GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE
MQ Hof 8
CA 2022, Documentary, 103 min., OV with english subtitles
Director: Jacquelyn Mills
Starring: Zoe Lucas
Camera: Jacquelyn Mills, Scott Moore
Editor: Jacquelyn Mills, Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
Sound: Andreas Mendritzki, Jacquelyne Mills
Producer: Rosalie Chicoine Perreault
Co-producer: Jacquelyn Mills
Two women on the lonely island "Sable Island" - a narrow strip of sand and grass in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, where hundreds of feral horses live: While conservationist Zoe Lucas has been living and researching here for decades, the island is still unknown to filmmaker Jacquelyn Mills. Animals, plants, water, washed-up garbage: Zoe collects, sorts, archives, draws, measures, and maps a wide variety of occurrences on Sable Island, tracing a place that, despite being fully graspable and documented, continues to elude her. On a cinematic search for traces between 16mm film, sand, horse hair and raging soundscape, Geographies of Solitude finds a way to let the island tell its own story and to carefully record various encounters: between the island and its inhabitants, film material and salt water, loneliness and closeness, the filmmaker and the researcher, between Zoe and Jacquelyn.
Jacquelyn Mills is a filmmaker based in Montréal. Her work is immersive and sensory, often dealing with a healing connection to nature. Her award-winning documentary In the Waves (2017) premiered at Visions du Réel. Her most recent work to date, Geographies of Solitude (2022), premiered at the Berlinale Forum with three awards and has since received over 20 awards, including Best Canadian Feature Film at Hot Docs and Outstanding Artistry in Filmmaking from the Smithsonian in Washington. Mills is a Sundance Doc Fund Alumni, an IDA Documentary Award and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. She has also worked as an editor, sound designer and cinematographer on many internationally acclaimed films.