Acclaimed feature debut from French-Canadian director comes to Cinematheque

Éliane Préfontaine in Still Night, Still Light

Éliane Préfontaine in Still Night, Still Light, the feature film debut from director Sophie Goyette.

Still Night, Still Light (Mes nuits feront écho) is the acclaimed feature-length debut from Québécois writer-director Sophie Goyette. The Cinematheque is screening the acclaimed French-Canadian film Feb. 1-4.

Still Night, Still Light follows five acclaimed shorts from the director. Still Night, Still Light won the Bright Future Award (“best first film”) at the Rotterdam Festival. The film has competed in more than 20 festivals, including the Vancouver International Film Festival. It also has been in nomination for the “Discovery Award 2017” attributed by the Director’s Guild of Canada.

Still Night, Still Light tells the stories of three connected characters. Eliane (Éliane Préfontaine) is a young, adrift Montreal woman who lands in Mexico, where she gives piano lessons. Romes is a Mexican man contending with midlife. Pablo, Romes’s elderly father, has always dreamed of going to China. Goyette shot the film in three countries.

A scene from Still Night, Still Light (2018).

Ben Umstead, at, wrote: “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.”

Closer to home, VIFF’s Adam Cook wrote that the movie “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.”

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