April 08

Cinéma Public presents Cinépistolaire Five correspondences filmed between ten filmmakers from across Canada

A series offered free of charge on the CinémaPublic platform

On the occasion of its first anniversary, Cinéma Public is proud to present its first original creation : Cinépistolaire, a series of films created by Cinéma Public to connect Canadian filmmakers. This unique project is perfectly in line with the organization’s mission, which is to humanize the cinematic experience with unifying events, meetings and discussions with artists, and to stand out with multidisciplinary, inclusive and community programming.

With that in mind, Cinéma Public invited five duos of Canadian filmmakers to create short epistolary films: Caroline Monnet and Carol NguyenLina Rodríguez and Jorge LozanoTrevor Anderson and Eva CvijanovićShannon Walsh and Julien Elie, as well as Nour Ouaydaand 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.

These correspondences are shared as of today, Tuesday, April 5, at the rate of one per week. They are offered free of charge to moviegoers on the Cinéma Public online platform.

Trailer: vimeo.com/694140407/765e2c1767

For more informationcinemapublic.ca/en/cinepistolaire

Cinéma Public acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Correspondence 1: Caroline Monnet and Carol Nguyen

Now available: cinemapublic.ca/en/films/cinepistolaire-1

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 Prix Pierre-Ayot, 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 latest film, No Crying at the Dinner Table, premiered at the TIFF and IDFA. In 2020, No Crying at the Dinner Table also received the Jury Prize for Short Documentary at SXSW. 

Correspondence 2: Lina Rodríguez and Jorge Lozano

Online April 12

Lina Rodríguez is a Colombian-Canadian filmmaker. She has written, directed and produced several short films, which have screened in multiple festivals. Lina has also created and produced film and video installations and performances that have shown in several galleries and festivals. Her latest feature film, So Much Tenderness, had its world premiere at the 2022 Berlinale.

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.

Correspondence 3: Trevor Anderson and Eva Cvijanović

Online April 19

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 film 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 Montreal-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.

Correspondence 4: Shannon Walsh and Julien Elie

Online April 26

Shannon Walsh is the writer and director of the feature documentaries The Gig Is Up, Illusions of ControlJeppe on a FridayÀ 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 The One Who Knew Too Much, a film-investigation on political crimes in Rwanda; The Last Meal, a deep dive into Huntsville, Texas, the death penalty capital of the United States; and 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.

Correspondence 5: Nour Ouayda and Rhayne Vermette

Online May 3

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.

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 (2021) is her first feature narrative.

Cinéma Public wishes to highlight the generoussupport of its partners: the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine of the ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation through the Fonds d’initiative et de rayonnement de la métropole; the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC); the ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale; the Conseil des arts de Montréal; TelefilmCanada and the Department of Canadian Heritage; as well as Casa d’Italia.


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