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Antigone

This screening took place on
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 8:30pm
Yukon Arts Centre

A modern-day retelling of the Greek classic Antigone, acclaimed Quebecois filmmaker Sopie Deraspe (The Amina Profile) digs into the psyche of an immigrant family in Montreal whose lives are turned upside down when a family member is killed by the police. Fleeing to Canada as toddlers following the murder of their parents, Antigone and her three siblings build a modest life for themselves alongside their grandmother.  But tragedy strikes when Antigone's brother Étéocle is wrongfully killed by the police and her other brother Polynice is jailed and threatened with deportation.  A tenacious 17-year-old straight A student, Antigone hatches a plan to break Polynice out of jail, a scheme that quickly spirals out of control.  A nuanced and pointed examination of Canadian immigration and family sacrifice.  Winner of Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In French with English subtitles

“The film is an incisive critique of the power imbalance between citizens and immigrants and the hypocrisy of an unjust justice system. It jolts the viewer out of complacency.” Now Magazine

Selected one of the TIFF Top Ten Canadian films of 2019

Recommended 16+ - Rated for some nudity and sexuality

 

Le candidat canadien à l'Oscar pour le meilleur film international est une adaptation moderne et brillante de la tragédie antique de Sophocle. Le film suit le parcours d'une jeune femme qui défie les autorités et le système judiciaire pour protéger sa famille. Après le meurtre de ses parents en Algérie, Antigone, sa soeur, ses frères et leur grand-mère trouvent refuge à Montréal. Son frère meurt suite à une altercation avec la police, et les autres membres de sa famille sont incarcérés et menacés d'être déportés en Algérie. Antigone organise l'évasion de son frère et lutte pour sauver sa famille, quitte à mettre son futur en danger.

L'un des dix meilleurs films canadiens de 2019 selon le TIFF

Recommandé 16+ nudité et sexualité

Co-presented with La Tournée Quebec Cinema

 

  • Directed by Sophie Deraspe
  • 2019, Quebec
  • 109 minutes
  • Film Subtitled
  • Parental Guidance Advised

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