Ten Canadian filmmakers.
Five filmed correspondences.
Cinéma Public is proud to present Cinépistolaire, our very first original creation. Over the past few months, we have commissioned five series of short epistolary films from Canadian filmmaker duos: Caroline Monnet and Carol Nguyen, Lina Rodriguez and Jorge Lozano, Trevor Anderson and Eva Cvijanović, Shannon Walsh and Julien Elie, and Nour Ouayda and Rhayne Vermette. From these exchanges of filmed letters, a unique cinematic space is born, where each person’s voice and gaze simultaneously listen to the other and unveil the self. The complete series is available free of charge. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Cinépistolaire à l’affiche
On Thursday July 14, 9PM, at Livart, Cinépistolaire is making the jump to the big screen! This festive evening will be an opportunity to experience Bleu soir completely free of charge and to meet some of the filmmakers of the series.
CAROLINE MONNET is a multidisciplinary artist of Anishinaabe and French ancestry from the Outaouais region of Quebec. Her work has been exhibited around the world, and is included in numerous museum collections. Winner of a 2020 Sobey Art Award and the 2020 Pierre Ayot Award, she adds her 2021 feature film Bootlegger to her impressive track record.
CAROL NGUYEN is a Vietnamese Canadian filmmaker, born and raised in Toronto, now based in Montreal. Her last film, No Crying at the Dinner Table, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2020, No Crying also received the Jury Prize for Short Documentary at SXSW. Today, Carol is working towards developing her first documentary feature, as well as an animated short.
LINA RODRÍGUEZ is a Colombian Canadian filmmaker. She has written, directed, and produced six short films (Convergences et rencontres, Pont du Carrousel, Einschnitte, Protocol, ante mis ojos, Aquí y allá) and three features, Señoritas, Mañana a esta hora, Mis dos voces. The latter premiered at the Berlinale in 2022. She has had retrospectives of her work screened in Buenos Aires, Madrid and Bogotá.
JORGE LOZANO is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, video artist, activist and curator of Colombian origin. He is also a prolific artist and organizer within Toronto’s Latin American video community since 1980. Best known among queer film buffs for his documentation of the Latino drag subculture, Jorge’s work has been featured in numerous festivals, museums and galleries.
TREVOR ANDERSON is a director, writer, and actor. His musical, The Man That Got Away, won the D.A.A.D. Short Film Prize at the Berlinale, while his western The Little Deputy and his science-fiction horror Docking both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Trevor directed his first feature film, Before I Change My Mind, in the summer of 2021; it will premiere in 2022.
EVA CVIJANOVIĆ is a Montréal-based, Sarajevo-born filmmaker and animator. Her needle-felted stop motion short Hedgehog’s Home premiered at the 67th Berlinale and was one of the most awarded Canadian shorts of 2017. Eva is currently experimenting with filmmaking within a game engine and exploring new collaborative ventures, both as director and researcher.
SHANNON WALSH is the writer and director of the feature documentaries The Gig Is Up, Illusions of Control, Jeppe on a Friday, À St-Henri, le 26 août, and H2Oil, as well as several short films and VR works. Her films have been screened at over 70 festivals and venues around the world, including the Venice Biennale and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia.
JULIEN ELIE is the director of Dark Suns, a documentary on criminal violence in Mexico. The latter has been selected for several dozen festivals around the world and has won numerous awards. He previously directed Celui qui savait, a film-investigation on political crimes in Rwanda, as well as The Last Meal, a deep dive into Huntsville, Texas, the death penalty capital of the United State.
RHAYNE VERMETTE was born in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Manitoba. It was while studying architecture at the University of Manitoba that she fell into the practices of image making and storytelling. Primarily self-taught, Rhayne’s films are opulent collages of fiction, animation, documentary, reenactments and divine interruption. Ste. Anne is her first feature narrative.
NOUR OUAYDA is a filmmaker, film critic and programmer. She is the deputy director of the Metropolis Cinema Association in Beirut, where she also coordinates the Cinematheque Beirut project. Her films (including One Sea, 10 Seas, which was shown at the RIDM in 2017) and her writing research the practice of drifting in cinema. She has been part of the online magazine Hors champ since 2016.
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