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Sum of Unknowns

Two ghosts dance to fertility.

  • Ian Lagarde
    All You Can Eat Bouddha (2017, feature), Daybreak (2013. short), ...
  • Ian Lagarde
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinéma et Ian Lagarde
  • Alexia Martel
    Key Cast
  • Alexis Lefebvre
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La somme des inconnues
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    dance, ghost, Experimental, surrealism, surrealist, fantasy, horror
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
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  • Festival du nouveau cinéma
Distribution Information
  • Alteraciones 2018
    Country: Spain
Director Biography - Ian Lagarde

Ian Lagarde grew up on film sets as a child actor, but made an early transition to photography and screenwriting.

After majoring in film production at Concordia University in Montreal, he wrote and directed American Savannah, a feature-length documentary about America's strange obsession with lush green lawns. The movie opened The Nature Of Things' summer season two years in a row and won a special jury prize at RIDM 2008.

He then went on to write and direct six short fiction films which hit the international film festival circuit: Voeux Pieux, Board, Solar Wind (Best direction prize "Regard sur le court-métrage au Saguenay" 2012), Daybreak (Best narrative short Film at Slamdance 2014), Tentacules 8 (best international short at the Tubigen/Stuttgart french film festival 2015) and Grimaces(2016), which won four prizes at RVCQ 2017.

He also worked as a cinematographer on numerous ads, music videos, shorts, features and tv series. In 2012, he was Denis Côté's cinematographer for Vic+Flo saw a bear (Alfred Bauer Silver bear at the 63rd Berlinale 2013).

In the summer of 2015, he shot two seasons of Blue Moon(Yves-Christian Fournier, 2015) and in 2016, the first season of Fatale Station (Rafaël Ouellet, 2016). Production just wrapped on Les Chaouins (Yan Giroux, 2018), a feature film produced by Micro_scope.

All You Can Eat Buddha, his first feature as a writer-director, has been shot in Cuba and had its world premiere at TIFF 2017. The film has won the Borsos Best Feature and Best Director awards at the Whistler Film Festival 2017, as well as the Gilles Carle Prize for best first or second feature at the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois 2018.

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Director Statement

The Sum of Unknowns was made with a visceral desire for visual and narrative freedom. It is a dance of ghosts who are beyond waiting. They are at the most basic level of existence; perpetual curiosity and constant fascination.