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Sylvain L'Espérance

Sylvain L'Espérance

Canada / Website

Biography

Born in Montreal in 1961, Sylvain L'Espérance studied film and visual arts. For the past 25 years, he has travelled widely, from Quebec to Mali to Greece. He has directed nearly a dozen films that combine direct cinema with experimental research to explore reality through a poetic lens. His films question our relationships with outsiders and marginalized communities. They give voice to migrants, workers, artisans, sailors, fishermen, shepherds, the unemployed and the homeless. These voices are carried by street theatre, song and poetry and merge into a political cry that speaks the unspoken. This liberated voice is one of raw and spirited power that stands firm against capitalism and its devastating consequences.

L'Espérance's films are selected and presented by prestigious documentary festivals around the world. Many of his films have won major awards. In 2010, Intérieurs du Delta (Into the Delta) won the award for Best Director at the Festival Dei Popoli in Florence. In 2013, the Munich Dok.fest awarded Sur le Rivage du monde (Standing on the Edge of the World) the International Competition Award.


Filmography:

Les écarts perdus (Canada, 1988)
Les printemps incertains (53´, Canada, 1992) Un film de cinéaste (Canada, 1995) - collective film
Pendant que tombent les arbres (Canada, 1996)
Le temps quíl fait (Canada, 1997)
La main invisible (77´, Canada, 2002)
Une fleuve humain/ The River Where We Live (92´, Canada, 2006)
Intérieurs du delta (77´, Canada/Mali, 2009)
Sur le rivage du monde (106', Canada, 2012)

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Bamako, temps suspendu

Bamako, temps suspendu (Orig.) / 2014 / Canada / 30 min

Two musicians perform in a courtyard in Bamako, Mali. A quest for harmony; knowing glances and comforting presences; time marches on.

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Haiku - Sylvain L'Espérance + René Roberge

Haiku - Sylvain L'Espérance + René Roberge (Orig.) / Canada / 1 min

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Into the Delta

Intérieurs du delta (Orig.) / 2009 / Canada / 76 min

The life of a family of fishermen, in the inland delta of the Niger river in Mali, is stricken by the effects of globalization: the rise of the price of oil and basic goods, the collapse of fish stocks and the signs of global warming.

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Shadows of Spring

Les printemps incertains (EN version) (Orig.) / 1992 / Canada / 53 min

Emerging from the multiple perspectives of this film, a memory of a neighbourhood is recreated which tells of the fragility of working class habitats residents and workers from southwest Montréal recount its tragic history: The immigration and settling of the Irish in the 19th century the expropriation of Griffintown the destruction of Goose village. The industrial decline of Pointe-Saint-Charles and surroundings.

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Shadows of Spring (FR version)

Les printemps incertains (FR version) (Orig.) / 1992 / Canada / 53 min

Emerging from the multiple perspectives of this film, a memory of a neighbourhood is recreated which tells of the fragility of working class habitats residents and workers from southwest Montréal recount its tragic history: The immigration and settling of the Irish in the 19th century the expropriation of Griffintown the destruction of Goose village. The industrial decline of Pointe-Saint-Charles and surroundings.

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Standing on the Edge of the World

Sur le rivage du monde (Orig.) / 2012 / Canada / 105 min

After several failed attempts to reach Europe, César, Félou and Érik find themselves in Bamako, Mali – deported but still driven to pursue their dreams. Meanwhile Amih fights with unshakeable determination to escape a life of unfulfillment and forge a brighter future for herself and her children.

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The River Where We Live

Un fleuve humain (Orig.) / 2006 / Canada / 92 min

The interior delta of the Niger River in Mali. The river crosses a vast plain in the heart of the Sahel. It is a vivid patchwork of canals, rivers, lakes, islands, seas, prairies and flood zones. Throughout this territory, human societies have learned to live together, in a symbiotic relationship with the cycles and movements of the river. During the dry season, as water levels began receding, I went to encounter the people of the delta - artisans, merchants, navigators, herders and fishermen - leaving in search of a human portrait of the river...

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