This year's edition of Film POP will prove to be an incredible one, running between September 13th to the 17th. A confrontational, transgressive sentiment defines the selection, with films programmed from festivals as varied as Cannes, Slamdance, SXSW, and CPH: DOX.
Film POP's opening film, screening September 13th at 7:30pm, is no other than the world premiere of A (Mitchell Stafiej | Canada, 2017), featuring an all-star cast of Montreal-based musicians, including Alex Zhang Hungtai ( Love Theme, ex-Dirty Beaches, Last Lizard), Romy Lightman (Tasseomancy), Petra Glynt, Bernardino Femminielli, Caro Diaro and Alexis O'Hara. The film plunges the audience into the mind of a young alcoholic musician and unfolds like a prolonged set of atmospheric drone music: it is at once anxious and minimalist; hypnotizing and loopy; strange, and slightly deranged. The screening will be followed by a musical performance by the bands featured in the film, later that night at the Piccolo Little Burgundy (Late Night).
The following day will be highlighted by the North-American premiere of The Allins (Sami Saif | Danemark, 2017), which documents the story of the surviving members of GG Allins' family, the legendary punk rocker who passed away from a heroine overdose in 1993. Both funny and touching, the documentary seeks to humanize Allin through his oddly endearing family, who still mourns his premature death. The Allins is an essential document for all GG Allin fans, and a perfect introduction for curious neophytes.
Fresh from Cannes, Film POP is also thrilled to present the Canadian premiere of How to Talk to Girls at Parties (John Cameron Mitchell | United Kingdom/ United States, 2017), on Sunday, September 17th. The delirious sci-fi/punk-rock/queer musical (adapted from Neil Gaiman’s Hugo-nominated, Locus Award-winning 2006 short story of the same name) stars Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp and Nicole Kidman, and culminates into a beautiful ode to difference and to the fundamentally rebellious act of not wanting—or caring—to fit in, doubling as a fond recollection 1970s Britain, with musical contributions from Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart, to boot!
A few unique gems are also to be underlined, such as the abbot of the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA himself, live-scoring The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, his favourite film and inspiration behind starting the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as a Dead Obies carte blanche showcasing the film sampled in their first groundbreaking mixtape, Collation Vol.1: the awkwardly dubbed Québécois version of New Jack City.
Complete programming here and tickets on sale as of today!