True North | Future//Present
A young woman (Ana Escorse) dreams of the forest. Upon waking she texts a friend, cancelling their day plans. Compelled to head into the woods, she follows her instincts, and finds that the deeper she moves into the forest the more it takes on a life of its own. Far from the noise of the city and alone with her own thoughts, she falls asleep and loses track of time. When she awakes, her surroundings take on a strange new quality. She’ll find that the journey home isn’t as easy as she expected.
Matthew Taylor Blais’ Forest Movie is hypnotic and deceptively simple, graced with striking cinematography that alternates between fluid mobility and deathly stillness. The film plays like a call to break out of your routines, to embrace nature, to slow down and pay attention. But it’s also about asserting selfhood, about what happens when you finally face yourself and your thoughts head on, about the challenge of looking into the unknown. Immersing you in Vancouver’s beautiful Pacific Spirit Regional Park, this is an invitation to take a walk—through the woods and through your mind.
— Adam Cook