Fifth anniversary edition of Au Contraire Film Festival
It’s amazing about the power of motion pictures, and how they can raise awareness and break down stereotypes and stigmas that are associated with certain sensitive issues.
Case in point is the wide-reaching issue of mental illness, and the importance of exploring being made aware of different mental health issues from around the world from different viewpoints. This where the Au Contraire Film Festival comes in. It 5th anniversary edition is set to take place at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from October 24 to 27.
With its mission to raise awareness of multiple mental health issues through screenings of thought-provoking, edgy films, as well as panel discussions with producers, writers, actors and mental health professionals, the Au Contraire Film Festival begins on October 24 with the Canadian premiere of the film “Elizabeth Blue” by Vincent Sabella, which tells the story of how something like true love cannot be broken by mental illness. Before the screening, award-winning musician and author Florence K, this year’s festival spokesperson, will talk about how she dealt with her struggle with severe depression.
October 25 is the festival’s “Soiree Lumiere” benefit evening, which will feature a film and live performance by la Troupe des Audacieux, followed by the screening of two medium-length films: Apnee, which deals with the subject of depression as seen from the point-ofview of a 19-year-old music students; and “Hum”, which tells the story of Kevin Nolan, who dealt with his schizoaffective disorder music.
October 26 is dedicated to documentaries, and will feature the screening of such films as “Fomo Sapiens” from Sweden, and “32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide”, which recounts the life of New York artist and photographer Ruth Litoff and her tragic struggles with mental illness, and how her sister Hope – who also directed the film – coped with her tragic death.
The festival concludes on October 27 with three different programs. They include screenings of several films that deal with how large and small-scale companies deal with the mental health issues of their employees; a short film series that involves members of the marginalized mental health community in Montreal; and a series of animated short films, which includes “Blue Light” from the UK, “Shadowlands” from Sweden and “Whatever the Weather” from Switzerland.
For more information about the 5th edition of the Au Contraire Film Festival, go to: www.acff.ca