Every year, over the course of the festival’s 5 days, Film POP presents a series of premiere-status feature films and documentaries, retrospectives, outdoor screenings and special events.
The program additionally boasts films that shed light on underrepresented music subcultures. Co-presented with Goethe Institut, Berlin Bouncer gives us access to the secrets of Berlin nightlife; The Juniper Tree is notable for being the screen-debut of pop megastar Björk, Black to Techno explores the origins and impact of Detroit Techno, from its birthplace in the black, working and middle-class experience to its subsequent cultural dominance in West Berlin; Other Music re-opens the doors of the most beloved New-York record store, also a hotbed for the city’s indie scene at the turn of the millennium.
• Bad Reputation (dir. Kevin Kerslake, 2018) at Cinéma Moderne
• No Address and Mother of Many Children (dir. Alanis Obomsawin, 1977)
• Socalled’s Porn POP’s premiere of The House Sitter (dir. Joshua Dolgin, 2018)
• The Last Days of Disco (dir. Whit Stillman, 1998)
• 30th Anniversary Screening of Salsa (dir. Boaz Davidson, 1988) at Cinéma Moderne
• Empire Records (dir. Allan Moyle, 1995)
• Film POP’s tribute to The Fall’s Mark E. Smith (1958- 2018) Hail the New Puritan (Charles Atlas, 1987)
• Silvana (dir. Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis, 2017) at Cinéma Moderne
• A Magical Substance Flows Into Me (dir. Jumana Manna, 2015) at Cinéma Moderne
• Chilly Gonzalez's Premiere of Shut Up and Play the Piano (dir. Philipp Jedicke, 2018)
• World Premiere of Mitchell Stafiej’s A (2017) and after party with musical performances by cast members Alex Zhang Hungtai (ex-Dirty Beaches), Petra Glynt, Bernardino Femminielli, Caro Diaro and Alexis O’Hara !
• RZA: Live From the 36th Chamber of Shaolin – a live score of the 1978 kung fu classic performed by the RZA himself at the historic Rialto Theatre!
• Canadian Premiere of How to Talk to Girls at Parties(2017), the latest feature film by cult director John Cameron Mitchell
• Canadian Premiere, in the presence of the director, of the documentary On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone (2017)
• Screening of controversial Sundance entry, Kuso (2017), the directorial debut by Flying Lotus!
2016 Canadian premiere:
• Fonko (dir. Göran Hugo Olsson, Daniel Jadam & Lars Lovén, 2016) Québec premieres:
• Contemporary Color (dir. Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross, 2016) as part of the "David Byrne: '86-'16" program
• Kiki (dir. Sara Jordenö, 2016)
• I Called Him Morgan (dir. Kasper Collin, 2016)
• Frank & The Wondercat (dir. Tony Massil & Pablo Alvarez-Mesa) w/ director Alvarez-Mesa in attendance Special events:
• 30th Anniversary screening of True Stories (dir. David Byrne, 1986) on 35mm as part of the "David Byrne: '86-'16" program.
• 20th Anniversary screening Space Jam (dir. Joe Pytka, 1996) at the McGill University Gym
• Screening of the restored Multiple Maniacs (dir. John Waters, 1970)
• Playback (2012) and The Cockpit (2014) with director Sho Miyake in attendance Quebec premieres:
• The Reflektor Tapes (dir. Kahlil Joseph) in collaboration with Arcade Fire, also in attendance
• Restored version of A Poem is a Naked Person (dir. Les Blank, 1974/2015) Special events:
• Midnight 20th Anniversary screening of Showgirls (dir. Paul Verhoeven, 1995) at Cinéma L’Amour
• Nas : Time is Illmatic (dir. One9) Quebec premieres:
• Whiplash (dir. Damien Chazelle)
• Listen Up, Philip (Alex Ross Perry)
• Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker with director Lily Keber in attendance
• Strutter with director Allison Anders in attendance Regional premiere:
• A Band Called Death (dir. Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett) Special events:
• PFFR: Legacy 2112 with John Lee in person
• Hack Your Own EVP Generator with Ruby Kato Atwood
• Sweet Nothing with director Andi State in attendance
• The Auroratone Project: New Frontiers in Psychiatric Cinema (dir. various) Regional premiere:
• Searching for Sugarman (2012 Oscar-winner, dir. Malik Bendjelloul) Special screenings:
• Richard Donner’s The Omen in the Church of St-John the Evangelist
• Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End with audience in a pool
• PJ Harvey: Let England Shake (dir. Seamus Murphy) Regional premiere:
• Bloodied But Unbowed with director Susanne Tabata and DOA’s Randy Rampage in person Special event:
• Illustration exhibit by Rudimentary Peni’s Nick Blinko
• Feist documentary, Look At What the Light Did Now with director Anthony Seck in person. Special screening:
• Rooftop viewing of Up The Yangtzee documentary (dir. Yung Chang)