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Brazil - 2017 - 96' Araby begins by observing the day-to-day of Andre, a teenager who lives in an industrial area in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. After a local factory worker, Cristiano, has an...
Directors: Affonso Uchoa & João Dumans

Andre is a young boy that lives in an industrial neighborhood in Ouro Preto, Brazil, near an old aluminium factory. On day he finds a notebook from one of the factory workers. /André, jeune garçon vit avec son frère cadet dans un quartier industriel de Ouro Preto, à Minas Gerais. Une fois par semaine, leur tante Márcia, une infirmière bénévole, leur rend visite pour les aider avec les tâches ménagères. Un jour, un ouvrier est victime d’un accident à l’usine. C’est Cristiano, un étranger du quartier au passé houleux.

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Taming the Horse / Xun Ma / Comme un cheval fou

China/Canada - 2017 - 124' This is the story of the friendship between director Tao Gu and his childhood friend, Dong. Ten years ago, Tao promised Dong he would return with him to the Inner...
Director/Réalisateur: Tao Gu

An uncompromising portrait of a tortured soul whose ideals have been stolen. Ce film est l’histoire d’une amitié.

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The Dreamed Ones / Die Geträumten / Rêveurs Rêves

Austria - 2017 - 89 mins. At center stage are the two poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, who came to know each other in post-war Vienna. Their dramatic postal exchange creates the textual basis...
Director/Réalisatrice: Ruth Beckermann

An elegant, compact docu-drama that breathes fresh romance into the love letters of two postwar European poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan./Ingeborg Bachmann et Paul Celan ont 22 et 27 ans lorsqu’ils se rencontrent à Vienne, en 1948 ; poètes tous les deux, ils n’ont ni les mêmes origines (Celan, juif de Czernowitz, a perdu ses parents dans un camp allemand en Ukraine), ni la même renommée.

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Lover For a Day / L’amant d’un jour

France  - 2017 - 76 mins. Lover for a Day is an exquisite meditation on love and fidelity that recalls Garrel’s previous films selections Jealousy  and In the Shadow of Women. After a painful breakup,...
Director/Réalisateur: Philippe Garrel

This is the story of a father, his 23-year-old daughter, who goes back home one day because she has just been dumped, and his new girlfriend, who is also 23 and lives with him. / Un professeur de philosophie quarantenaire vit avec sa nouvelle compagne de 23 ans. Un jour, il recueille chez lui sa fille que son amant a quitté.

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Tesnota (Closeness)/Tesnota – Une vie à l’étroit

Russia - 2017 - 118 mins. 1998, Nalchik, North Caucasus, Russia. 24-year-old Ilana works in her father’s garage to help him make ends meet. One evening, her extended family and friends gather to celebrate the...
Director/Réalisateur: Kantemir Balagov

Ilana, 24, works in her father’s garage to help make ends meet. One evening, family and friends gather to celebrate the betrothal of his younger brother David. In the night, David and his fiancée are kidnapped and a ransom is demanded./Le drame intime et familial prend le dessus sur une vision plus ample, éteignant une puissance d’abstraction cantonnée à cette idée d’enfermement. Mais parce qu’elle se laisse malgré tout pressentir, le film reste prometteur.

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France / Senegal / Belgium / Germany / Lebanon - 2017 - 123 mins. Félicité is a proud, free-willed woman working as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Her life is thrown into turmoil when...
Director/Réalisateur: Alain Gomis

Film-maker Alain Gomis’s award-winning feature Félicité is a portrait of Kinshasa’s vibrant music scene told through Félicité, a single mother struggling to make it as a bar singer. It presumably helps that her backing band is played by the Kasai Allstars, the city’s most famous and inventive outfit, and that her vocal parts come from the group’s lead singer, Muambuyi. The soundtrack is a showcase for the Allstars’ dazzling mix of tradition and fuzzbox “Congotronics”. / Une chanteuse de Kinshasa entreprend d’amasser la somme nécessaire à l’opération que doit subir son fils unique, victime d’un accident de la route. Mais les faveurs que cette mère célibataire sollicite sur son parcours ne sont pas toujours bien accueillies.

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People That Are Not Me

Israel · 2016 · 80' Joy is a young woman living in Tel Aviv who has a love-hate relationship with its casual sex scene. Her entire world comes down to her apartment and the street...
Director: Hadas Ben Aroya

Dubbed as the “Israeli ‘Frances Ha,’” “People That Are Not Me” tells the story of a young woman, Joy, who decides to explore the dating scene of Tel Aviv after breaking up with her boyfriend. It marks the feature debut of ben Aroya, who also wrote the screenplay and stars in the lead role

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World Without End (No Reported Incidents)

USA/UK / 2017 / 57 mins. Cohen’s newest feature takes place in Southend-on-Sea, a town along England’s Thames estuary that lives by the tide. We see the beautiful mud, follow the birds, and look at...
Director: Jem Cohen

Coming Soon to Hot DocsClose observations around Southend-on-Sea, a small English town along the Thames estuary. The film reveals not only everyday streets, everyday birds, unflagging tides, mud, and sky, but prize-winning Indian curries, an encyclopedic universe of hats, and a nearly lost world of proto-punk music.

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Mañana a esta hora / This Time Tomorrow

Colombia, Canada / 2016 / 85 mins. Bogotá, Colombia. 17-year-old Adelaida lives with her parents Lena, an event planner, and Francisco, a sculptor and art teacher. Together, they enjoy a comfortable family life with the...
Director: Lina Rodríguez

18 August 2017 TIFF Bell LigthboxBright and beautiful, 17-year-old Adelaida (Laura Osma) lives with her parents Lena (Maruia Shelton), an event planner, and Francisco (Francisco Zaldua), a sculptor and art teacher.Together,the trio enjoy a comfortable family life in an apartment in Bogotá, populated by the usual ups and downs. It’s just life as usual.

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The Ornithologist

Portugal, France, Brazil / 2016 / 118 mins. In his most audacious film since his groundbreaking debut O Fantasma, João Pedro Rodrigues reimagines the myth of Saint Anthony of Padua as a modern-day parable of...
Director: João Pedro Rodrigues

23 March 2017 -Calgary Cinematheque 14 July 2017 -The Cinematheque in Vancouver 05 August 2017 -Globe Cinema 25 August 2017 -Cinémathèque québécoise Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.

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Turkey, France, Romania /  2016 / 105 mins. Turkish couple Bahar and Selma are eager to adopt a baby, but they want to keep it a secret in order to give the world the impression...
Director: Mehmet Can Mertoglu

COMING SOON A middle-class Turkish couple is far from willing to admit they used adoption as a last resort to build a family, and will do anything to keep it a secret.

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By the Time It Gets Dark / Dao Khanong

France/Netherlands/Qatar/Thailand / 2016 / 105 mins. Guided by Suwichakornpong's associative rigour and her gift for crafting images of unusual beauty, By the Time it Gets Dark treats every moment as special. When the older woman...
Director: Anocha Suwichakornpong

COMING SOON It’s also a movie that boasts a dream sequence (or is it?) involving time lapsed mushroom growth cycles and a scene from George Méliès’ “A Trip to the Moon.” (Playlist)

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Germany / 2016 / 94 mins. Marx said, “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.” The disquieting theme of Austerlitz is that in our epoch, history – no matter how tragic – tends...
Director: Sergei Loznitsa

COMING SOON Sergei Loznitsa observes the torrents of tourists flooding though a concentration camp. Has the commemoration of the Holocaust become a spectacle?

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World to Come

Canada / 2016 / 102 mins. A strange and unsettling premonition prompts the sudden return of Doveed back to his hometown where he confronts the neglect of its past and his own spiritual crisis. In...
Director: Trevor Mowchun&Daniel Eskin

COMING SOON An unsettling premonition prompts the sudden return of an orthodox man named Doveed back to his hometown where he confronts the neglect of its troubled past and his own spiritual crisis.

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Le Parc (The Park)

France / 2016 / 71 mins On a glorious summer’s day two teenagers meet in the park for their first date. Timid at first, their relationship blossoms as they gradually get to know each other....
Director: Damien Manivel

11 August 2017 -Cinémathèque québécoise 7 June 2017 -Royal Cinema Summer time. Two teenagers have their first date in a park. Hesitant and shy at first, they soon discover each other, get closer as they wander, and end up falling in love. But as the sun goes down, it is time to part… And a dark night begins.