Closeup: Trotteur

Poster for Trotteur

Buy tickets for our April 13 screening

I was fortunate to see Francis Leclerc and Arnaud Brisebois’ short film Trotteur back in January at the Canada’s Top Ten screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox, and knew I had to share it with our Shorts That Are Not Pants audience. Arnaud Brisebois has worked doing visual effects for films such as 300 and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. For his first film as director, he asked his friend, veteran film and television director Francis Leclerc to act as his mentor and I think you’ll agree that the results are stunning.

The story of an unusual young man, a bit of an outcast, really, who finds his unique gift and pushes himself to the very limits of endurance. He has something to prove to those around him, and in Trotteur you feel every moment. It’s unusual for a film so short and without dialogue to feel so epic right from the very first frame. And it’s also unusual for a filmmaker so well-known for “effects” to craft a story that has such real feeling for its main character. I dare say you’ll not only be impressed, but moved.

The film was recently recognized in the province of Québec, winning the Jutra award for Best Short Film. Today, it was announced that it will be screening at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The festival runs from April 18-29, which means that we’ll be showing it before them!

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