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Gripping films featured at Docfest

In the myriad of arts and culture festivals that grace this city, the Montreal International Documentary Festival November 10-20 stands out.

The 128 films from 35 countries offer a window on some of the great issues facing society and the world. Workshops and panel discussions will provide opportunities to interact with the filmmakers.

Screening highlights

Mixed Feelings, by Guy Davidi (Israel, Norway), follows the work of Israeli actor Amir Orian who uses his apartment as a rehearsal space to hold classes where he confronts Israeli youth with the violence of their everyday lives, Nov. 11, 7 pm, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve W., Rm. H110, Hebrew, with English sub-titles.

David Lynch: the Art Life, by Jon Nguyen, Neergaard Holm, and Rick Barnes was shot in the iconic filmmaker’s home studio, with archival images, as he discusses the basis of his creative life. Nov. 11, 8:45 pm, Cinéma du Parc.

Le concours, by Claire Simon, is the award-winning look at the admission competition for the FÉMIS, one of France’s top film schools, Nov. 13, 5:30 pm, Concordia’s J.A. de Sève auditorium, 1400 de Maisonneuve W.

Dark Night, by Tim Sutton, is a fictional film inspired by the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting that left 12 dead at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. It follows a deranged, lonely man on the day he decides to launch an attack at his local theatre. It was made in 16 days using mostly non-professional actors. Nov. 14, 8:45 pm, Cinéma du Parc.

Quebec My Country Mon Pays, by John Walker, tells of the exodus of tens of thousands of English-speaking Quebecers following the Parti Québécois electoral victory in November, 1976, and Anglo-Franco relations through his own family and other subjects. Nov. 15, 6 pm, Cinéma du Parc.

Entre les Frontières (Between Fences) by Avi Mograbi (France, Israel). Director Mograbi and theatrical director Chen Alon open a theatre workshop in an Israeli detention camp for African asylum seekers. In English, Arabic, and Hebrew with English subtitles. Nov. 15, 8:30 pm, Cinéma du Parc. French version screens Nov. 16, 6 pm, Cinémathèque Québécoise.

The Dreamed Ones, by Austrian Ruth Beckermann, recreates the amorous correspondence between poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan through the voices and bodies of two young actors creating an audio recording of the letters in Vienna’s Funkaus. Nov. 19, 2:30 pm, Cinémathèque Québécoise.

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