Looking for a family picture the day before his move, a student is swept back to the night of his parents' separation, where he will try to put an end to a long-ignored fire.

  • Vladimir Chindea
  • Vladimir Chindea
  • Fabrice Rosier
  • Vladimir Chindea
  • Guillaume Landry
    Key Cast
  • Delano Miletti
    Key Cast
  • Pierre-Alexandre Fortin
    Key Cast
  • Julie Daoust
    Key Cast
  • Valérie Duchaine Perras
    First Assistant Director & Casting Director
  • Frédérick Pelletier
    Director of Photography
  • Iseult Savard Lévesque
    Production Designer
  • Nicolas Lebeau
    Sound mix & Design
  • Yao Wang (ICTUS AUDIO)
    Original Music
  • Ariane Levasseur
    Movement Director
  • Delphine Roy
    Wardrobe, Hair and Make-up Artist
  • Cristi Parpalita
  • Vladimir Chindea
  • Thomas D'Auteuil
  • Émile Roy
    Production Assistant
  • Zoran Dragelj
    Associate Producer
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    9 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 20, 2022
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    Yes - The University of British Columbia
Director Biography - Vladimir Chindea

Born in Medias (Romania) and raised in Montreal (Canada), Vladimir Chindea is an emerging director with experiences in many roles of the creative process (screenwriting, direction of photography, editing, and assistant directing). Prior to university, he led several projects that intersected art and social engagement, distinguished himself with his short film ‘Saudade’ and co-directed, with Émile Roy, the web-series ‘Mila’. He recently completed his undergraduate degree in philosophy and international relations at the University of British Columbia—where he also incorporated 360-degree videos into a course on international development. Vladimir collaborates with several artists and reflects on his struggle between his artistic fibre and his philosophical pursuits: seeking to harmonize, with this short film, various pieces of his identity.

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Director Statement

Stemming from my reflections on the separation of my parents and on the nature of time, I sought, with this essay, to express the power of art to revisit traumatic events, to give them novel meaning, and, ultimately, to reintegrate them with oneself. For instance, in pushing characters of diverse temporalities to converge in one place, I wanted to sow doubt as to the sequence and accuracy of the events. I did not only wish the audience to wonder: did the dance really happen or was it just the imagination of the child? But I tried to demonstrate a certain uniqueness and malleability of time. Using the visual motifs of shadows also helped me to suggest that there are things that we never really leave behind. Far from asserting that our identity is rigid, I am proposing that it can change, grow, and be illuminated by our creativity.