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The Image Mill
August 12, 2008 11:57 AM   Subscribe

Canadian writer, actor, and director Robert Lepage, whose work has included Jésus de Montréal and Le Confessional, has recently turned his attention to - of all places - the Bunge Grain complex in Quebec City. In celebration of Quebec's 400th anniversary, Lepage turned the complex into a vast movie screen 30 meters tall and 600 meters wide. This project is known as the Image Mill. If you happen to be in Quebec City, you can watch it at the Port of Québec, every night at 10 PM, until August 24.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing (10 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
I live right next to an abandoned Bunge grain tower in Minneapolis. I would totally copy his effort if it weren't for all the scary hobos about the place.
posted by boubelium at 12:02 PM on August 12, 2008


That. Is. So. Cool. That video of it in operation is amazing. I would love to see that outside my window. I take it The Image Mill is the translation of Le Moulin a Images?
posted by shmegegge at 12:28 PM on August 12, 2008


LePage is a genius. I'm seriously considering robbing a bank in order to be able to attend his staging of the Ring Cycle in 2010 at the Met.
posted by jokeefe at 12:30 PM on August 12, 2008


Lepage is a genius, mostly because of his ground breaking approach to theatre, not film. Jesus de Montreal was written and directed by Denys Arcand (as awesome but in different ways), not Lepage.
posted by bumpkin at 2:04 PM on August 12, 2008


Jesus de Montreal was written and directed by Denys Arcand (as awesome but in different ways), not Lepage.

As a writer, actor and director, his work does include Jesus de Montreal, though, as he acted in that movie.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 2:08 PM on August 12, 2008


Oh, sorry. You are quite right. I don't think I ever realized this. Now I'm struggling to remember which character René was. Its been over ten years since I watched JdM...
posted by bumpkin at 2:18 PM on August 12, 2008


Its been over ten years since I watched JdM.

Likewise. I think I might have to blow the dust off that one in the library and watch it tonight, now that you mention it.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 2:21 PM on August 12, 2008


Wow, the video of this installation is amazing. I wish I could see it in person.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 2:29 PM on August 12, 2008


Oh, sorry. You are quite right. I don't think I ever realized this. Now I'm struggling to remember which character René was. Its been over ten years since I watched JdM...

It has been a while since I have seen JdM too -- though it is one of my all-time favourites -- but I'm pretty sure he was one of the actors in the group, specifically the one who included a Shakespeare monologue in the passion play.

I have tickets to Lepage's Lipsynch at the Barbican in September, and I am very excited about it.
posted by sueinnyc at 2:59 PM on August 12, 2008


Hey! We stumbled across this by accident this weekend. It's very, very impressive in real life. You can stagger out of Le Buffet de l'antiquaire stuffed with meat pie and poutine and watch the largest animation about the history of Quebec that you've ever seen.
posted by Drab_Parts at 4:28 PM on August 12, 2008


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