Trailer: Mars et Avril


Even though my French is toddler-like at best, this trailer for Mars et Avril is absolutely stunning. It’s the first feature film by Martin Villeneuve, an adaptation of his two-volume graphic novel of the same name. Here’s a synopsis:

Mars et Avril takes place in a Montreal of the future when humanity is ready to move to Mars. But, not everyone is ready to go. Jacob Obus, a charismatic and beloved septuagenarian, leader of the anti-cybernetic movement, takes pride in slowing down time. He plays captivating music on instruments inspired by women’s bodies and designed by his friend, Arthur.

It’s when Jacob and Arthur are smitten by Avril, a young and short-winded photographer, that the true nature of the old sex symbol is revealed. After making love for the first time in his life, Jacob is ready to leave for Mars in search of his muse. In the midst of everything arrives Eugene Spaak (inventor, cosmologist and Arthur’s father), who maintains that Mars is only a chimera.

I’m eager to see the finished film and hope that Mars et Avril offers more than just captivating visuals. And on the note of Montreal, I’m now hungry for poutine.

[Via Quiet Earth]

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.