The Cinémathèque québécoise back in full force

La Cinémathèque québécoise de retour en force

After having been cut off from her public for a few months, the Cinémathèque québécoise re-opens finally its doors to movie-goers and offers for the autumn exhibitions and retrospectives of great stature.

Despite the demanding environment in which operates this re-opening, the Cinémathèque québécoise will not do things by half this fall, she has begun to reconnect with his audience on August 3.

“What the viewers want to the Cinémathèque, it is that one respects the essence of our work, has indicated from the outset, Marcel Jean, director general of the Cinémathèque québécoise. And the essence of our work, it is really the presentation of film heritage. So, what we wanted to do for the fall, it is not to offer an under-programming.”

In fact, a few exhibitions devoted to the history of cinema, ranging from the evolution of optical devices business to the stars of the american cinema of the years 50 and 60, are currently underway, and several retrospectives are planned in the coming months, especially around the filmmakers Bong Joon-ho, director of the hit movie south-Korean “Parasite”, and the Italian director Frederico Fellini.

“This is why you end up with Bong Joon-ho, and Fellini as a headliner, it is their offer that the Cinematheque offers the best, regardless of the context,” continued Marcel Jean.

These retrospectives will add the one surrounding the quebec producer Claude Gagnon. A few films from filmmaker Robert Morin, devoted to the theme of containment and closed, will also be presented.


The pandemic of the Covid-19, and the health concerns it brings have required certain adjustments, on the level of form as content. The capacity of the rooms will be notably reduced and the online reservation is strongly recommended.

“The Cinémathèque, which distinguishes it in its public activities of cinemas common, is the fact that there are a lot of sessions where there are discussions with artisans or with experts, a summary Marcel Jean. And it is this side discussion here, these exchanges-that, which, for the moment, are a bit sacrificed and that we will be able to gradually bring them back in September.”

“It has an impact also on the mounting of exhibitions, he continued. For example, the poster exhibition (dedicated to the celebrities of the 50s and 60s), it is at the bottom of the home and not overflowing on the front because we wanted to keep the space for the spectators waiting to get in, so for that there is no interference between the two. Working with these constraints, but it is more stimulating than anything else.”


If the institution film tends to remain relatively little known to the general public, it is because it is often in the shade.

“We, our mandate is to preserve and disseminate film heritage, first quebec and canada, then the international animation, and finally the most striking pieces of heritage,” summarized the director-general.

“To give the simplest example, but the most effective is that fact that it was a “wikipédienne” in residence, someone who works full-time to improve the presence of the cinema of quebec Wikipedia, chained Marcel Jean. If you do a search on Mireille Dansereau, on Fernand Dansereau, on Patrick Bouchard or full of filmmakers on Wikipedia, what you will read, it comes from the Cinémathèque. It is in the shade because our primary goal is not to make themselves known or to make money, it is to make the quebec cinema. If we participate in this knowledge-there, it is mission accomplished for us.”

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