HOPE (11', Canada, 2011)

 

Ten minutes of visual excellence are the trademark of HOPE, an exploration of the subconscious and a bold interpretation of war seen through the eyes of a dying general. We should expect a hypnotic experience from a director, PEDRO PIRES, who really seems to master his craft and for whom his background in cinematography and special effects gets to serve him very well. Inspired from the play “Jimmy, créature de rêve”, by Marie Brassard, but not using any dialogue, this mix of death, brutality and love is, in its own way, an homage to cinema.

Director: PEDRO PIRES

 

Cast: BILL CROFT, LUCAS SILVEIRA, VINCENT D’ARBOUZE, CATHERINE LIPSCOMBE

Screenplay: PEDRO PIRES

Cinematography: PEDRO PIRES

Editing: AUBE FOGLIA, PEDRO PIRES

Music: ROBERT M. LEPAGE

Sound: SYLVAIN BELLEMARE, BERNARD GARIÉPY STROBL

Producer: PHOEBE GREENBERG, PENNY MANCUSO

Production: PHI FILMS



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From reproducing and animating monsters, during his childhood in Quebec, PEDRO PIRES took no time to show his special effects techniques and to win an Emmy award for Outstanding Visual Effects at his very debut in film, THE SOUND OF THE CARCERI (director François Girard). His work seems to transcend cinema, and collaborations with Cirque du Soleil and New York Metropolitan Opera show a wide range of artistic interests. His works are often dark and bizarre. Two of the three short films he had directed, HOPE and DANSE MACABRE deal with representation of death or its proximities, and had a large number of screenings world-wide. The artist is working now on the feature film MICHELLE MARIE THOMAS (working title), a partial adaptation of the play Lipsynch by Robert Lepage, with whom he is sharing the direction.

 

Toronto 2011 / Clermont Ferrand 2012 / Telluride 2011 / Vancouver 2011 / Stockholm 2011 / Rotterdam 2012 / Palm Springs 2012 / Namur 2012 / Paris International Fantastic Film Festival 2011 - Prix du jury international du meilleur court métrage /  Transilvania International Film Festival - Best Film (Shadows Shorts Competition) 2012 /  Curtocircuito 2012 / Fantasia 2012 / Cinefiesta 2012

 

"PEDRO PIRES replaces in HOPE a classic narration with a stream of consciencesness which allows him to deploy a wide range of visual techniques. The ambiguity is a main strength here. We are driven in three locations, a battlefield, a barber shop and an improvised infirmary aboard a plane. The style (sepia tones, the score and set design) reminds us of WWII, but there are more themes at work here. We seem to be in Purgatory, in a Dantesque barber shop, where an androgen guards the passage. You would probably recognize a distant influence from Charles Laughton's NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, with Robert Mitchum showing his tattooed hands in front of us. There is no Love/Hate dichotomy here, but a feeling of Lonesome, as we read from the letters drawn on the androgen character. In the horror atmosphere created with the lack of human voice, Pires employs with maximum strength his FX skills. He uses no more than a couple of seconds, usually in slow-motion, shocking scenes that really drive us into a nightmare." (Andrei Dobrescu, BIEFF 2012)

 

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