IMPETUS

by Jennifer Alleyn
IMPETUS - IMPETUS

Informations

Nation: Canada

Year: 2018

Length: 94'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

Section:

Synopsis

After getting her heart broken, a filmmaker wonders about the nature of movement. As she writes a movie based on her life, she keeps on dealing with unexpected events that change her mind about it. After hiring an actor for the main role, he leaves her project in Montreal and moves to New York… She is forced to rewrite the screenplay when she meets a new person who drastically changes things, bringing new developments and altering the tone of the movie.

Director

Jennifer Alleyn

Jennifer Alleyn

Jennifer Alleyn (Switzerland, 1969) is a filmmaker and photographer who works and lives in Montreal. She majored in film at Concordia University in 1991 and she traveled the world in 1992 for the television show La course destination monde, making twenty-six documentaries in just as many weeks. She made her debut in cinema and fiction in 1996 with the segment Aurore et Crépuscule from the collective film Cosmos, which was presented at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes. Her following shorts Le regard de Delphine (2000) and Svanok (2005) received awards from the Festival of Soleure in Switzerland and the Short Fiction Award in New York.
Her documentaries L’atelier de mon père – My Father’s Studio (2008) and Dix fois Dix (2010) respectively paid tribute to the artists Edmund Alleyn and Otto Dix; both films participated in Montreal’s International Festival of Films on Art. In 2011, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts exhibited an installation that she created with the writer Nancy Huston. She also presented a selection of her work in Switzerland in 2016.

Filmography:
Cosmos (coregisti/codirectors Denis Villeneuve, André Turpin, Manon Briand, Marie-Julie Dallaire, Arto Paragamian, ep. Aurore et Crépuscule, cm, 1996), Le regard de Delphine (doc., 2000), Imaginer le rien (doc., cm, 2001), Les Rossy (doc., cm, 2002), Svanok (cm, 2005), La vie imaginée de Jacques Monory (doc., cm, 2006), L’atelier de mon père (doc., mm, 2008), Dix fois Dix (doc., mcm, 2011), A Few Lost Words (cm, 2013), La terre nous est étroite (doc., cm, 2014), Respondere (doc., cm, 2016), Impetus (doc., 2018).   

Cast and Credits

regia, produzione/director, producer
Jennifer Alleyn
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Jennifer Alleyn, con la collaborazione di/with the collaboration of Denis Lavalou
fotografia/cinematography
Jennifer Alleyn, Étienne Boilard
montaggio/film editing
Emma Bertin
scenografia/production design
Marie-Hélène Lavoie
costumi/costume design
Sohpie Lefebvre, Caroline Bodson
musica/music
Edouard Ferlet
suono/sound
Bruno Pucella, Martyne Morin, Laurent Bédard
interpreti/cast
Pascale Bussières, Emmanuel Schwartz, Jorn Reissner, Esfyr Dyachkov

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contatti/contacts
La Distributrice de Films
Serge Abiaad
[email protected]

www.ladistributrice.ca

Director statement

“Whether I’m working with fiction or documentaries, I always start by searching for an image. Here I gambled over mixing fiction and cinéma-vérité, which I also did by inserting moments from set and location searches. I wanted to introduce real life into the movie. To the point of losing track of where the film ends and reality begins. I started with a very loose subject, putting actors in real situations and letting them improvise with people in the streets of New York. The movie turned into magic. It presented me with surprises and moments of grace. I wanted to shoot a film that reflected the gravity of existence with the freshness of life.”

Synopsis Learn more

After getting her heart broken, a filmmaker wonders about the nature of movement. As she writes a movie based on her life, she keeps on dealing with unexpected events that change her mind about it. After hiring an actor for the main role, he leaves her project in Montreal and moves to New York… She is forced to rewrite the screenplay when she meets a new person who drastically changes things, bringing new developments and altering the tone of the movie.

Director All about direction

Jennifer Alleyn

Jennifer Alleyn

Jennifer Alleyn (Switzerland, 1969) is a filmmaker and photographer who works and lives in Montreal. She majored in film at Concordia University in 1991 and she traveled the world in 1992 for the television show La course destination monde, making twenty-six documentaries in just as many weeks. She made her debut in cinema and fiction in 1996 with the segment Aurore et Crépuscule from the collective film Cosmos, which was presented at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes. Her following shorts Le regard de Delphine (2000) and Svanok (2005) received awards from the Festival of Soleure in Switzerland and the Short Fiction Award in New York.
Her documentaries L’atelier de mon père – My Father’s Studio (2008) and Dix fois Dix (2010) respectively paid tribute to the artists Edmund Alleyn and Otto Dix; both films participated in Montreal’s International Festival of Films on Art. In 2011, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts exhibited an installation that she created with the writer Nancy Huston. She also presented a selection of her work in Switzerland in 2016.

Filmography:
Cosmos (coregisti/codirectors Denis Villeneuve, André Turpin, Manon Briand, Marie-Julie Dallaire, Arto Paragamian, ep. Aurore et Crépuscule, cm, 1996), Le regard de Delphine (doc., 2000), Imaginer le rien (doc., cm, 2001), Les Rossy (doc., cm, 2002), Svanok (cm, 2005), La vie imaginée de Jacques Monory (doc., cm, 2006), L’atelier de mon père (doc., mm, 2008), Dix fois Dix (doc., mcm, 2011), A Few Lost Words (cm, 2013), La terre nous est étroite (doc., cm, 2014), Respondere (doc., cm, 2016), Impetus (doc., 2018).   

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, produzione/director, producer
Jennifer Alleyn
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Jennifer Alleyn, con la collaborazione di/with the collaboration of Denis Lavalou
fotografia/cinematography
Jennifer Alleyn, Étienne Boilard
montaggio/film editing
Emma Bertin
scenografia/production design
Marie-Hélène Lavoie
costumi/costume design
Sohpie Lefebvre, Caroline Bodson
musica/music
Edouard Ferlet
suono/sound
Bruno Pucella, Martyne Morin, Laurent Bédard
interpreti/cast
Pascale Bussières, Emmanuel Schwartz, Jorn Reissner, Esfyr Dyachkov

**
contatti/contacts
La Distributrice de Films
Serge Abiaad
[email protected]

www.ladistributrice.ca

Director statement Read more

“Whether I’m working with fiction or documentaries, I always start by searching for an image. Here I gambled over mixing fiction and cinéma-vérité, which I also did by inserting moments from set and location searches. I wanted to introduce real life into the movie. To the point of losing track of where the film ends and reality begins. I started with a very loose subject, putting actors in real situations and letting them improvise with people in the streets of New York. The movie turned into magic. It presented me with surprises and moments of grace. I wanted to shoot a film that reflected the gravity of existence with the freshness of life.”