OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

The lights will come on again!

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The ByTowne is now closed. But there's good news!

After the pandemic has been brought under control,
new management will take over the space and the ByTowne will re-open.

It may take a while for pandemic restrictions to be eased enough
that a feasible number of patrons can be allowed to watch a movie again,
but the new owners are working towards that day.

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Triptyque

Plus Q&A with/avec Lynda Beaulieu, productrice/producer! Presented by La Tournée du cinéma québécois.

Robert Lepage’s most recent feature (based on his celebrated, nine-hour theatre work Lipsynch) is an elegant, thought-provoking and gorgeously designed meditation on the many modes of human communication.

Poster art for TriptyqueAs per its title, Triptych focuses on three characters: Michelle (Lise Castonguay), a bibliophile who has just returned from treatment in a psychiatric institution and is still haunted by the mysterious voices in her head; Thomas (Hans Piesbergen), a brain surgeon being forced into retirement due to an uncontrollable tremor; and Marie (Frédérike Bédard), a jazz singer facing the prospect of emergency brain surgery, which will temporarily rob her of her voice.

Seamlessly interweaving these stories both narratively and thematically, Lepage and co-director Pedro Pires incisively explore how the loss of those properties by which these three have heretofore defined themselves compels them to take a fearless step into the unknown, to visualize their lives and connect with each other in new, unexpected ways.

– Toronto International Film Festival


À Québec, Michelle, une schizophrène qui sort de l’hôpital, tente tant bien que mal de retrouver son emploi dans une petite librairie indépendante. Sa sœur, Marie, une chanteuse de jazz montréalaise, doit pour sa part se faire opérer pour une tumeur au cerveau. Quant à Thomas, un neurochirurgien allemand pratiquant à Londres, il lutte contre une dépendance à l’alcool.

Trois personnages dans un état de vulnérabilité absolue, trois destins qui vont s’entrecroiser et se nourrir par la grâce d’une mise en scène aussi inventive qu’élégante, signée Robert Lepage (La Face cachée de la lune) et Pedro Pires (Danse macabre). Témoignant d’un travail superbe sur la pure plasticité de l’image, notamment grâce à une photographie chaude et froide à la fois, Triptyque est pourtant loin du vain exercice de style. Beau, triste et profond, il est aussi un voyage passionnant au fond de l’âme humaine, dans toute sa complexité.

– Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois

Plus Q&A with/avec Lynda Beaulieu, productrice/producer
Presented by La Tournée du cinéma québécois: Veuillez découvrier le meilleur du cinéma québécois.

 

 

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