Photo credit: Marc-Olivier Bécotte

No one could have foreseen the full scope of these upheavals currently happening around the globe. In just a few weeks, confinement has completely redefined our daily lives, allowing us to slow down a bit and making us fully aware of the precious nature of time.

Confined in our respective spaces, each lends a more careful ear to everything around us. This period of newly found time gives way to a contemplative zone in which we can put our states of mind on paper, take a closer look at a cinematographic piece, try out a new recipe in the pans.

These moments of shared solitude finally allow us to dig deeper into various subjects and personal interests. To conscientiously explore the thought and approach of exceptional artists, revisit these eloquent long conversations.

Dare in Cinema with Christine Vachon

With some one hundred films to her credit, brilliant American producer Christine Vachon is a leading light in the independent film industry. Aside from her major accomplishments—including Kids (1995), Boys Don’t Cry (1999), Far From Heaven (2002), and Still Alice (2014)—Vachon is known for her desire to explore uncharted territory.

With uncompromising authenticity, she calls on undiscovered talents to help her tell stories that are sometimes provocative, sometimes disturbing, but never boring.

Redefining the boundaries of gastronomy with Massimo Bottura

Culinary visionary Massimo Bottura is no stranger to thinking outside the kitchen. At the vanguard of a new generation of Italian chefs, his work both as an innovator and restaurateur has consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s most creative culinary figures.

Massimo’s internationally renowned restaurant, Osteria Francescana, is currently second on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants listing. He also engages the public in community projects aimed at bringing dignity back to the table.

The artistic journey to animation, with Don Hahn

Don Hahn is a filmmaker, author, and painter, but the cinema owes him a debt of gratitude for his work as a producer and ambassador for animated film. He has been at the helm of some of the most iconic movies of the past 20 years.

Hahn shattered box office records with The Lion King, was involved in directing the remake Fantasia 2000, and produced Beauty and the Beast, the first animated movie nominated for the Oscar for best picture (1991).

The subtle art of storytelling, with Michel Gondry

The legendary French filmmaker directed the Oscar winning movie, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The reach of his projects are rising above international boarders in particular, thanks to his solid reputation within the music industry, collaborating with one of the biggest names such as the Rolling Stones (Like a Rolling Stone), the White Stripes (Fell in love with a Girl), Daft Punk (Around the World) as well as Björk (Declare Independence).

By Alexandre Demers

Photo (cover): Marc-Olivier Bécotte

About Centre Phi
The Phi Centre is a versatile space with venues that adapt to accommodate the event at hand: launches, conferences, seminars, screenings, exhibitions, concerts, performances, interactive installations. It has creative studios and production suites equipped with the latest technology for all artistic needs. It’s a multifunctional centre where art can express itself in its various forms. It’s a space where people can exchange, learn, discover, launch, shoot, record, and more.

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