ALEXANDRE THE FOOL
CANADA 65 MIN, 2019
Fifteen years after a psychotic event on the South China Sea flipped his life upside down, Alex, a sensitive, refined and schizophrenic man is at a crossroads. His grand-mother and confidante, who would like to die with peace of mind, insists that he tries to find a girlfriend. His encounter with a young psychotic woman gives birth to an ardently passionate relationship, making him slowly drift away from his usual emotional boundaries. While the South China Sea’s troubled waters well up in his mind, he gradually isolates himself, in danger of being swallowed by paranoia’s unfathomable abyss. An intimate odyssey, at once troubling and sublime.
After collaborating with François Girard and Robert Lepage, 1998 Emmy Award winner Pedro Pires directed the short films Danse Macabre (2008) which won 43 awards internationally, and HOPE (2010), which won a Telefilm Canada prize for Outstanding Canadian Short. In 2012, he partnered with Lepage to co-direct the feature Triptych. The film received a Honorable mention of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlinale International Film Festival. In 2019, his company released the documentary Alexandre le fou for which he acted as Producer, Writer and Director. The film won Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards and was also nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Film.
- Canadian Screen Awards
- Le Gala Quebec Cinema
DOKer 2020 — Main Competition
The screening is supported by the Embassy of Canada in Russia