Remember how annoyed you would get when your Mom would take pictures at family events? That is, until you grew up and realized how lucky you were to have someone documenting your experiences. In “Memoires des Anges“, the NFB is like your Mom, and your childhood is like Montreal of 50 years ago. Watching this film, a loving re-mix of dozens of documentary and live-action films from Montreal in the 50’s and 60’s, one realizes how lucky we are to have an institution like the NFB contibute to our collective memory. The film blends local music from the era with an exploration of the neighbourhoods, peoples, conflicts, and gravitas of a Montreal that is now unrecognizable in many respects. This is the Montreal of Mordecai Richler and neon signs and families living on top of each other and the Catholic church and emerging nationalism and so many other relics of the city.
The film, recent winner of the Cinémathèque québécoise Grand Prize at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, is playing this week for a limited time at the Ex-Centris theatre on St. Laurent. Spacing Montreal is offering two free tickets, graciously donated by the NFB, to the first person who can name the still-standing diner featured in Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Post your answer below, and go see this film!