Our picks for the 30th International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA)
(Jérôme de Missolz)
This doc takes us on a subjective, messy journey full of sex, drugs and loud music that proves to be both fascinating and frustrating. Jérôme de Missolz rockets through the history of uninhibited, transgressive rock, name-checking its countless casualties (Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Sid Vicious, Ian Curtis, Kurt Cobain, etc.), who appear via priceless archival footage, and interviewing such survivors as Iggy Pop, Eric Burdon, Jimmy Carl Black (Mother of Invention), Richard Hell (Television), Lemmy (Motörhead) and Jello Biafra. This could (should?) have been a 10-hour series (5e Salle, March 16 and 23).
Cinémas d’horreur: Apocalypse, virus, zombies
Here’s an admirably cinephilic look at the post-9/11 new wave of horror cinema, which reflects the impact of terrorism and the Iraq War on the collective unconscious the same way 70s horror echoed the Vietnam War. Featuring Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes remake), Eli Roth (Hostel), Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza (REC) and Neil Marshall (The Descent), Luc Lagier’s well-crafted documentary explores trends like torture porn and real-time horror without dismissing them out of hand like some do (Salle Claude-Jutra, March 16 and 24).
Produced by George Martin
Every music fan already knows the history of The Beatles inside out, but this documentary takes a relatively original angle by focusing on Sir George Martin, the venerable Parlophone label manager who signed the Fab Four (even though he initially thought their music was rubbish!) and produced all their albums. Now 86, he generously opens up about his life and career through this lovely portrait, which also features interventions from his wife Judy, his son and collaborator Giles, as well as surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. (5e Salle, March 17 and 24)
Santiago Ruiztorres’ Sudden Flashes of Light, an "action film on the piano" featuring Serhiy Salov (Cinéma ONF, March 16); Marlene Millar, Crystal Pite and Philip Szporer’s 3D dance documentary Lost Action: Trace (Cinéma ONF, March 17); Daniel Robillard and Stéphan Doe’s Chercher noise, which depicts the making of domlebo’s new LP with 37 guest artists (5e Salle, March 20; Salle Claude-Jutra, March 22); and so much more.
International Festival of Films on Art
March 15 to 25