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Screening of “Dans la ville blanche” by Alain Tanner


Paul, a mechanic on board a freighter, arrives in Lisbon for no particular reason. Installed in a hotel room, he experiences this stay as a parenthesis in his life, an interlude during which he experiences a great existential void. He strolls for days in the city, filming with his Super-8 camera images that he sends to his wife, in Switzerland, accompanied by letters recounting his long hours of meditation. He meets Rosa, a waitress in a bar, establishes a relationship with her and falls in love with her. Attacked and robbed at the bend of a street, he is hospitalized. However, without news of him and believing in an abandonment, Rosa leaves Portugal to go to work in France without leaving an address. Paul then takes the train home.

Tuesday May 23rd – 6:30pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal
1200 Av. du Dr Penfield
Free admission

“Dans la ville blanche” – Switzerland-Portugal-United Kingdom, 1982, 108 minutes
Director : Alain Tanner
With : Bruno Ganz and Teresa Madruga
Original version whit French subtitles

This film is part of the ‘Interrail’ cycle, a journey through contemporary European cinema, organized by the EUNIC cluster in Montreal (European National Institutes for Culture).


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