Mars & Avril

(2012, 90 mins, DCP)
CAST Jacques Languirand, Caroline Dhavemas, Paul Ahmarani, Robert Lepage

Produced by Robert Lepage (who also costars - from the head up - as cosmologist and inventor Eugene Spaak), this stunning Quebec scifi is an eye-popping debut feature from graphic novelist and Cirque du Soleil alumnus Martin Villeneuve.

Set in a futuristic Montreal, with man on the eve of setting foot on Mars, the film is a love triangle involving a beautiful photographer, Avril (Caroline Dhavemas), a musician, Jacob (Jacques Languirand), and his friend Arthur (Paul Ahmarani) whose original instruments are inspired by the female form.

Proof that scifi doesn’t have to be about clone wars, Mars et Avril is more concerned with music, love, and philosophy than rocket guns. But it also packs a sly wit - as well as extraordinary production design by the Belgian artist Francois Schuiten (The Golden Compass; Mr Nobody). With music by Benoit Charest (The Triplets of Belleville).

"Mars et Avril is a mind muck. It’s whacked. It also happens to be one of the most inspired films I’ve seen in quite some time." Brendan Kelly, Montreal Gazette