Five Continents

The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches

Simon Lavoie | 112min | Kanada

  • År: 2017
  • Språk: Franska
  • Text: Engelsk
  • Nordisk Premiär

Gud, sprit och genustrubbel i ultraestetisk svartvit coming-of-age-gotik om en isolerad familj som plötsligt öppnar dörren till omvärlden.

Simon Lavoie är den kanadensiska filmens just nu mest vågade och fascinerande filmskapare. Efter förra årets revolutionära tretimmarsodyssé Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves är han tillbaka med en brutal uppväxtskildring i en religiös familj som lever isolerad från omvärlden i 1930-talets Quebec. Här växer två bröder upp under sträng uppfostran av sin försupne far. När fadern plötsligt dör upptäcker de snart att världen utanför gården inte är så som det beskrivits, att deras familj inte är vad som sagts, och den ena brodern förstår så småningom också att han är en syster. Med sylvasst svartvitt foto berättar Lavoie om religion, faderskap och skruvad sexualitet i gotisk sektmiljö.

- Olle Agebro

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Simon Lavoie

Regissör: Simon Lavoie

Simon Lavoie, born in 1979 in Charlevoix, Canada, is a director and writer. He directed several shorts, including A White Chapel (Jutra Award 2006) before directing his first feature, The Deserter in 2008. His second feature Laurentia (co-directed with M. Denis) premiered in Karlovy Vary in 2011 and won awards at the London Raindance Film Festival and St. Petersburg Polar Lights Films Festival. In 2012, he directed The Torrent, an adaptation of a short story by Anne Hébert, and then teamed again with M. Denis for those Who Make Revolutions Halfway only Dig Their Own Graves (Best Canadian Feature TIFF 2016, Special Mention Prize Generation 14Plus, Berlinale 2017). The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond Of Matches is his fifth feature.

My starting point for writing the script was the initial impression I had when I first discovered the novel. Above all, I realized I was in the presence of a mesmerizing piece of writing, a work of great artistic value. At that moment, my first thought was that this uncompromising novel should give life to an uncompromising film. the transposition of such a literary masterpiece to the screen was, however, not easy and far from obvious. To reach my goal, I had to make clear, courageous choices. I knew that I had to start with removing all the parts of the literary work that were not filmable, so as to translate the core to the pure language of cinema; I had to put action and imagery above oral narrative. Furthermore, the parts of the story that would not take the form of images or that were impossible to convey visually (or transmit through dialogue), had to be partly or even completely abandoned in order to achieve narrative economy. Would the story su er ? I was sure it wouldn’t. Quite the contrary ; I was convinced that this amazing story, borne by the distinctive characters, could work without a voice over explaining, describing, and commenting the action.

Fotograf:
Nicolas Canniccioni
Klippare:
Aube Foglia
Musik:
Ivo Bláha
Medverkande:
Marine Jonhson, Antoine l’Écuyer, Jean-François Casabonne, Alex Godbout, Laurie Babin-Fortin
Kontakt:
Seville International, anickp@filmsseville.com
Svensk distributör:
20th Century Fox