present and Renewal is composed of six films that explore the precariousness of tradition, history and its rewriting or that push us to question our relationship with the world. The #4: Resistance and Emancipation program reveals the plural strength of women.

All programming, special events as well as the locations and schedules of the screenings are available online or on The Facebook page of the festival.


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