A SUMMER LOVE63 min, Documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2015
Directed byJean-François Lesage
Produced byJean-François Lesage
A portrait of lovers at night, in the summer of the Mont-Royal park in Montreal.
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Press reviewsThe digital generation obviously has a lot to think and talk about concerning relationships and romantic dramas. The neon lights show them the way through a nocturnal nature, into the uncertain future of adulthood. Watching this is a sensuous experience. Zaza Rusadze, Dok Leipzig 2015
It’s summer in Montreal and everyone is in love… except you. Late at night, on top of the mountain that overlooks the city, couples lay in the grass and linger in after-hours picnics, bodies move in closer, expressions transform. You roam from gatherings to budding couples, never quite able to savour this fever, or hold it in your arms. You want to feel their wonderment, yet it slips through your fingers. You are merely a bystander, a simple voyeur. You are not invited to the party.
Screenplay and direction : Jean-François Lesage
Image : Jean-François Lesage et Marianne Ploska
Sound recording : Aude Renaud-Lorrain
Sound editing: Alexis Pilon-Gladu
Editing : Mathieu Bouchard-Malo et Ariane Pétel-Despots
Music : GOLD ZEBRA
Poems: Jonathan Lamy
Production : Jean-François Lesage
Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec
After studying law, Jean-François Lesage began his career as a journalist for Radio-Canada television in Alberta and British Columbia. In 1998, blown away by a close-up of Gong Li in the film Red Sorghum, he headed to Beijing, where he was to spend six years. Inspired by the energy and courage of Chinese indie filmmakers like Wang Bing, Zhao Liang and Yang Lina, he made his first creative documentary, Sweet Nights Sour Nights (2004). He followed this up with How Can You Tell if the Little Fish are Happy? (2009), the tale of a summer in the suburbs of Beijing, co-directed with his brother Philippe Lesage. Back in Montréal, he then made A Mile End Tale (2013), the closing film at Visions du Réel, followed by A Summer Love (2015), winner of the Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at the RIDM. The Hidden River (2017), his fourth feature, took the special jury prize (Canadian feature) at last year’s RIDM and took part in the Burning Lights Competition at this year’s Visions du Réel. Lesage is currently at work on a new documentary, a winter’s tale of sorts entitled Prayer for a Lost Mitten.
The Hidden River (2017 / 75 min)