Joseph Giunta: a Silent
Triumph is an exquisitely bittersweet profile of the
Montreal painter, who died in January, by Pepita Ferrari.
It opened in its French-language version, Joseph Giunta:
un Triomphe Silencieux, at Ex-Centris yesterday in a
double bill with Charles Binamé's Gauvreau ou
l'Obligation de la Liberté.
The 50-minute documentary was shot in one and two-day
increments per month last year so as not to overtax
its 89-year-old subject and his beloved wife, Helen.
As much a study of devotion under unbelievable pressures-Helen
suffers from Alzheimer's-as it is a picture of artistic
creation, A Silent Triumph traces 70 years of pure artistic
expression in Giunta's chosen medium.
«It wasn't easy to get financing,» veteran
documentary film-maker Ferrari said with a laugh this
week.«Who wanted to back a film about an old guy,
Alzheimer's and abstract painting?»
Money did finally come through and the result «is
the first of my movies I can watch over and over whitout
cringing.» Ideally, Ferrari says, the picture
will become a rallying point for improvements in seniors
care and Alzheimer's treatment. She also hopes «people
won't feel just sadness, but also feel the power and
the passion of the human spirit.»
Expect to see this moving film find a place of pride
in the next winter's Festival of Films on Art.
Joseph Giunta: un Triomphe Silencieux is playing
3536 St. Laurent Blvd. Call (514)847-3536