Featured Short

Danse Macabre

For a period of time, while we believe it to be perfectly still,
lifeless flesh responds, stirs and contorts in a final macabre ballet.

Just weeks after presenting to the public their incredible award-winning short film Next Floor, Montreal based multifunctional art center, Phi Centre, presents another award-amassing experimental masterpiece, this time directed by Pedro Pires.

For a period of time, while we believe it to be perfectly still,
lifeless flesh responds, stirs and contorts in a final macabre ballet.
Are these spasms merely erratic motions
or do they echo the chaotic twists and turns of a past life?

Danse Macabre is an artistically beautiful and unconventionally creepy short film, where Pedro Pires takes us through the incredible dance of a lifeless body from the moment of death to the turning of ashes. As foul as it sounds, the experience is a unique one that is surprisingly enjoyable.

The co-director of the upcoming Triptyque, Pedro Pires ushers in his cinematic collaboration with the legendary Robert Lepage with the short film Danse Macabre. Thus began a formidable adventure throughout over a hundred festivals and more than 40 prizes, including Best Canadian Short at TIFF, the Grand Prix National at Regard sur le court métrage au Saguenay as well as the doublé : both the Jutra and Genie for Best Short Film, in the same year.

The PHI Centre is an initiative of Phi and its founder, Phoebe Greenberg. Phi’s mission is to provide the public with excellence in all types of art from every possible horizon. Phi is also at the head of three of the most dynamic entities in the art world: Phi-Music, Phi-Films and Phi-Creation.

Pendant un certain temps, alors qu’on le croit parfaitement inerte, notre cadavre s’anime, s’exprime et s’agite en un ultime ballet macabre. Les nombreux spasmes qui secouent notre corps ne sont-ils que mouvements erratiques ou font-ils écho au tourbillon et au tumulte de notre vie passée?

– Danse Macabre (Pedro Pires)

Du co-réalisateur de Triptyque en salle prochainement, Pedro Pires débute sa collaboration au cinéma avec le légendaire Robert Lepage sur le court métrage Danse Macabre. S’en suivront une formidable aventure à travers une centaine de festivals et plus de 40 prix incluant le meilleur court canadien du TIFF, le Grand Prix National à Regard sur le court métrage au Saguenay et le doublé : Prix Jutra et Prix Genie du meilleur court la même année.

La mission du Centre Phi est de rendre l’art accessible au plus grand nombre de gens possible et de favoriser toutes les formes de rencontres et d’échanges entre les artistes, les œuvres et les différents publics. Et en faisant, de l’art, un lieu de rencontre, Phi rend l’art essentiel.

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