Director: Ian Lagarde

Canada, 2017, documentary, 9 minutes, spanish with lithuanian subtitles, N-16

Merce lives in Centro Habana, a modest yet extremely lively neighborhood of Havana, Cuba. She and her friends own the streets, where they kill time without an ounce of boredom. They dance and play night and day, seemingly carefree and masters of themselves. A tourist has left a game console at her place. The television's strong images and peculiar sounds hypnotize her, and she dances by herself on alien songs. Merce a girl who is ever-changing and her country at the dawn of radical change.

About the directors:

Film director, screenwriter and cinematographer Ian Lagarde studied film production at Concordia University in Canada. His filmography features American Savannah (2008), a TV documentary, and six short films featured in various international film festivals. He has also had an impressive career as a cinematographer with features such as the Berlinale‘s Silver Bear-winning Denis Côté‘s film Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (Vic + Flo ont vu un ours, 2013). 2017 saw the premiere of his first feature as director-writer All You Can Eat Buddha at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette is a producer, screenwriter and director who also studied at Concordia University in Canada. In 2009 Tougas-Fréchette co-founded Voyous Films and since then has co-produced a variety of music videos and short films. Merce is her third short film as a director.

Section: Canadian short film programme "Revelations"

Screenplay: Ian Lagarde, Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette

Dir. of Photography: Ian Lagarde

Cast: Merce