In addition to being a gifted poet and a practicing psychiatrist, Des Rosiers is a courageous and open-minded gentleman for whom I have great respect. This, as we all know, has nothing much to do with literary merit, most of the time. I mention it because it gives me even more reason to rejoice that Quebec has chosen to celebrate Joël des Rosiers and his work with its highest literary honour.
Screenings of Icaros: A Vision, by Abou Farman
Visually inventive and hypnotic in nature, Icaros: A Vision captivates with its meditative look at a little-seen world, punctuated by truly trippy depictions of ceremonial splendour.
Cast: Ana Cecilia Stieglitz, Arturo Izquierdo, Filippo Timi, Taylor Marie Milton, Iker Amaya
Directed by Leonor Caraballo, Matteo Norzi; Written by Leonor Caraballo, Matteo Norzi, Abou Farman; Produced by Abou Farman, Matteo Norzi, Aziz Isham; Co-Produced by Adella Ladjevardi; Edited by Èlia Gasull Balada; Cinematography by Ghasem Ebrahimian; Sound by Tom Paul.
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[Photo: Connie Contreras]
Abou Farman is a Canadian artist and anthropologist teaching at the New School for Social Research in NY. He has published widely in the academic sphere as well as the popular press, with essays nominated for a National Magazine Award in Canada, selected for the Best Canadian Essays and twice awarded the Arc Critics Desk Award. His first book, Clerks of the Passage, was published by Linda Leith Publishing in 2012; a French translation by Marianne Champagne entitled Les lieux de passage was published Linda Leith Éditions in October 2016.
As part of the artist duo caraballo-farman, formed with his late partner Leonor Caraballo, Abou has exhibited work internationally in galleries, museums and other venues, including at the Tate Modern, UK; PS1/MOMA, NY, and the Havana Biennial. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Canada Council for the Arts Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. Amongst other film work and credits, he was producer on Iranian filmmaker Amir Naderi’s Vegas: Based on a True Story, which was in competition at the Venice and Tribeca Film Festivals in 2008, and is producer and co-writer of the narrative feature film Icaros: A Vision, co-directed by Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi.