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INVINCIBLE - ACADEMY AWARDS® NOMINATION - BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Written &Directed by Vincent René-Lortie

Produced by Samuel Caron & Élise Lardinois

International Sales & Distribution by H264 Distribution

In an ode to the memory of his childhood friend, Director Vincent René-Lortie delicately depicts the tale of a young man dealing with self-destructive impulses whilst still yearning for his freedom. 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Vincent René-Lortie is a Canadian film director and screenwriter known for his grounded, dreamlike narratives. His work is a testament to purposeful and deeply personal storytelling, intended to make his audience reflect on themes such as mental health and childhood. He is a graduate of Montreal’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, and is a member of the Young Guns ’20 class, an award ceremony dedicated to creatives under 30 from across the globe. INVINCIBLE (2022), his debut narrative short, has garnered several international accolades since it has been rewarded at Clermont-Ferrand. Most recently, Vincent has been focusing on bringing to life the experimental film LA PEAU DE L'AUTRE (2023), currently in post-production, and is developing his first feature film, YOU WERE ALWAYS AN ISLAND.

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

On July 5th, 2008, I learned that my best friend Marc-Antoine Bernier had tragically died at the age of 14 after driving a stolen car into a river. I will never forget the overwhelming feelings of sadness and incomprehension I felt that day. Feelings that have followed me ever since.

Marc and I were the same age, we had the same friends and went to the same school. But suddenly, everything changed. Over the course of a year, Marc went from being a bright, curious, loving boy to an angry and troubled young man. This person with whom I once shared an immense connection and friendship had become totally unrecognizable to me and those close to him.

Invincible is the end of a long and complex chapter in my life. Marc’s death raised many complicated questions to which I didn’t yet have the answers. But, through making this film, I found a way to dive into that dark, tragic abyss in order to better understand my friend and the decisions that led up to his death. I learned more about Marc and, more broadly, mental health and behavioral issues that many teenagers face daily.

I hope this film will raise more questions and draw awareness to the incomprehension that is still very strong in our society towards teenage mental health. Becoming aware of these stories and opening dialogues may help us prevent events like Marc’s.

FESTIVALS AND DISTINCTIONS

QUÉBEC CINÉMA GALA, 2023 *BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM* Festival REGARD, 2023 *GRAND JURY PRIZE

Chicago Children’s Film Festival, 2022 *BEST FICTION SHORT FILM — Oscar-Qualifying

International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand, 2023 *SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL JURY AWARD

Cinema on the Bayou, 2023 *SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – FICTION SHORT FILM

Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma, 2023 *BEST FICTION SHORT FILM AWARD

Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, 2022 *CINEMATIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Brussels Short Film Festival, 2023 *BEST PERFORMANCE – LÉOKIM BEAUMIER-LÉPINE

Gala Prends Ça Court!, 2023 *MELS SHORT FILM CUP *UNION DES ARTISTES AWARD – MALE PERFORMANCE TO LÉOKIM BEAUMIER-LÉPINE *CINELUME AWARD *METAFILMS AWARD *OBJECTIF 9 AWARD *COLONELLE FILMS AWARD – CINEMATOGRAPHY

Formentera Film Festival, 2023 *SPECIAL MENTION

Valencia International Film Festival – Cinema Jove, 2023 *AUDIENCE AWARD – BEST SHORT FILM

Curtas Vila do Conde, 2023 *MY GENERATION AWARD

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    Vincent René-Lortie
    2022

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