November, 1976. As QuÃ©bec strides boldly towards independence, a supernatural vision of tragedy inspires a deaf-mute QuÃ©bÃ©coise Catholic nun to save the city of Winnipeg from committing mass suicide. Arriving just in time to find Winnipegâs polio-stricken mayor leading the citizens into self-destructive hysteria, the Holy Sister must prepare the way to salvation by filling the cityâs troubled heart with the radiant electricity of QuÃ©bec sovereigntist leader, RenÃ© LÃ©vesque.Mixing historical iconographies with abstract surrealism, Hydro-LÃ©vesque is a message of incandescent QuÃ©bec nationalist love, wafting across Winnipegâs denigrated icefields in smoke. Winner of the 2008 Special Jury Prize at the WNDX Festival of Film & Video Art and Festival De CinÃ©ma Des Trois AmÃ©riques, Hydro-LÃ©vesqueâs startling formalism was created by manipulating the celluloid emulsion with Berg toners, Javex bleach, spray paint, a hole-puncher, burning cigarettes and human urine.
Alek Rzeszowski, Patrick Keenan
Maude Payette, Rob Vilar, Jean-Marc HachÃ©, Nick Hill, Alek Rzeszowski