Winter

A filmic montage of the beauty and brutality of a degraded landscape and our own fragmented and transient existence within it, Winter unfolds through the female protagonist’s engagement with the land – a place both threatened and threatening. More Sisyphean than Nightingale she labours, travelling through forest and field gleaning for the future, or attempting survival in the present? Rupture and discontinuity unveil a sense of absurdity, and a nervousness of pitch that comes from living in an age of crisis. Will resilience will sustain her, or will ‘nature’, ultimately, will mend itself?

  • Patricia Coates
    Director
    Lucy Palustris
  • Patricia Coates
    Writer
    Lucy Palustris
  • Patricia Coates
    Producer
    Lucy Palustris
  • Patricia Coates
    Key Cast
    "Lucy Palustris (artist's alter-ego)"
    Lucy Palustris
  • David Charles
    Key Cast
    "the guest"
  • Mona Langille
    Key Cast
    "the old woman"
  • Project Type:
    Experimental
  • Runtime:
    39 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    Other
  • Shooting Format:
    4K Digital ScreeningFormat:2KDCP
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1(Scope
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Künstlerhaus Bethanien, solo exhibition, "The Madness and the Mess"
    Berlin
    Germany
    February 28, 2019
    European Premiere
  • Art Gallery of Windsor, "The Living River Project, Exhibition"
    Windsor
    Canada
    October 18, 2018
    North American Premiere
  • Druk International Film Festival (DIFF)
    Paro
    Bhutan
    October 19, 2019
    Asian Premiere
    Critic's Choice
  • Masters of Cinema
    Rome
    Italy
    June 7, 2022
    Best Eco Work
  • Golden Giraffe International Film Festival
    Nice
    France
    June 5, 2022
    Official Selection
  • TopShot International Film Festival
    Warsaw
    Poland
    November 30, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Rudis Festival
    Rome
    Italy
    December 19, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Eternal International Film Festival
    Florence
    Italy
    January 13, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Hercules Independent Film Festival
    Seville
    Spain
    January 14, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Geneve Awards International Film Festival
    Genève
    Switzerland
    January 20, 2023
    Best Experimental Film
  • Liber Films International Festival
    Athens
    January 22, 2023
    Best ECO Film, Official Selection
  • The Gladiator Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    March 17, 2023
    Best Experimental
  • Film Language International Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    April 18, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Serbest International Film Festival (SIFF)
    Kishinev
    Moldova, Republic of
    September 5, 2023
    Semi-Finalist, Experimental Film Category
  • Black Owl Festival
    Bodrum
    Turkey
    April 24, 2024
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Patricia Coates

Patricia Coates is a multi-disciplinary artist working in film, installation and performance who explores the beauty and brutality of a degraded landscape and our transient existence within it. A call for restitution plays out like a Sisyphean gesture. Fecundity and death, care and violence are set against each other to create a psychic tension within the character Lucy Palustris, the artist’s alter-ego. The work probes issues of the Anthropocene while creeping into the physiological landscape of the persona. Lucy, a solitary woman in the landscape or built environment, manifests a conflicted relationship with the living world. Is she an agency of care, a de-stabilizing force, or a menacing presence? Ultimately, the artist attempts to uncover something about who we are as she addresses the question: How have we come to this tipping point of crisis? Lucy’s efforts are deliberate, tenacious though perhaps quixotic. Is her role (or the role of art itself) a necessary resistance or a futile intervention? There is a bit of Lucy in all of us: our complicity and our resilience. A tragic-comedic tone permeates her actions and her costume: A subplot speaks to notions of gender, race and class. Costume performance and the film medium itself pokes fun at the stereotype of the middle-class white woman; more specifically, Hollywood film stereotypes. Lucy simultaneously clings to and subverts constructed notions of ‘norms’ that linger in her consciousness and, more generally, remain pervasive in today’ s society.
Coates has received numerous Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants to support her work which is shown internationally.

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Director Statement

To try to know or understand the world is futile. The writing of Camus is central: “That universal reason, practical or ethical, that determinism, those categories that explain everything are enough to make a decent man laugh.” Like Sisyphus, Lucy carries on.