MONTREAL — Thanks, Oscar, for all that movie magic. In Montreal, unique film festivals and Imax 3D adventures take to the big screen.
First up, from giant tortoises to blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas to majestic albatrosses, the Montreal Science Centre presents “Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland,” an original colorful Imax adventure that travels to the Pacific Ocean archipelago that’s home to a vast array of animal species.
Then, the wildlife takes a prehistoric turn with “Titans of the Ice Age 3D,” a glimpse back in time — 10,000 years before modern civilization to be exact — to a world brimming with sabre-tooth cats, dire wolves, giant sloths and woolly mammoths. “Titans” continues through April 27.
The Montreal Science Centre is at the King Edward Pier in the Old Port. Adult tickets cost $11.50 each with discounts for students, seniors and children. For information and schedule, call (514) 496-4629 or (800) 349-4629, or visit www.montrealsciencecentre.com.
MORE THAN 270 FILMS
Coming soon, the big screen takes an artistic turn with the return of the International Festival of Films on Art or FIFA, which runs March 20 through 30.
This year’s 32nd edition features more than 270 films from 34 countries, as well as special events, exhibitions, installations, roundtables, master classes and a new permanent in-residence partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The festival screens juried films in competition, film tributes, animation and experimental films, among others.
Opening the fest is “Une chaise pour un ange,” translated to “A Chair for an Angel,” a unique Canadian and Finnish joint venture that explores the world of the Shakers, the Protestant religious sect famous for their simple furniture. The film is told through dance, music and design.
“Shot in Finland and the United States, the film examines the paradoxical cultural heritage of the Shakers, who have traditionally paid little interest in art or even in the simple idea of beauty, yet with their craftsmanship have laid the foundations of a new aesthetic,” the press release says.