La Distributrice de films and Chasseurs films are pleased to announce the theatrical release of Symphony in Aquamarine, by filmmaker Dan Popa, which explores our connection with the sea, where poetry and daydreams merge. Acclaimed during the last edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), the film received the Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature and the Best New Talent From Québec/Canada award. Symphony in Aquamarine will open in Montreal on September 20 at the Cinémathèque québécoise and on September 28 at Cinéma Moderne.
The movie will also be presented at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) on September 27 and 29.
Symphony in Aquamarine is a sensory and haptic exploration of our relationship to water, the sea and the ocean. Filmed on four continents, Dan Popa is a spectral observer of the lives of sea workers, modern fishermen, but also everyday people rubbing shoulders at the beaches, or scanning the horizon. Symphony in Aquamarine is a tribute to life and the indomitable desire to belong to the world, a poem in 4 acts with a maritime backdrop and traditional music that invites the viewer to travel along, not as an observer, but as a witness to the camaraderie, or the solitude that binds people together.
Partitions for Aquamarine – exhibition – from September 13 to November 3rd at the Cinémathèque québécoise
Dan Popa offers you an intimate look at the relationship of man to his aquatic environment. In synchrony with the theatrical release, on September 20, of the feature Symphony in Aquamarine, the installation offers an expanded showcase and exceeds the cinematic framework. Mixing panoramic projections, artifacts and photographs taken during the four years of filming, the exhibition plunges the viewer into the deep tones of the maritime landscape.
This exhibition benefited from the collaboration of the Canada Council for the Arts and Post-Moderne.
About the filmmaker
A Montrealer of Romanian origins, director Dan Popa graduated in film production at Concordia University and works in film and design. In 2006, with his colleague Robert Reis, he created the collective Natali film. In his work, we find a new exploration, as much in the narrative form as in the treatment of the image. Always seeking to create contemporary cinema, he works in multiple new media languages. Symphony in Aquamarine (2018), his first feature film, continues the poetic exploration of human nature facing its world in transition.
SYMPHONY IN AQUAMARINE
Documentary written and directed by par Dan Popa
Quebec/Canada, 2018, 78 minutes.
In its original French, English and Romanian version with English and French subtitles.
Cinematography: Dan Popa | Editing: Dan Popa | Sound: Benoît Dame | Original music: Les soeurs Osianiu | Production: Laurent Allaire (Chasseurs films) | Distribution: La Distributrice de films