“Follow me, I'll take you to see them all”, a woman’s voice says. She is referring to the Saint Lawrence River and its thousands of islands – real and dreamt. “I'm a capricious guide”, she warns the man, her counterpart. With their dialogue in voice-over, Archipel expands into a semi-fictional odyssey through filmmaker Félix Dufour-Laperrière's native province: Quebec, captured in a composition of surprising, creative animation using a wide range of techniques and a partly invented documentary.

At the same time, this true fiction is also a philosophical essay on the question of what makes a piece of land into a region, a community. Does this come into being only when we put it into words, tell its stories? A multifaceted whole is created, made up of poetic musings, old documentary images, contemporary impressions, work and play, as well as recollections of struggle and pain. Inventiveness is shown from the start: the animated silhouette of our guide fills up with a landscape. Seeing as adventure.

Director
Félix Dufour-Laperrière
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Canada
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
72'
Medium
DCP
International title
Archipelago
Language
French
Producers
Félix Dufour-Laperrière, Nicolas Dufour-Laperrière
Production Company
Embuscade Films
Sales
La Distributrice de Films
Screenplay
Félix Dufour-Laperrière
Cinematography
Félix Dufour-Laperrière
Editor
Félix Dufour-Laperrière
Website
http://www.ladistributrice.ca/catalogue-films/archipel