Modern Construction: An MDFF Retrospective
- East Hastings Pharmacy + Woman Waiting + William in White Shirt
- Antoine Bourges
- March 24 (Tuesday) 8:15
This screening has been cancelled due to The Cinematheque's temporary closure in response to concerns around COVID-19. Up-to-date information can be found here.
“Formally rigorous and, given its clinical subject matter, surprisingly moving.”Norman Wilner, Now Magazine, on East Hastings Pharmacy
East Hastings Pharmacy
46 min. DCP
“Simultaneously a fictionalization, a reconstruction, and a documentation” (Cinema Scope), Antoine Bourges’s trompe l’oeil treatment of the rites and routines of methadone patients receiving their medication in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside employs real-life patients “playing themselves,” a pharmacist portrayed by a professional actor (Shauna Hansen), and a set recreating an actual East Hastings pharmacy. This unique hybrid work, the centrepiece of Bourges’s DTES trilogy (which also includes the two shorts screening in this program), shows the influence of Jeff Wall’s photographic staging techniques of “near documentary” and asserts the beguiling power of verisimilitude in the documentary mode. Recipient of the Colin Low Award at DOXA 2012 and top prize at Kasseler Dokfest, Germany.
15 min. DCP
An impoverished, middle-aged woman awaits the next steps in a social housing application in Antoine Bourges’s Beckettian MDFF debut, filmed in Vancouver in 2010. Selected for TIFF, Berlinale, and SXSW.
William in White Shirt
12 min. DCP
William, a young man living in Vancouver’s depressed Downtown Eastside, makes arrangements with his caseworker to visit his son in this sobering, B&W slice of social realism.