Founded by René Rozon and completing its 33rd festival last month, Montreal's International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion and presentation of the finest productions on art and media art.
This year MUSE was proud to represent our film Beatus: The Spanish Apocalypse at FIFA, which was screened in competition for the 33rd edition FIFA Awards (see the winners here). Here is a selection of some of our favorite films from Montreal FIFA 2015:
I'm a Creative Animal
Dir. by Barbara Seiler
Winner of FIFA's Award for Best Portrait, I'm a Creative Animal follows the imaginative and energetic Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan at last summer's Lucerne Festival. Fearless and remarkably versatile, Hannigan is a wonder to watch.
Barbara Hannigan will be performing with the New York Philharmonic this August.
The Return is the Movement of Tao: Zhu Xiao-Mei and the Goldberg Variations
Dir. by Michel Mollard
Chinese pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei is one of the most celebrated interpreters of Bach. Limited in her repertoire, she considers The Goldberg Variations the "greatest musical encounter" of her life. This film received the Award for Best Essay at FIFA and is beautifully meditative, centering on music and its mystery, on the links between Bach and Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, and the dialogue between cultures.
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
Dir. by Dyanna Taylor
Grab a Hunk of Lightning is a beautiful film about the life and work of American photographer Dorothea Lange, famous for her photograph The Migrant Mother, symbol of the Great Depression. The film is directed and narrated by Dyanna Taylor, Lange's granddaughter.
View the full film here.
Tracey Emin on Louise Bourgeois: Women Without Secrets
Dir. by Ben Harding
British artist Tracey Emin takes us on a personal journey into the life and work of Louise Bourgeois, with whom she became close friends. She talks about their artistic collaboration in "Do Not Abandon Me," a series of prints that she and Louise created together shortly before Louise's death in 2010 at the age of 98.
In “Do Not Abandon Me,” Louise Bourgeois painted male and female torsos in gouache and then passed the images to Tracey Emin, who then overlaid the works with smaller figures and text. The narrative of Bourgeois’s and Emin’s joint series portrays themes of sexuality and vulnerability.
View “Do Not Abandon Me” on the Hauser & Wirth website.