The wave of artistic output coming from Montreal has become increasingly visible over the last 5 or so years. A City is an Island takes a big breath and submerges itself into the fringe culture curdling beneath the surface of regular Quebecan life. Creating a mesmerising portrait of its artistic community and of the city in which they inhabit. The film features appearances and music from Mac de Marco, Sean Nicholas Savage, Tonstartssbandht, Spencer Krug and many more.
Shameless/Limitless, Torstraßen Festival and Pop Montreal are proud to present the German premiere of A City is an Island this Thursday at Kino Babylon in Berlin. Following the film there will be a panel discussion with director Timothy George Kelly, and featured musician Sean Nicholas Savage. If thats not enough to tickle ya tootsies, prior to the film Montreal artist Jason Harvey will also be screening a short film of his and reading some of his poetry.
Tickets are 9euro. You can pre-purchase them here
Heres the official synopsis of the film…
A City Is An Island (Ca, 2014, English, 72Min):
“In a Montreal where linguistic identity is a permanent, fundamental issue, a community of talented English-speaking musicians has put down roots, attracted by the city’s cheap rents. This scene has grown into a cultural world unto itself. Warehouses abandoned in the 1990s now buzz with these autonomous but busy new arrivals, who contribute to Quebec’s cultural life even though they remain perpetually on its fringes.
Timothy George Kelly’s film is an uncompromising exploration of an independent music scene unintegrated with the culture surrounding it. Made with the same DIY ethos that its subjects apply to their music, A City is an Island traces the struggle for expression and the place of the artist amid the contradictions of contemporary society.”