GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE
Documentary | Running Time: 103 minutes
2022 / English dialogue
Country: CanadaDirected by: Jacquelyn Mills
Director, editor, sound designer and cinematographer based in Montréal. Her award-winning documentary “In the Waves” (2017) premiered at Visions du Réel and was theatrically released at TIFF’s Cinematheque. Geographies of Solitude (2022) had its world premiere at the Berlinale Forum, where it garnered three awards.
ProducerJacquelyn Mills, Rosalie Chicoine Perreault
Zoe Lucas was an art student when she first hitched a ride with a journalist to isolated Sable Island, a crescent of sand and grasses off the coast of Nova Scotia, in 1971. Later she returned as a volunteer with a seal research project and never left, devoting her life to recording data on the island’s 500 wild horses, shifting sands and creeping scourge of microplastics in the soil and animal dung she analyses. Artist Jacqueline Mills uses special microphones to amplify the musical clatter of insects’ feet, developing a musical score of the island’s sounds while filming the island and its sole resident with film developed with naturally made emulsion; like Lucas, she treads lightly here. Lucas herself is a witty guide, her observations an essential bridge to our understanding of her work, but the film’s core subject is the poetry of this wonderful, windswept place.