Gimli Film Festival 2021

Shorts #7: Champ libre (Free Range): 9 Short Films by Manitoban Francophones

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10 films in package
En trois-temps
A Young Girl’s spirit overcomes the numbing effects of death.
Fraction
Un peintre, pris par le désir d’achever son œuvre, ressent la pression du temps qui s’écoule. | Caught in a battle of time, an elderly artist struggles to complete his body of work.
Au pays des esprits
Au pays des esprits / Home of the Buffalo (2010, 4 min) is an operatic quest between father and child, between two genders and among colonial & Indigenous territories.
Mouvement
This excerpt from the feature documentary A Good Madness - The Dance of Rachel Browne, is inspired by Frida Kahlo's painting the "Wounded Deer"
Bon Voyage
Irreverent homage to the city of my birth.
Un jour au camp franco-survie
A short experimental documentary that follows a group of youths at a summer camp in Maskwa, Manitoba. The Canadian wilderness is juxtaposed with a discussion about growing up bilingual.
Hyper-Distrait
City of St. Boniface
Ruins, railways, bridges, well-kept lawns. The city of St. Boniface is a study in contrasting tempi, motion and stillness, noise and silence.
Tabula Rasa
In the aftermath of the 1950 Winnipeg flood, Fernand drifts through the submerged ruins of St-Boniface while Marie-Oiseau prays for a miracle.
Shorts #7: Champ libre (Free Range)
There is a long tradition of francophone filmmaking in Manitoba. Ever since Father Léon Rivard captured the first moving images in the province, an ever growing crop of francophone creators have enthusiastically adopted the cinematic medium to express themselves and share visions of their prairie home.

There is a long tradition of francophone filmmaking in Manitoba. Ever since Father Léon Rivard captured the first moving images in the province, an ever growing crop of francophone creators have enthusiastically adopted the cinematic medium to express themselves and share visions of their prairie home.

 

This collection of nine films represents the wide range of work being created by contemporary Manitoban cinéastes who choose to see the prairies through a francophone lens. Yet, as singular and stylistically varied as each of these films may appear, shared themes and tropes emerge, as if emanating from a deeper shared consciousness. These are films about living between two worlds, dealing with loss, finding one’s place and confronting the weight and expectations of tradition. As bold as they are vulnerable, these are films that speak to the uniqueness and vitality of Manitoba’s francophones.

An examination of the numbing effects of death on a young girl’s spirit. We meet her three times in her life, moments when death randomly appears. Time plays with her memories as she struggles to understand. She learns acceptance is key

  • Year
    2002
  • Runtime
    22.5 minutes
  • Language
    French, English
  • Country
    Canada
  • Rating
    14A
  • Note
    English Subtitles
  • Director
    Carole O'Brien