Jesus of Montreal
導演 Director:丹尼阿肯 Denys Arcand

加拿大、法國 Canada, France | 1989 | 119 分鐘 min | 彩色 Colour | 35mm 法語、英語和意大利語對白,中英文字幕 In French, English and Italian with Chinese and English subtitles

3/8 (六 Sat) 7:30pm

Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre

購票 Ticketing


Denys Arcand’s film serves as a post-modern discourse on traditional Catholic ideology in Quebec. Like Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, this 1989 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner emphasises on the humanity of Jesus while subverting the established depictions of his life story. The film challenges not only the religious authority, but also the mass media and consumer culture. The story begins with a church’s annual Passion play, which is led by a young artist who plays Jesus this year. His refreshing use of real-life downcast characters in the play is well received, one of them was played by the director Robert Lepage. However, life imitates art when his story follows the path of the biblical figure he portrays. The film draws parallels to actual biblical scenes - such as an audition is akin to the corrupted temple and an attorney’s offer is like a test from Satan. The retelling of biblical tales in 1980s Quebec seamlessly merges mythology with reality. Its authenticity has the power to convert one to be a believer.

Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival 1989

Best Motion Picture, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Cinematography, Genie Awards, Canada 1990

No 2 of Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time, Toronto International Film Festival 1993, 2004

丹尼阿肯 Denys ARCAND


Was born in Deschambault, Quebec in 1941. While studying history at the University of Montreal, he co-produced Seul ou avec d’autres (1962). He joined the National Film Board from 1963-68 and directed 5 documentaries, including Treadmill (1969) and Cotton Mill (1970), a socio-political documentary on the textile industry which was banned for six years. His other major works include Dirty Money (1971), Réjeanne Padovani (1973), Gina (1974), La lutte des travailleurs d’hopitaux (1975), Duplessis (TV series, 1976), Comfort and Indifference (1982), Le crime d’ovide plouffe (1984), The Decline of the American Empire (1986), and Jesus of Montreal (1989). His cynicism on the course of politics in his films was recognized worldwide. He won the Québec Critics Prize with Comfort and Indifference (1981). Apart from winning major awards at the Genie Awards, The Decline of the American Empire and Jesus of Montreal won FIPRESCI Awards and Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986 and 1989 respectively and both nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards then. He finally won the Academy Awards with The Barbarian Invasions (2003). His most recent work is The Fall of the Amercian Empire (2019).