Country
Festivals
Duration
87
Location
Year
2013

Diego Star

Shimmering Beasts

Title - original
Diego Star
Date and time
Synopsis

Denis Villeneuve, Xavier Dolan and Denis Côté have been putting Quebecois cinema on the world map in the current decade; Frédérick Pelletier is the next name to drop. Now 42, he’s from Lévis on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, opposite Quebec City; the mighty seaway is the backdrop for his compelling and superbly observed feature debut. Truly Loachian in its commitment to chronicling the lives of ordinary working people, the award-winning, internationally-screened film takes its title from a rusty cargo-ship stuck in the St Lawrence for repairs. Originally from the Ivory Coast, mechanic Traoré (Issaka Sawadogo) is unjustly accused of dangerous incompetence; thousands of miles from friends and family, his connection with local single-mother Fanny (Chloé Bourgeois) helps him fight the good fight. A stirring and surprising work of hard-won humanism that finds warmth and humour in bleak circumstances.