CETTE MAISON / This House
MQ Hof 8
CA 2022, Fiction-Essay, 75 min., OV with english subtitles
Director: Miryam Charles
Starring: Schelby Jean-Baptiste, Florence Blain Mbaye, Eve Duranceau, Mireille Metéllus, Matthew Rankin, Yardly Kavanagh, Nadine Jean, Tracy Marcelin
Camera: Isabelle Stachtchenko
Sound: Gordon Neil Allen
Editor: Xi Feng
Music: Romain Camiolo
Production Design: Georges Michael Fanfan, Annick Marion
Production: Embuscade Films
Tessa, a teenager, is dead. What looks like a suicide turns out to be a murder, based on a true incident. For her mother and cousin, the loss of Tessa has left a deep wound. Their grief and the violence of having a loved one ripped from their lives takes them from the present to the past and future in their reflections. Haiti merges with the United States. Uprooting, loss, and anger over the trauma of colonization manifest in dreamed journeys. As a ghost, Tessa attends her own funeral, has conversations with her mother, and relives phases of her unlived life - as a rebellion against death, accompanied by the living's desire for reunification and reparation.
From Haitian descent, Miryam Charles is a Montreal based Canadian filmmaker. She studied cinema at Concordia University and has worked as a director, producer, writer, and cinematographer. Her short films include Fly, Fly Sadness (2015), Towards the Colonies (2016), A Fortress (2018), and Three Atlas (2018). Her works have been screened at various film festivals around the world. CETTE MAISON (2022) is her first feature film as a director. Charle’s work explores themes related to exile and the legacies of colonization.