The Hidden River
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    The Hidden River

    La rivière cachée

    Directed by

    Canada

    2017

    75 min

    • French
    • Mandarin

    Documentary

    In the heart of a deep forest runs a river. On its banks, men and women sit and talk, opening up to each other. In this remote setting conducive to reflection, they wonder what it takes to attain inner peace, debate the wisdom of passing something on to future generations and realize that, in love, the perfect ‘soulmate’ is a near-impossible ideal. The sun sets behind the mountains and the swimmers bitterly acknowledge the failure of certain dreams, but still find meaning in contemplating nature, the stars and the moon.

    Awards

    • Special Jury Mention (Canadian Competition) - RIDM

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Jean-François Lesage
    Cinematography
    Jean-François Lesage
    Editing
    Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
    Ariane Pétel-Despots
    Music
    Henryk Gorecki
    Production
    LES FILMS DE L'AUTRE
    Production
    LES FILMS DU 3 MARS
    Jean-François Lesage

    Jean-François Lesage

    Canada

    After studying law, Jean-François Lesage began his career as a journalist for Radio-Canada television in Alberta and British Columbia. In 1998, shaken by the discovery of Chinese cinema, he headed to Beijing, where he was to spend six years. This is where he directed his first creative documentary, SWEET NIGHTS SOUR NIGHTS (2004). He followed this up with HOW CAN YOU TELL IF THE LITTLE FISH ARE HAPPY? (2009) co-directed with his brother Philippe Lesage. Back in Montréal, he then made A MILE END TALE (2013), the closing film at Visions du Réel 2014, followed by A SUMMER LOVE (2015), winner of the Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at the RIDM. THE HIDDEN RIVER (2017), his fourth feature, won the Special Jury Prize (Canadian feature) at the RIDM.

    Selected Filmography