Sunday, April 22, 2012
Koyaanisqatsi screens again this afternoon, while tonight's screenings will be The Big Fix about the BP Oil spill of two years ago, and También la lluvia (Even the Rain) which dramatizes the true story of “Water War” of Cochabamba in 2000 when a corporate consortium of Bechtel and others acquired the rights to Bolivia's water and citizens could not even collect rain water without payment.
Other films screening during the festival include Black Tide: Voices from the Gulf, Petropolis, White Water Black Gold, The Pipe and Surviving Progress. Classic films being shown include Giant, There Will Be Blood and Night of the Living Dead.
The festival continues to May 3 at Cinéma du Parc, 3575, av. du Parc.
4th FFEM: Montreal Film Festival On The Environment
OIL: A BLESSING OR A CURSE?
April 22nd to May 3rd
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In collaboration with Le Festival International du film sur l’Environnement de Paris en Île de France.
April 22nd is simultaneously Earth Day in Quebec and, ironically, the second anniversary of the great oil spill disaster caused by the sinking of the BP operated offshore oil platform Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.
Many of our selected films feature oil as their main theme. As a symbol of the prodigious economic development of the past century, this form of energy is central to the day-to-day functioning of our societies. But as we enter a new century marked by galloping globalization as well as an unprecedented economic and environmental crisis we are compelled to rethink our dependence on this so called “black gold”. Meanwhile, demand is growing as the emerging economies of China, India and Brazil come on stream. However, easily attainable reserves are dwindling and peak oil may have been reached. Increasingly hazardous production sites often cause ecological disasters as with Alberta’s tar sands or the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Furthermore, the quest for oil leads to bloody wars like the one in Iraq, while frantically increased usage leads to global warming. Oil is at the center of the manifold crises affecting our civilization. Is oil a blessing or a curse? The answer is in our court.
-Stéphane Carré and Roger Rashi, Co-directors of the Montreal Film Festival on the Environment
THE BIG FIX
Sunday April 22nd 7pm, Monday April 23rd 7pm
TAMBIÉN LA LLUVIA / MÊME LA PLUIE (FST)
Sunday April 22nd 9pm, Monday April 23rd 9pm, Tuesday April 24th 9pm,
Wednesday April 25th 9pm, Thursday April 26th 9pm
Monday April 23rd 6pm, Tuesday April 24th 6pm
BLACK TIDE: VOICES FROM THE GULF preceded by PETROPOLIS
Tuesday April 24th 7pm
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
Wednesday April 25th 6:45pm, Thursday April 26th 6:45pm
NUCLEAR SAVAGE: The ISLANDS OF SECRET PROJECT 4.1
/ NUCLÉAIRE SAUVAGE: LES ÎLES DU PROJET SECRET 4.1 (FST)
Wednesday April 25th 7pm, Thursday April 26th 7pm
AU GRÉ DE LA PLUME ARCTIQUE / PEOPLE OF A FEATHER (STF)
Friday April 27th to Thursday May 3rd, 7pm
WHITE WATER BLACK GOLD
Friday April 27th 9pm
THE PIPE preceded by WE'LL BECOME OIL (FST)
Saturday April 28th 3pm, Sunday April 29th 9pm
SURVIVING PROGRESS (FST)
Saturday April 28th 5pm
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (FST)
Saturday April 28th 9pm
SEMPER FI : ALWAYS FAITHFUL preceded by ECO NINJA (STF)
Sunday April 29th 3pm
SEA THE TRUTH
Sunday April 29th 5pm
Saturday April 21st 3pm, Sunday April 22nd 3pm,
Monday April 23rd 9:30pm, Tuesday April 24th 9:30pm
Wednesday April 25th 9:30pm
Thursday April 26th 9:30pm
CHRONOS preceded by ANIMA MUNDI
Monday April 30th 9pm, Tuesday May 1st 9pm
Wednesday May 2nd 9pm, Thursday May 3rd 9pm