Lepage au Soleil: At the Origins of Kanata

(orig. Lepage au Soleil: At the Origins of Kanata)

  • Lepage au Soleil: At the Origins of Kanata

German PremiereCanada 2019Language:French, EnglishSubtitles:EnglishDirector:Hélène ChoquetteWriter:Hélène Choquette, Sophie MangadoCinematographer:Yoan CartEditor:Mélanie ChicoineMusic:Anthony RozankovicSound:Daniel ToussaintProducer:Anne-Marie GélinasProduction Company:EMAfilms Inc.Distributor:Filmoption International90 min, Colour

For the first time in the history of Théâtre du Soleil, Ariane Mnouchkine entrusts her legendary theatre to a guest director, the Canadian Robert Lepage. With 36 actors from 11 different countries, he embarks on the creation of Kanata, a theatrical reimagination of Canada’s colonial past. In 2018, Lepage is caught in the crossfire of criticism for the representation of the First Nations without the direct participation of the indigenous community; the project is cancelled. Choquette documents Lepage’s research and creation process. Without taking sides, the filmmaker draws our attention to highly topical debates about identity, appropriation, artistic freedom, and the role of theatre today.

Director's Biography:After completing a B.A. in communications at UQUAM (Université du Québec à Montréal), Hélène Choquette worked as photographer and camerawoman. She started directing in 2003. Her sociocritical documentaries won multiple awards in and outside of Canada.