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.
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