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Institute of Contemporary Arts
December 2022
Archipelago (Archipel), dir. Félix Dufour-Laperrière, Canada 2021, 72 min., French / Montaignais with English subtitles

In a Québec both real and imagined, both past and present, you don’t exist becomes a familiar refrain during Félix Dufour-Laperrière’s poetic and political travelogue. Punctuated by a compelling variety of animation techniques, Archipelago brings to life a vibrant imaginary world that acts seamlessly as both a stark contrast to and a playful collaboration with the existing archival imagery and newsreel footage, worked into the structure of a tale rooted in reality. 

Shifting from Québec’s complex colonial past to the work of activist Hubert Aquin, Archipelago emerges as a historical testament to and a philosophical treatise on notions of national identity. Together with his team of animators, Dufour-Laperrière redraws his home territory in order to better understand and reimagine the paradoxical realities of a contemporary Québécois.

The film premiered in the UK as part of FRAMES of REPRESENTATION 2021
08:45 pm
Fri, 29 Apr 2022
Cinema 1
05:00 pm
Sat, 30 Apr 2022
Cinema 1
05:45 pm
Sun, 01 May 2022
Cinema 1
07:50 pm
Tue, 03 May 2022
Cinema 2
04:15 pm
Wed, 04 May 2022
Cinema 2
05:00 pm
Thu, 05 May 2022
Cinema 2
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