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GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE
VIEWING REGION: On-site only
Geographies Of Solitude is an immersion into the rich ecosystem of Sable Island and the life of Zoe Lucas, a naturalist and environmentalist who has lived over 40 years on this remote sliver of land in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Shot on 16mm and created using a scope of innovative eco-friendly filmmaking techniques, this feature-length experimental documentary is a playful and reverent collaboration with an island and its caretaker. As the only full-time inhabitant, Zoe guides us among wild horses, seals and bugs, through peaks, valleys, roots, sands, weathers, seasons and stars. The intangible is evoked with hidden sounds and vanishing light. Much like a field book, the film tracks its protagonist’s labor to collect, clean and document marine litter that persistently washes up on the island shores.
2022 | Canada- Nova Scotia | 103 mins
Jacquelyn Mills, Director
Jacquelyn Mills is a filmmaker based in Montréal. Her works are immersive and sensorial, often exploring an intimate and lyrical connection to the natural world. Her most recent work Geographies of Solitude had its world premiere at the Berlinale Forum where it garnered three awards. This film was also awarded Grand Jury Prize at Jeonju International Film Festival as well as Best Canadian Feature Film and Best Emerging Director at Hot Docs 2022. Jacquelyn has worked as editor, sound designer and cinematographer for the National Film Board of Canada as well as many other internationally acclaimed films.