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Ste. Anne

Rhayne VERMETTE
Canada 2020 80min DCP color Experimental G Asian Premiere
Overview

As a party wanders into the night, word arrives that Renée has emerged from obscurity. This cataclysmic moment ignites Modeste’s awkward reunion with his older sibling. Renée has been missing for years and her presence unsettles the family, which also includes her own daughter, Athene. As Renée begins to form her dreams from fragments of her past, ominous premonitions disrupt the land. Shot over two years, Ste. Anne traces an allegorical reclamation of land through personal, symbolic, and historical sites all across Treaty 1 Territory, the heartland of the Métis Nation.

Review

This is the first feature-length film directed by Rhayne Vermette who has experimented with connecting images and narratives. Shooting the film for over a year on 16mm film, Vermette focused on using film as a tool that captures the beauty of light, darkness, dust, and snow. Ste. Anne tells the story of a mother returning to her hometown of Ste. Anne after a long time and reuniting with her daughter and her brother’s family who raised the girl in her absence. Although the story is akin to something you can find in mainstream films or TV dramas, the film uses images to dismantle the story instead of constructing a conventional narrative. In addition, rather than presenting a message to the audience, it allows the space of Ste. Anne becomes the main character and conveys the mood through the color and texture of the land, light, and sentiments, which cannot be described by dialogue. There are countless unnamed things in the world, and if films that conceptualize sentiments exist, Ste. Anne would be an example of such a film. (Sung MOON)

CREDIT
  • ScreenplayRhayne VERMETTE
  • ProducerRhayne VERMETTE
  • CinematographyErin WEISGERBER, Lindsay MCLNTYRE, Kristiane CHURCH, Amanda KINDZIERSKI, Rhayne VERMETTE
  • Production DesignJanelle TOUGAS
  • MusicBret PARENTEAU
  • EditorRhayne VERMETTE
  • SoundCharlene MOORE
  • CastIsabelle d'ESCHAMBAULT, Valerie MARION, Dolores GOSSELIN, Rhayne VERMETTE
PublicistStephen Lan Lan.Stephen@sympatico.ca
FILM SOURCE
Exovedate Productions / exvdt.prdctns@gmail.com
DIRECTOR
Rhayne VERMETTE
Born in Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba, Canada. Primarily self-taught, Rhayne's films are opulent collages of fiction, animation, documentary, structuralist experimentalism, and reenactments. Her work has screened internationally on diverse occasions. Rhayne has recently finished her first narrative feature Ste. Anne, which premiered at the Berlinale in 2021.
Sponsor
Jeonju Office

(54999) 2F, JEONJU Cine Complex, 22, Jeonjugaeksa 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea T. +82 (0)63 288 5433 F. +82 (0)63 288 5411

Seoul Office

(04031) 4F, 16, Yanghwa-ro 15-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea T. +82 (0)2 2285 0562 F. +82 (0)2 2285 0560

JEONJU Cine Complex

(54999) JEONJU Cine Complex, 22, Jeonjugaeksa 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea T. +82 (0)63 231 3377