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Meeting with Robert Dole

François Harvey / 2021 / 16 min. / Canada / FRENCH / SUBS FRENCH, ENGLISH

Synopsis

This experimental short film gives the floor to Robert Dole who gives us his story and exposes his vision of schizophrenia. The theme of mental illness is echoed here in a cinematographic treatment that explores the materiality of film and magnetic tapes to find points of meeting and detachment, spaces resonating with the fall and redemption of Robert Dole.

Cast & Crew

  • Screenplay : François Harvey
  • Cinematographer : Christine Lavoie, François Harvey, Louis Moulin
  • Editor : François Harvey
  • Sound : François Harvey
  • Artistic director : François Harvey
  • Cast : Robert Dole
  • Production : François Harvey

Genre

Documentaire

Topics

Activism and social struggles, Addiction, LGBTQIA+, Illness, Death, Mental Health

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Biography

Born in 1979 in Chicoutimi, François Harvey is a musician and filmmaker from Quebec underground scene. His cinematic approach lies at the frontiers of direct cinema and experimental cinema. He is active in the independent film industry and teaches sound design at Cégep de Jonquière and Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC). He directed several experimental films under the banner of Post Grunge Production.

Festivals

- 2021 -
In competition | Festival Les Percéïdes, Canada

- 2022 -
Prix Philippe Belley | REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival, Canada
In competition | Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma, Canada
In competition | Portobello Film Festival, UK
In competition | Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
In competition | IndieCork Film Festival, Ireland
In competition | Inside Out, Canada
In competition | Gimme Some Truth, Canada

Awards

- 2022 -
Prix Philippe Belley | REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival, Canada

Director's statement

The Meeting with Robert Dole film project seeks to explore the limits and possibilities of hybridization of documentary and experimental processes. The human encounter being at the center of this exploration of filmic language, it comes to contaminate the process of textural research on image and sound which, in turn, provokes gestures and ways of thinking that are reflected in the documentary work. Thus, the image and sound degraded by obsolete devices, bacteria, burns, scratches dialogue with this third voice that we can associate both with the quest for the unknown in a creative process or with that of the mystical delirium that can be found in people with schizophrenia.

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