Still Night, Still Light

(Mes nuits feront écho)
Canada 2016. Dir: Sophie Goyette. 98 min. DCP

“A debut that is nothing less than a complete and singular vision from a rising talent … Goyette could be in the same league as metaphysical minimalists like Carlos Reygadas and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.”
BEN UMSTEAD, SCREENANARCHY.COM

After five acclaimed shorts (including La Ronde, Canada’s Top Ten 2011), Québécois writer-director Sophie Goyette makes a bold transition to features with the dreamy, delicate Still Night, Still Light, winner of the Bright Future Award (“best first film”) at Rotterdam. Suffused with longing and regret, and set in a world of people haunted by the choices they’ve made and the loved ones they’ve lost, Goyette’s brave, beautiful film was shot in three countries and tells the stories of three connected characters. Eliane is a young, adrift Montreal woman who lands in Mexico, where she gives piano lessons. Romes is a Mexican man contending with midlife. Pablo is Romes’s elderly father, who has always wanted to travel to China. “Still Night, Still Light is a testament to cinema’s ability to provide solace, and a moving articulation of the physical and metaphysical journeys we take to ease our troubled souls” (Adam Cook, VIFF).


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