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
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    Production
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    Jean-François Lesage

    Jean-François Lesage

    Canada

    Jean-François Lesage lived in China for six years where the courage of the independent filmmakers he met (Wang Bing, Zhao Liang and Yang Lina) inspired him to make his first creative documentary, SWEET NIGHTS SOUR NIGHTS. Since returning to Montreal, he has made A MILE END TALES, the closing film at Visons du Réel in 2014, and A SUMMER LOVE, Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at RIDM in 2015. THE HIDDEN RIVER is his fourth documentary feature.

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