August 2 to 25, 2021
Cinéma sous les étoiles presented by Funambules Médias is presenting 15 free outdoor screenings during the month of August as part of its 12th edition. Taking place in 7 Montreal parks from August 2 to 25, 2021, the event remains free although a reservation is required to access the screenings.
Errance sans retour (Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins, Quebec, Canada), winner of numerous awards at festivals around the world.
▷ August 2, 2021, 8:45 pm, Parc des Faubourgs
The documentary film Errance sans retour offers a poetic, immersive and powerful look at the world’s most populous refugee camp, the Kutupalong refugee camp.
Demain est si loin (Muriel Cravatte, France) — International premiere.
▷ August 3, 2021, 8:45 pm, Parc Médéric-Martin
Between police harassment and criminalization, the solidarity workers who come to the aid of exiles are organizing to continue to act.
Soirée lauréats·es courts métrages.
▷ August 4, 2021, 8:15 pm, Laurier Park
Special screening evening during which the Cinéma sous les étoiles will unveil and present all the winning films of the Cinéma sous les étoiles 2021 short film competition.
Behind the Fence (Tamara Abu Laban, Palestine), winner of the best film at the Jerusalem International Film Festival — Quebec premiere.
▷ August 4, 2021, 8:45 pm, Parc Saint-Gabriel
This documentary highlights the first intifada (uprising) as an important phase in the Palestinian struggle against the walls and separation. By focusing on the residents of the Dheisheh refugee camp, the film documents the broader context of the resistance.
Aza Kivy (Lova Nantenaina, Madagascar), Feature-length documentary mention and sustainable development mention at Vues d’Afrique 2021.
▷ August 5, 2021, 8:45 pm, Molson Park
In the name of “development”, trawlers are plundering “their” sea, and this Australian mining project is a new curse. To keep his courage, Edmond baptized his canoe: “Aza Kivy” (“Let’s not give up”).
Tenir tête (Mathieu Arsenault, Quebec, Canada)
▷ August 6, 2021, 8:45 pm, Parc Saint-Viateur
They experienced the ecstasies of psychosis and the meanders of depression. They tell each other to fight prejudice and give hope to those struggling with mental illness.
No Ordinary Man (Un vrai gentleman) (Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt, Quebec, Canada). Several times it won awards at international festivals as well as here at the RIDM.
▷ August 9, 2021, 8:30 pm, Parc des Faubourgs
No Ordinary Man 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.
La Lucha Sigue (Sam Vinal, Honduras)
▷ August 10, 2021, 8:30 pm, Parc Médéric-Martin
In Honduras, the most dangerous place in the world for those who defend the land, the people of Lenca and Garífuna do not back down.
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 Fils (Manon Cousin, Quebec, Canada)
▷ August 11, 2021, 8:30 pm, Parc Saint-Gabriel
The ambition of the Sons, a new kind of religious group, to leave the presbyteries to meet the “real world”, and even work in the factory.
Les Rose (Félix Rose, Quebec, Canada). Winner of the Iris Prix du public 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.
La fin des terres (Loïc Darses, Quebec, Canada).
▷ August 13, 2021, 8:30 pm, Parc Saint-Viateur
La fin des terres gives a voice to 17 young people from diverse backgrounds, born too late to vote in the 1995 referendum.
Stop Filming Us (Joris Postema, Netherlands/Democratic Republic of Congo)
▷ August 18, 2021, 8:15 pm, Laurier Park
Can a Western filmmaker show something true about the Democratic Republic of Congo? Do “good intentions” only cause destruction and frustration?
Champions (Helgi Piccinin, Quebec, Canada).
▷ August 18, 2021, 8:15 pm, Parc Saint-Gabriel
The director accompanies Stéphane, his autistic brother, and Audrey, his atypical friend, on a sports odyssey that takes them from Canada to Dubai to participate in the Special Olympics World Games.
Foundations (Olivier D. Asselin, Quebec, Canada).
▷ August 25, 2021, 8:00 pm, Parc Saint-Gabriel
A blacksmith renovates an abandoned heritage building belonging to the City of Montreal and makes it an internationally renowned living heritage transmission centre, despite a threat of eviction received the same year as the city’s 375th birthday.
The 12nd Edition of Cinéma sous les étoiles takes place from July 13 to August 27, 2021 in 10 Montreal parks. In all, 32 free screenings anchored in local and international news will animate the public space to inform the public debate.
The entire program as well as the places and schedules are online:
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