- Michèle Cournoyer
Le souvenir d'une enfance souillée / Memories of a childhood defiled
The Hat strikes hard with its stark, and sometimes crude, imagery of a memory that refuses to go away. The woman, conscious of having been abused body and soul, draws the audience into the shadows of a wounded childhood.
The woman can never forget. The hat becomes for her an overwhelming, invasive obsession, constantly resurfacing in a rapid and implacable succession of metamorphoses. Animator Michèle Cournoyer uses black ink on white paper to illustrate this painful tale. With a quick stroke, she throws ink on paper, creating an occasional blotch. Stains on the soul, stains on paper.
The Hat is a tough, visceral experience. The filmmaker, with naked honesty, invites the audience to share in the pain of a woman, an exotic dancer whose body is on display and whose soul is forever soiled.
Un film de Michèle Cournoyer. Une production de Thérèse Descary, Pierre Hébert
Prix du jury, World Animation Celebration, Los Angeles
The National Film Board of Canada - European Office http://www.onf.ca/lechapeau/