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Becoming Oneself - Nov 19 to Nov 25

Prière pour une mitaine perdue Jean-François Lesage

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Prayer for a Lost Mitten

At the lost-and-found, men and women come and go, looking for mislaid hats, bus passes or keys. An explorer of inner lives, Jean-François Lesage (Un amour d’été, La rivière cachée), meets these ordinary people and investigates the lost mittens. The importance of these mundane stray items often hides a bigger void: lost love, friends, homelands… In elegant black and white, and with his characteristic generosity and subtle humour, the filmmaker’s perspective branches out from the small and intimate to a meditation on community and existence itself. The result is a quintessential Montreal piece, yet also universal. This is a film that celebrates unity: a winter tale infused with human warmth. (Apolline Caron-Ottavi)

In first part Nutashkuaniu Shipu presented by Wapikoni mobile.

Presented in the Canal D Space

Presented in collaboration with Observatoire du cinéma au Québec (OCQ), Département d'Histoire de l'art et d'études cinématographiques (UDEM and Université de Montréal)

competition : National Feature Competition

Prière pour une mitaine perdue

  • Country : Canada (Quebec)
  • Year : 2020
  • V.O : French, English, Haitian creole
  • Subtitles : French or English
  • Duration : 79 MIN
  • Cinematography : Marianne Ploska
  • Editing : Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
  • Editing : Ariane Pétel-Despots
  • Production : Jean-François Lesage
  • Music : Tom Brunt
  • Sound Design : Marie-Pierre Grenier
Filmography of Jean-François Lesage :

Une nuit en Chine (2004)
Comment savoir si les petits poissons sont heureux (2009)
Conte du Mile End (2013)
Un amour d'été (2015)
La rivière cachée (2017)

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by Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt

Trees in Summer

by Suyu Lee

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by Nuria Giménez


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