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Waiting for April

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True North | Future//Present

In a work of what its director Olivier Godin would label "artisanal cinema," Waiting for April is a resourceful and whimsical detective-comedy made with sweet simplicity and no shortage of charm or surprise. Detective Haffigan is on the case and hot on the trail of a mystical singing bone. He has a clue that an actor with the arm of a gorilla might be in on it. And then there’s also the cashier from the Bank of Permanent Fog. Make sense? Well, Godin skirts narrative convention in this playful mix of the theatrical and cinematic inspired by eccentric tales from Québécois musician-storyteller Michel Faubert. A unique and defiantly independent comic fantasy graced with free-flowing quirky dialogue and beautiful gestures of filmic artifice (a recurring motif of an in-camera iris effect will make cinephiles swoon), this off-the-wall film is full of colour, romance and formal pleasure. Waiting for April is a lovingly made expression of the joy of storytelling and how we can be caught off guard by the tenderness behind some of the strange encounters that await us—and the potentially transformative power of the strangers we meet.
Adam Cook

North American premiere
Director Olivier Godin
Country of Origin: Canada
Year: 2018
Running Time: 78 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In French with English subtitles
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Cast: Michel Faubert, Johanna Nutter, Étienne Pilon, Tatiana Zinga Botao
Producer: Olivier Godin, Renaud Després-Larose, Ana Tapia Rousiouk
Cinematographer: Renaud Després-Larose
Editor: Theodore Goodwin
Music: Michel Faubert, Philippe Battikha
Distributor: La Distributrice de Films


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