Evicted City

Montreal is now in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. An intimate portrait of socio-political resistance, this multilayered film explores the human impact of real estate speculation on the cities of tomorrow. 

SYNOPSIS

Montreal, Canada. One of North America’s last remaining affordable cities is now in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. As a result, the face of homelessness is visibly changing. “Renovictions” are on the rise while demand in homeless day centres explodes. In the Plateau Mont-Royal — a neighbourhood synonymous with gentrification — a 90-unit building named Manoir Lafontaine becomes the symbol of renoviction resistance in Quebec. An intimate portrait of a socio-political crisis, this multilayered film explores the human impact of real estate speculation on the cities of tomorrow.

Theme(s): , Economy, Human Rights, Social struggle

DETAILS

Director | , Laurence Turcotte-Fraser, Priscillia Piccoli
Year | , 2023
Country | , Québec
Duration | 79 minutes
Original language | , English, French
Subtitles | , French
Sound | Priscillia Piccoli
Editing | Laurence Turcotte-Fraser, Jonah Malak, Priscillia Piccoli
Production | Laurence Turcotte-Fraser, Dominique Dussault, Priscillia Piccoli
Distribution | Les Films du 3 Mars
Cinematographer | Laurence Turcotte-Fraser

DIRECTOR

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Laurence Turcotte-Fraser

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Laurence Turcotte-Fraser is an emerging filmmaker first known for her short film Domino (Regard 2018), as well as her director of photography work (L’étrange province, Les Jaunes, Blast Beat). Her first feature-length documentary, The End of Wonderland(2021), was released theatrically in Canada and travelled internationally (IDFA, RIDM, OUTFEST LA, BFI FLARE). This eccentric portrait of erotic artist Tara Emory allowed her to explore her love for direct cinema and to find a human approach both in front of and behind the camera. With her second feature film Evicted City, co-directed with Priscillia Piccoli, she continues her documentary artistic approach by scrutinizing the housing crisis in her home city, Montreal.

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Priscillia Piccoli

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Priscillia Piccoli is an emerging filmmaker known for her short film Mathieu (Bell Fund Prize, Fantasia International Film Festival) and her short documentary As Hard As Ice (Prix d'Unis TV et Réalisatrices Équitables at the 2020 Regions Race). Committed to direct cinema, Priscillia uses the 7th to find the silver lining in social-political dilemmas. During the first year of the pandemic, while training as a social worker in a homeless day center, she questioned the storm to come in her hometown, Montreal. With her first feature film Evicted City, co-directed with Laurence Turcotte-Fraser, Priscillia launches a cry from the heart by granting the right to speak to the evicted people of a metropolis in full change.

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Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec - FCVQ · Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma · Festival Vues sur mer

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

SCREENING 1 | 

2 July 2024 at 21h15

Parc du Pélican 

A discussion with the filmmaker Priscilla Piccoli will follow the screening.

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SCREENING 2 | 

16 August 2024 at 20h15

Centre de la nature 

A discussion with a specialist on the subject will follow the screening.

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