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Le chant d'Empédocle Sylvain L'Espérance, Marie-Claude Loiselle

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The Song of Empedocles

At the intersection of philosophy and sensory exploration, this is a film about Greece: a historic, geographic and political heartland. The words of Empedocles set the tone for our journey, as thought evolves through the centuries and writers accompany us as we travel the rugged landscape. We meet humans, animals, old stones both sculpted and rough: here, each of them has importance, telling the story of an ancestral world that is not immune to big upheavals. Ancient traditions and knowledge meet modern industry amidst timeless landscapes rich in memory. Sounds and images invoke the elements, transporting us from the very beginning to the first stirrings of the revolt to come.

Presented in collaboration with Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma, l'Observatoire du cinéma au Québec and le Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques de l’Université de Montréal

Le chant d'Empédocle

  • Country : Canada (Quebec)
  • Year : 2019
  • V.O : French
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 107 MIN
  • Cinematography : Sylvain L'Espérance
  • Editing : Sylvain L'Espérance, Marie-Claude Loiselle
  • Production : Sylvain L'Espérance
  • Music : Wolf Eyes, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, John Cage, This Heat
  • Sound Design : Sylvain L'Espérance
Filmography of Sylvain L'Espérance :

Les printemps incertains (1992)
La main invisible (2002)
Un fleuve humain (2006)
Intérieurs du delta (2009)
Sur le rivage du monde (2012)
Combat au bout de la nuit (2016)

Filmography of Marie-Claude Loiselle :

First film

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