Prayer for a Lost Mitten

Available until June 24 - Includes Q&A

No Longer Available

Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Canada
Urban Culture & Issues
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jean-François Lesage
Producer(s):Jean-François Lesage
Editor(s):Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
Ariane Pétel-Despots
Writer(s):Jean-François Lesage
Cinematography:Marianne Ploska
Composer:Tom Brunt
Sound:Marie-Pierre Grenier
Olivier Germain
Marie-Andrée Cormier


Winner—Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award

Lost and found items collected at the Montreal Metro—glasses, toques, gloves, wallets—patiently await their forgetful owners. A wide cross-section of transit users desperately describe their missing possession and look through bins with a hopeful gaze. Elegantly framing black-and-white images in the depths of dark and snowy winter nights, director Jean-François Lesage assembles a mesmerizing city symphony set against a clarinet-led jazz soundtrack. The familiar hustle of a major metropolis is hushed and the anonymity that keeps us separated melts like a snowflake, as strangers reveal their humanity and joyfully reunite with beloved items. This beautifully observed meditation on the nature of loss and memory brings together an eclectic range of subjects from all walks of life. The intimacy of their recollections and the respect with which they’re treated turns the mundane subject matter and deceptively simple premise into something transcendent. Alexander Rogalski

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

Co-presented with Alliance Française de Toronto

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