CELEBRATING 5 YEARS of SPIRA with 5 SHORT FILMS
Through R_Don’t Give an Inch, Anne-Marie Bouchard collects the surprisingly lucid reflections of children on the notion of resistance. With a female roller derby training session as its background, the film offers a selection of tableaux filled with everyday poetry, as displays of opportunities to stand up to something. Above all, it reminds us that, as it turns out, the very action of creating is an act of resistance.
Joseph Samuel Jacques Julien, by David Bernatchez, tells the life story of a 59-year old man deeply invested in a quest for meaning since the death of his wife. In the three-act film, the salesman struggles to take control of his destiny, obviously terrified of opening his heart again. The filmmaker draws inspiration from the political context to make connections between the life of the bereaved and the reality of a nation resisting change. As he pays visits to Rosie’s, a canteen in the working-class districts, the salesman learns to hope again.
In A Man of Dance, Marie Brodeur follows the atypical path of a giant who tiptoes through life: internationally renowned ballet dancer Vincent Warren. A proud advocate for culture, Warren opens up with a rare generosity on the encounters that have shaped him, including the one with the love of his life, American poet Frank O’Hara. Following the tragic death of the poet, pain becomes Warren’s main motor of creation, as he draws his strength from the various forms of beauty he encounters.
With a female roller derby training session as its background, the film offers a selection of tableaux filled with everyday poetry, as displays of opportunities to stand up to something.