A lonely fisherman befriends a body he discovers in a frozen lake. / Un pêcheur solitaire se lie d’amitié avec un cadavre qu’il découvre dans le lac gelé.

Antoine is a lonely old man who lives deep in the wood. One cold winter day, he goes fishing on the frozen lake, as usual. A corpse surfaces the cold water. Desperately in need of relationship, Antoine befriends the corpse and considers him as if it was his guest. Fiction becomes reality in this contemplative and nostalgic short film.

Montreal director Colin L. Racicot is one of the founder/partner of Cinestetique, a distribution and production label that aims to bring young and talented Canadian filmmakers on the international scene. Colin was also the co-director of the Concordia Film Festival 2011, where he and his collaborators have brought this edition to being the most successful one of the past 38 years.

L’invité is an ode to the force of nostalgia and nature. It was our main goal from the beginning. The cast and crew did its best to translate these emotions unto the screen. Daniel Pilon’s performance, in harmony with David-Alexandre Despres, provides to the inner nostalgia lived by the main character. The melancolical melody by Maxime Landry gives birth to a whole new level of mystery, as much as the work of Benoît Gauthier with the photography, which unifies all the other qualities of this film ; creating a ultimate state of peacefulness and ambiguity. I hope you all enjoy this contemplative short film I directed with love, care and passion.

– Director’s Statement

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