Sponsored by KQED
Directed by Martin Villeneuve
Starring: Caroline Dhavernas, Robert Lepage, Paul Ahmarani, Jacques Languirand
Fantasy, science fiction and romance combine in a visually astounding debut by artist and former Cirque du Soleil artistic director Martin Villeneuve, who has converted his eponymous graphic novel to the big screen and created an incredibly unique work. A millennium in the future, the lines between energy, music, dreams, time and reality are blurred—at least for renowned, aging musician Jacob Obus (Jacques Languirand), who enthralls audiences with unparalleled talent and quiet mystique. Jacob finds joy not in the women who adore him but in the instruments designed by Arthur Spaak (Paul Ahmarani) and built by Arthur’s philosophical father, Eugene (Robert Lepage), a recluse who straddles life and death as part man, part hologram. The confluence of the first human convoy from the moon to Mars and the arrival of irresistible photographer April (Caroline Dhavernas) leads to an unlikely love triangle in this sepia-toned world where cosmology, music and love intertwine—and reality may be what you make it.
Film Note Writer: Alexis Whitham