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MONTREAL, BERLIN AND BACK: THE FILMS OF LYSANNE THIBODEAU (1979-2003)

FRI, NOV 30 / 7 pm
Introduction by Lysanne Thibodeau

Independent filmmaker Lysanne Thibodeau has explored different art forms such as film, video, installation & music. While living in Berlin, she directed various artist portraits, short fiction films. Her early films caught the attention of fellow filmmakers Jim Jarmusch, Elfie Mikesch, Monika Treut, Rosa von Praunheim and Wim Wenders. Since 1996, she writes, directs and produces independent essay, documentary and fiction films with Les Films de l’Autre. This spring and summer she took her films on tour across Canada. The film genre she has a preference for is the essay. She will also deliver an artist talk/workshop on “The Cinematic Essay” with discussion and screening of excerpts from various film essays. She holds an MFA in Film production from Concordia University, Montreal.

Reflexions,1979, Canada, 10 min
A day in the life of a young woman punctuated by her daily rituals. An atmosphere of strangeness slowly imposes itself that betrays the existential malaise of her androgynous character.

Triple Exposure World, 1980, Canada, 13 min
The representation of the social game plays itself out in a place that resembles a theatre. Each scene spells out a relational practice that is both singular and stereotyped. A new wave film full of symbols.

Bad Blood for the Vampyr, 1984, Canada, Germany, 22 min
The adventures of a lonely vampire in 1980s Berlin. After having sucked the blood of a rock and roll groupie, then of a spindly priest, our hero kidnaps a young girl and they unite for eternity.

Virginia or Do all the Roads Lead to Romeo?, 1992, Canada, Ger. 8 min
Searching for her Romeo in an unknown land, young Virginia ends up in the land of the Queen of Darkness, where naked slaves live. An evil fairy tale.

Once Upon a Night, 2003, Canada, 3 min
Three young children survivors of a final war, roam in a post apocalyptic desert and reveal their helplessness. A plea for peace.

My Fall of The Wall, 2001, Canada, Germany, 5 min
In November of 1989, a couple travels to Prague at the moment of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Screams, tears, laughs, ecstasy, anarchy, euphoria.

Ode to a Journey Home, 2001, Canada, 43 min
A remarkable poetic documentary essay. Life took my father away from me when I was a child, and my mother and my brother when I was a teenager. I left to isolate myself, to escape, to flee. Can time really erase the past? Upon my return from a long exile, I remember

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