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Like hearing through sheet metal

Mariane Béliveau / 2024 / 83 min. / Canada / FRENCH

Synopsis

Like hearing through sheet metal offers a sensitive and intimate look at the complex world of injection drug use, through the experiences of Marianne, M., and Lion: a wander through the rituals of daily life, the interstices of the city, and the confines of memory.

Cast & Crew

  • Screenplay : Mariane Béliveau
  • Cinematographer : Julie Pelletier, Maxime Laurin
  • Editor : David Gamache
  • Sound : Mathieu Huard, Marie-Andrée Cormier
  • Sound mix : Benoit Fecteau
  • Sound editor : Mathieu Robineau
  • Music : Findlay Sontag

Genre

Documentaire

Topics

Addiction, Culture and society, Portrait, Quebec

Biography

Since completing her studies in Sociology, Mariane has used the form of the documentary to express her desire for radical change through art. Narratives from "Saint Gabriel" (2017) and "I usually sing it in the shower" (2022) mark the start of her production.

Festivals

- 2024 -

DOC-Cévennes, France

Director's statement

I have become interested in a practice that is radically marginalized, a subject that may initially seem raw, but which I have approached with immense tenderness, creating a contrast between the rawness of the content and the gentleness of the treatment. This tenderness is made possible by the close relationships I have with the people I work with. By giving a voice to those who inject themselves, this film hopes to touch the core of humanity. This project represents the culmination of a process that began over 3 years ago, characterized by a long immersion in the world of the protagonists. I began my exploration by producing a short film, where I deepened my connection with the three participants who are also featured in the current project. This first film offered a sensory immersion that included descriptions of physical effects and states of mind that, while related to injection, remained universal. If this initial approach focused on the sensory aspect of injection, "Listening through Sheets of Metal" offers a different perspective. While preserving the concept of a "sensory ritual" in its formal treatment, especially through the chemical alteration of 16mm film, this feature-length film delves more into the unique journeys of the individuals and prioritizes the relational aspect of their experiences.
This documentary takes a less distant look here and takes the time to meet the protagonists, allowing us to get to know them deeply in their many facets. The uniqueness of the film comes in part from its secondary themes, which enrich our understanding of the subject: disability, interpersonal relationships, sex work, the perspectives of others and institutions, and more.

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