Etienne Desrosiers
Etienne Desrosiers
MY LIFE STORY

Productor
Filmmaker
Curator

Etienne Desrosiers studied Film in Montreal. Since 1995, he has directed numerous short films broadcasted on television and screened worldwide, notably at the Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris) Huesca and Seattle. They include “Portrait of the Artist as his Muse” (2005); “Mirrors” with Xavier Dolan (2007) and “Erotography” (2002). As media arts curator, he programmed events in a variety of international venues, notably at the Australian Film and Television Institute, London’s Lux Centre and Berlin’s Urban Drift. Once upon a time, he organized the first situationist films retrospective in North America. Photographer for the Eastern Townships Film and Television Commission, he has written for the National Film Board of Canada, artists’ exhibition catalogs and literary magazines, as well as scouting locations for Todd Haynes and John Maybury.

TIMELINE
2016
Roger D'Astous

Roger D’Astous is one of the most important Canadian Architect of the twentieth century. A student of Frank Lloyd Wright, he worked all his life to create a nordic architecture. Once a starchitect of the sixties, this flamboyant artist then fell from grace before rising again at the dawn of the century. Along with his pavilions at Expo 67 and the Athletes Housing Complex for the 1976 Olympic Games, his residences are sensual vessels and his churches sumptuous spaceships. For the first time on-screen, this film embarks on a journey throughout the exceptional projects of Roger D’Astous. An epic journey with a modern architecture giant, and a frenetic praise for dreaming a better built environment in our post-global era.

2012
Nexte Haltestelle

Canada-Germany, Experimental Documentary, HD, 29 minutes

In Dresden, Germany, a young woman receives mysterious letters written by her grandmother’s ghost. She goes to find her with a little help from a witchy artist woman. It triggers a journey throughout the city and Germany’s History, interlacing its resurrected mementos and future souvenirs until the two meet.

2011
Steam is Steam

Canada, Fiction, 35mm, 11 minutes

Montreal 1952, teenager Samuel brings his friend Julien to the neighbourhood steam bath for his weekly routine with Dad. Julien’s first time will be a day to remember.

Best film: Brescello Film Festival, Italy
Best actor: Jake McLeod, Novara Film Festival, Italy
Best film for youth: Reggio Film Festival, Italy
Best film for youth: Tucson Out in the Desert Film Festival, USA

2007
Mirrors

Canada, Fiction, 35mm, 14 minutes

Julien’s holiday at the family cottage gets a twist when a mysterious neighbor confuses him.
A summertime coming-of-age drama.

Best artistic direction: Brescia Film Brescia, Italy
Honorable Mention: Black Maria Film Festival, Jersey City, USA

2005
Portrait

Canada, Documentary, 35mm, 9 minutes

Essay on acclaimed Canadian photographer George Steeves and his dramatic model Astrid Brunner. In the sumptuous Nova-Scotia landscapes a witty dialogue on passion and the turmoils of creation takes place. Between Brunner’s tragic past and Steeve’s pudic enthousiasm a long-standing passion subtly emerges.

Best film: Festival del Palazzo Venezia, Rome, Italy
Best film: Padova Rassegna Internazionale di Film Documentari sull’Arte, Italy
Best documentary: Sea to Sky Film Festival, Squamish, Canada
Jury Mention: Mediterranean New Filmmakers Festival, Larissa, Greece

2002
Erotography

Canada, Experimental, HD, 5 minutes

A search for the erotic ghost in the porn universe. Six 8mm found footages from the sixties are striped naked to reveal intimacy. Floating figures escape their sexual content triggering a saturated canvas solved by spontaneous climaxes. Electro noise music is combined here with juxtapositions of erotic hot flashes to create a campy collage of thriller meets blue movie.

Critic’s prize: Manilla Experimental Film Festival, Philippines

1998
Pot de colle

Canada, Fiction, 16mm, 21 minutes

A young man is confronted with daily routine at the job and his bored girlfriend. A critic of the libidinal economy at the age of late capitalism.

1997
The 100th Day

Canada, Documentary, 16mm, 21 minutes

Canadian Artist of hungarian origins Istvan Kantor, alias Monty Cantsin, has been working since 30 years on the ege of body art, performance and actionnism. This film explores the world of this excentric artist, taken from his 1993 performance at the Montreal Cent Jours d’Art contemporain.

1995
Le cinéma et la vie

Canada, Documentary, HD, 13 minutes

Portrait of non-conformist filmmaker Pierre Goupil, strugling with mental illness.

1994
Le présent éclaté

Canada, Documentary, 16mm, 26 minutes

The puzzling universe of a Montreal underground painter now living in Paris.