VÉRONIQUE À VÉLO
Film by Berny Hi and Chrystene Ells
Véronique sits in a gilded cage of romantic expectations, impatiently awaiting her chronically late date. Realizing that she has been stood up, she takes to her bicycle and embarks on a ride through a looking glass, where she encounters surreal characters and schisms in reality and time, and finally, while ‘à vélo’, undergoes a simple yet definitive transformation in consciousness.
Inspired primarily by the French New Wave films of Jean-Luc Godard, this film features several recognizable references to his unique directorial style and also pays homage to his contemporaries, including nods to François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and the comedic sound effect work of Jacques Tati. 10 minutes © 2011
~ Festival: mispon Film Festival
Saskatchewan, Canada | December 6th, 2014.
~ Broadcast: Access Television | Cinema Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan, Canada | Autumn, 2014.
~ Festival: Nuit Blanche Winnipeg | La maison des artistes visuels francophonea in St. Boniface
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | Saturday, September 26th, 2014. Distributed by Winnipeg Film Group.
~ Festival: Reel Rave Film Festival
Waskesiu, Saskatchewan, Canada | Prince Albert National Park. Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7th, 2014. Presented by the Mann Art Gallery.
~ Festival: Festival Cinergie
Broadway Art Fest et Lumières sur Broadway | Lights on Broadway in Saskatoon. Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th, 2014. Free outside street carnival 21H00.
~ Article: Splice Magazine: In the spirit of JLG: Notes on the Filmpool’s Godard Project
Véronique cycle continues, this time to newstands in a Winter 2012 edition.
Critical discourse By Dr. Christina Stojanova
~ Festival: Cinéfest Sudbury
Playing on the Silverscreen in Sudbury. Sunday, September 25th, 2011. Matinée at 2:30pm.
Secret tip: Co-director Berny Hi rode a bicycle to school in Sudbury.
~ Awarded: Independent Drama/Narrative
Astonished, Véronique graciously accepts the award from the Niagara Indie Filmfest.
~ Festival: Niagara Indie Filmfest
For the Ontario Premiere, Véronique has been selected to screen in St. Catherine’s at the David S. Howes, Theatre at Brock University, 500 Glendale Ave. on Saturday June 25th, 2011 at 7:00pm
~ Festival: Sled Island – Shorts on Bikes
Véronique turned about and is coming in for another pass in Calgary, Alberta at the Plaza Theatre on Wednesday June 22nd, 2011 at 6:20pm.
~ Awarded: Best of Craft, Best Medium Length Film, Golden Shorts [Best of Festival] Congratulations Véronique for taking home so many awards from Show Us Your Shorts!
~ Festival: Red Rover
First simultaneous screening! Véronique will make appearances at Emmedia in Calgary, Alberta and Paved Arts in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Thursday April 28th, 2011 at 7:00pm.
~ Nomination: Show Us Your Shorts
Véronique has a chance at riding away with an award in the following categories: craft, size category, and ‘The Golden Short’.
~ Festival: Show Us Your Shorts
Véronique is biking through Calgary, Alberta. Join filmmakers Chrystene Ells and Berny Hi at the Plaza Theatre on Saturday April 23rd, 2011 at 4:00pm.
~ Market: dvd and blu-ray discs
Beautifully screenprinted cases and handmade limited run cases for either lightscribe dvd or blu-ray discs will be made available mid June.
Film Festival screenings of Véronique à vélo
Nuit Blanche Winnipeg | La maison des artistes visuels francophonea in St. Boniface
F: Courts toujours! est un cycle de courts-métrages contemporains d’origine francophone, du canada et d’ailleurs, présenté dans le jardin de sculptures.
E: Courts toujours! is a program of contemporary French short films of local, national and international origins taking place in our sculpture garden.
8:00pm – 11:00pm, 219, boul Provencher, afmanitoba.ca
Bike-In Cinema: Accidental Destinations, TRUCK Gallery & Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Calgary, AB – June 2012
Reel Rave Film Festival, Prince Albert National Park, 2014
The Godard Project
Television screenings of Véronique à vélo
Access Television | Cinema Saskatchewan