From the suburbs of Baltimore to the basketball courts of deep cartoon space; from Africa’s coast to coast, to the ballroom scene in New York City, Film POP is back this year with a renewed focus on diversity and tolerance, along with a showcase of fun, unexpected retro titles to rediscover! Moving to Cinéma du Parc, POP Montreal’s cinema segment is proud to celebrate the work of iconoclasts such as David Byrne and John Waters, while offering a selection of local premieres from renowned fests such as Sundance Tribeca and Venice.
The 13th edition of Film POP opens with the Canadian premiere of Fonko (Göran Hugo Olsson, Daniel Jadama and Lars Lovén | Sweden, 2016 | 87 min), a feature length documentary about socio-political changes in new Africa as seen through a kinetic tour of the continent’s emergent music. Another festival darling and winner of the Teddy Award at this year’s Berlinale, Kiki (Sara Jordenö | Sweden / USA, 2016 | 94 min) finally comes to Montreal! Picking up where the 1990 classic Paris is Burning left off, Kiki explores the vibrant modern ballroom scene in New York and chronicles the daily lives of seven LGBTQ youth of colour for whom“kiki” balls and voguing are a way to defy adversity.
Cinephiles will not want to miss Film POP’s 30th anniversary screening of True Stories (David Byrne | USA, 1986 | 90 min), David Byrne’s eccentric sole directorial effort, projected on a rare 35mm print! Another retro gem is John Waters’ gloriously grotesque second feature, Multiple Maniacs (John Waters | USA, 1970 | 82 min), newly restored from Waters’ own 16mm negatives. The screening plays ahead of John Water’s highly-anticipated one-man-show at POP Montreal; will the Pope of Trash himself make a surprise appearance?
Film POP’s playful slate also includes Frank and the Wondercat (Tony Massil and Pablo Alvarez-Mesa | Canada, 2015 | 67 min), a charming, lo-fi portrait of an 80-year-old man and his cat Pudgie-Wudgie, and a 20th anniversary FREE screening of Space Jam (Joe Pytka | États-Unis, 1996 | 88 min), which plays in the McGill gymnasium following POP Montreal’s ever-popular charity basketball game, Win Butler’s POP vs. Jock IV!
2016 FILM POP PROGRAMMING
CONTEMPORARY COLOR (Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross | United States, 2016 | 107 min) - FEELINGS FILM FESTIVAL (Various Artists | United States, Canada et al., 2016 | 20 videos, 90 minutes) – FONKO (Göran Hugo Olsson, Daniel Jadama and Lars Lovén | Sweden, 2016 | 87 min) - FRANK AND THE WONDERCAT (Tony Massil and Pablo Alvarez-Mesa | Canada, 2015 | 67 min) - I CALLED HIM MORGAN (Kasper Collin | Sweden/United States, 2016 | 97 min) - KIKI (Sara Jordenö | Sweden/United States, 2016 | 94 min) - LIVE READS: OCEANS 11 - MULTIPLE MANIACS (John Waters | United States, 1970 | 82 min) - SPACE JAM (Joe Pytka | United States, 1996 | 88 min) - TRUE STORIES (David Byrne | United States, 1986 | 90 min)