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Home > Festivals & Events > Café Ex 2010-2011 > No Place Like Home: The Films of Louise Bourque
No Place Like Home: The Films of Louise Bourque
dir. Louise Bourque
Canada, 120 minutes

Café Ex 2010-2011
Club SAW, Friday, April 8, 2011, 7:30 pm
French Canadian filmmaker Louise Bourque has been making challenging, innovative experimental films for over twenty years.  Her varying, impressionistic and expressionistic approach to the medium of film often involves the intense working-over and manipulation of home movies and appropriated found footage to excavate traces of memory and loss, where, in the artist’s own words, “the poetical and political meet.”  “In my work I seek to elicit dark and private feelings in a way that can resonate with other people and move them without the anecdotal details specific to my circumstances. I am interested in creating works that evoke in their very form and structure the often contradictory and ambiguous emotions connected to life-shaping experiences. I aim to communicate sensory and visceral impressions and for this I find film to be the perfect medium.”  “Though she wanders far from the traditional form of storytelling, Bourque’s nonlinear, rhythm-based method allows her to capture the workings of the emotional mind and its reaction to societal confinement…Bourque’s films will lead you on a twisting, turning journey back to the memories of your own past” (April Gardner).  

Louise Bourque lives and works in Edmundston, New Brunswick after having lived and taught cinema in the Boston area for over ten years. After receiving a BA in communications in 1986, she studied film production at Concordia University in Montreal (BFA 1990) and at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA 1992). Her films have been presented in forty countries in five continents. Screenings at international festivals include Sundance, Rotterdam, Toronto, Tribeca, San Francisco, Kerala, Sao Paolo, Hong Kong, Melbourne and London. US broadcasts include PBS and the Sundance Channel. Bourque’s work was presented at the 50th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and as part of the 2006 Whitney Biennial. She has also been featured in solo exhibitions at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax; Millennium Film Workshop, New York; Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto; and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo.

Louise Bourque will be in attendance to introduce and discuss her work.