The Truss Arch

Poster design Marie-Douce St-Jacques and Marie Tourigny

Canada (Québec) / 2021 / 35 min / o.v. English with French subtitles

The medium-length 2021 Canada (Quebec) s.t. English | 35 min

Experimental Arts | Family | Portrait

In filmmaker Sonya Stefan’s hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, a truss arch bridge straddles the St. Marys River, linking Canada to the United States. But underneath the bridge, a kind of liminal space exists where the notion of borders is blurred. With a wild yet carefully controlled energy, this deconstructed work transports us to the curious site where, it seems, anything is possible. Somewhere between an autobiographical piece, a heartfelt tribute to an immigrant mother whose fate is out of her hands, and a dance film rich in poetry and symbolism, this ode to freedom bubbles with reflections and experimentations – all set against the imposing backdrop of factory chimneys.

Réalisation : Sonya Stefan
Direction photo /DoP: Olivier Gossot (16mm film)
Archive Footage: Salvatore Stefan and Sonya Stefan
Son/Sound : Kurt Waizmann
Montage/Editing : Sonya Stefan    
Musique/Music: Jackie Gallant
Production : Sonya Stefan 
Distribution: La Distributrice de films

Prizes: RIDM
2021 BEST NATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM-LENGTH FILM presented by Télé-Québec and SLA Location

“For the playful energy with which it shakes off all restraints; for the power of a daughter’s questioning about aging, identity and freedom; and for the fearlessness at its core that reminds us to find joy within our bodies.”

The jury for the short and medium-length competitions was composed of Mira Burt-Wintonick (filmmaker and radio producer), Halima Elkhatabi (director of short films and documentary podcasts), and Oksana Karpovych, (screenwriter, filmmaker and photographer).

RVCQ
2022 MEILLEURE OEUVRE D’ART ET EXPÉRIMENTATION Présenté par PRIM

Jury : Sarianne Cormier, réalisatrice et comédienne – Omar Elhamy, réalisateur et monteur –
Ariane Louis-Seize, scénariste et réalisatrice

Gala Cinema QUEBEC 2022
Nomination for MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE | DOCUMENTAIRE