POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE
Sunday, January 28
Directed by Pierre Perrault, Michel Brault
(1963) Filmmakers Brault and Perrault turn participant, encouraging the inhabitants of the tiny Île aux Coudres to revive traditional Beluga fishing, this time with their haul sent to aquariums. Captures the island’s traditions and folklore, as well as the frustrations of the younger generation. A landmark of Canadian and Quebecois cinema. DCP courtesy National Film Board of Canada. Approx. 105 min.
“Documentaries may record quotidian reality but, at their best, they aspire to poetry. There’s an image in Pour la suite du monde, a film made by the poet, director and unrecognised cultural anthropologist Pierre Perrault and his brilliant cinematographer and co-director Michel Brault, which achieves the clarity and vision of truly transcendent cinema. The shot is of three men in a boat, silhouetted against a grey sky and vast expanse of water, surrounded by wooden poles. The upright spirit of these shadowy figures, attempting to wrest control from forces beyond them, is as readily apparent as are the elements—the sea, the trees—enclosing them.”
– Mark Glassman, POV magavine