Au Contraire film festival addresses mental illness

Au Contraire is a film festival with a difference: It focuses on efforts to combat the stigma of mental illness and is presented for a third year with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts at its Maxwell Cummings Auditorium.

Films screen Oct. 27-30. There will be discussions with film directors and participants, mental health clients, and health professionals.

Highlights include:

Oct. 27, 7 pm, the Canadian premiere of Touched with Fire, a film about manic-depressive poets who go off their meds and end up in hospital.

Oct. 29, 7 pm, various short films, including Oscar-winning Curfew and The Phone Call.

Oct. 30, 7 pm, The Living Museum, with Academy Award winning director Jessica Yu, on the intersection of creativity and madness.

A Youth Awareness Program includes matinées, discussions.

Tickets: 514-787-1475, Program:

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