Geographies of Solitude
Jacquelyn MILLS Canada 103 mins PG (Some Disturbing Scenes) Southeast Asian Premiere
A timeless portrait of Sable Island through a poetic immersion into its ecosystem.
On the remote Sable Island off Nova Scotia, naturalist and environmentalist Zoe Lucas has spent a lifetime meticulously documenting the island’s changes. Lucas is the devoted custodian to her chosen home where she has lived for over 40 years, amassing a staggering collection of taxidermy creatures and catalogues of marine litter.
Shot on 16mm and incorporating eco-friendly filmmaking techniques, this playful experimentation chronicles an island’s ecological marvels such as its wild horses, seal colonies and starry landscapes. The pattering of insects produces a melodic tune, while seaweed becomes material for film processing. Reminiscent of a languid hike, this film is a reflective journey that refreshes the soul.
Jacquelyn MILLS is a Montreal-based filmmaker from Cape Breton Island, whose works often explore our intimate connection to the natural world. Her previous documentary In the Waves (2017) premiered at Visions du Réel and won Best Feature Documentary at the Atlantic International Film Festival. Geographies of Solitude premiered at the Berlinale.