Harevan – Synopsis
Constrained by her shyness, Clemence is struggling to build relationships with others. To help, she spends time with her Armenian neighbor in whom she will find a confidant.
(Screened at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3, 2018)
About the director, Marilou Caravecchia-Pelletier
Born in Montreal, Marilou Caravecchia-Pelletier was raised by a Quebec born father and a Franco-Italian mother. Her origins motivated her to travel, first to visit her family, later to fulfill a passion. Graduate from the program of cinema at UQAM in the director profile, this young filmmaker draws inspiration from many subjects that touch her deeply to convey her own vision of the world and to try to move others.
What inspired your film?
My grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease for 13 years. I spent time with her in times when she did not even talk anymore. When I was with her, we had one-way conversations and her only way to communicate was with her eyes. She inspired this intimate, clumsy and emotional relationship between Clemence and Nazig.
What was your biggest challenge in making your film?
The biggest challenge for this film was to shoot during the winter because of the cold and the snow. For example, for the long dolly in the alley, we had to shovel two feet of snow, on eighty feet of rails!
What was the best part of the experience for you?
The best part of my experience was the contact and the complicity that I developed with my actors, as well as the connection I had with my collaborators: Elise Bois (producer), Marianne Fortier (director of photography) and Marie-Pier Grignon (editor).
What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?
The best advice I can give is to trust your ideas and especially to trust your collaborators.
What’s next for you?
I recently received a scriptwriting grant from SODEC for a short fiction film. So I am currently working on the script for the upcoming application for a production grant in order to be able to shoot it.