How does our environment make us what we are? Who shapes the dreams that we think are ours? How much space is left for being yourself?
Those questions underlie JUICE, Le 4125, rue Parthenais and Junior. Films about men’s worlds where only winners matter and losers are invisible, taking solace in their sincerity.
After turning 30 and becoming a mother, Isabelle Lavigne turned her attention to a women’s world, making La nuit, elles dansent (At Night, They Dance). She remains as interested as ever in the intersections between social order and difference, observing a family of belly dancers who – by simply making a living – transgress against moral order.
Thanks to the time she invests and the trust she builds with her subjects, Isabelle Lavigne’s films take us inside dramatically rich microcosms, which she patiently explores in great depth. The result is real-life narratives that resemble fiction.
Back to the new world (2008)
Best Canadian Documentary, Hot Doc’s, 2008
Best documentary, Gala des prix Gémeaux, Montreal 2009
Le 4125, rue Parthenais
Colin Low Award for Best Canadian Documentary, Doxa, 2002
Best student film
Norman McLaren award for best documentary
Montreal Film Festival, 1999
After studying film at Université de Montréal, Stéphane Thibault directed two medium-length documentaries, Les loups (1995) and Ne parlez jamais avec l’inconnu (1996, Best Video Documentary, Festival Internacional de Cinema de Figueira da Foz, Portugal). In 1998, he made Le beau Jacques (Grand Prix, international competition, Festival international du documentaire de Marseille). In 2002, he directed The Righteous (Claude Jutra Award) and in 2007 Junior, a feature documentary (Best Canadian Documentary, Hotdocs, Toronto).