This House (Cette maison), dir. Miryam Charles, Canada 2022, 75 min., French / Haitian with English subtitles
Tessa was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1994. She died suddenly in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 2008, aged just 14. And she was the cousin of Canadian filmmaker Miryam Charles, whose debut feature investigates Tessa’s death in the form of an imaginary dialogue with a young girl who can no longer speak for herself.
Produced by Québécois unit Embuscade Films (Archipelago, FoR21), This House seamlessly navigates through time and place – from Tessa’s family’s origins in Haiti via their relocation to Connecticut to a future cut tragically short in mysterious circumstances. Shot on 16mm and enigmatically narrated by Florence Blain Mbaye, this oneiric feature captures fragments and traces of what remains unexplained ten years – serving as a space for mourning, self-expression and collective remembrance.
This UK Premiere is followed by a Q&A with Miryam Charles, hsoted by FRAMES of REPRESENTATION Research Curator Astrid Korporaal.