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Richelieu

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Working as a French-to-Spanish interpreter at a corn plant in the Richelieu Valley Quebec, Ariane (Ariane Castellanos) befriends Manuel (Marc-Andre Grondin), a migrant worker who’s left a family behind in Guatemala in search of better pay. Ariane begins to witness the abuse felt by the Spanish-speaking labourers. She’s forced to choose between turning a blind eye to protect her own job and standing up for the humanity of her fellow workers. Drawing from neo-realist traditions, beautifully photographed and elegantly constructed, Richelieu paints an undeniable portrait of a crisis unfolding across North America. Director Pier-Philippe Chevigny avoids didacticism and delivers an assured, emotionally resonant first feature which announces the arrival of a new Canadian talent.

 

September 29 & 30: Q&A with director Pier-Philippe Chevigny

 

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Director
Cast

Ariane Castellanos, Marc-André Grondin, Nelson Coronado, Eve Duranceau, Luis Oliva

Credits
Country of Origin

Canada/France/Guatemala

Year

2023

Series

Northern Lights

Language

In French and Spanish with English subtitles

Film Contact
Content Warning

Depictions of Racism, Coarse Language, Violence, Crude Content

PG
97 min
Drama Human Rights & Social Justice

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Credits

Producer

Geneviève Gosselin-G. Milena Poylo, Gilles Sacuto, Alice Bloch, Jean-Francois Bigot, Camille Raulo

Screenwriter

Pier-Philippe Chevigny

Cinematography

Gabriel Brault Tardif

Editor

Amelie Labreche

Production Design

Yola Van Leeuwenkamp

Director

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Pier-Philippe Chevigny

Pier-Philippe Chevigny is a filmmaker from Montreal, Quebec. His films combine contemporary sociopolitical subject-matter with a distinct visual style. In 2019, his short film Rebel received worldwide attention: after premiering at TIFF, it went on to screen at over 140 festivals. Pier-Philippe is currently working on a second feature co-written with Chloe Robichaud.

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