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La bille de pandore

Sponsored by: STM

World Premiere

  • Quebec 2009
  • 130 min
  • video
  • French
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Director: Nicolas de la Sablonnière
Screenplay: Nicolas de la Sablonnière
Cast: Yan Savard, Dino Tavarrone, Frédéric Gagnon, Marie-Pascale Côté, Sylvain Lavoie
Producers: Nicolas de la Sablonnière, Yan Savard, Benjamin Pelletier, J-F Maltais
Distributor: L'Entre-Côte Productions


Driving aimlessly around the suburbs one night, Marc, 33, is suddenly seized by strange visions. Prophetic dreams or repressed memories? He can’t make sense of the cryptic images. When he pulls over to collect himself, he is drawn to a stream where he saves a woman about to drown. After he drives her home, his world is turned upside down. He discovers that his ID is now blank, all information erased. When he gets home, he realizes that an intruder has stolen all his personal effects. After a few bizarre encounters, he decides to trail the mysterious drowning victim. He crosses paths with a gangster or two. Everyone seems to be looking for a mythical object, Pandora’s marble. In the course of his investigation, Marc discovers that his father, a ruthless businessman apparently involved in illicit activities, is behind it all. Chases and shootouts meet displays of psychic powers against a backdrop of mythology and esoteric science fiction.

LA BILLE DE PANDORE, Nicolas de la Sablonnière’s first feature film, is the fruit of seven years of hard work. Originally conceived as a medium-length film, the project evolved into a feature film after a year of shooting. With a $5,000 starting budget, the independent production eventually cost a total of $70,000 once shooting wrapped. The film stars Yan Savard, Dino Tavarone (OMERTÀ, 2 SECONDES, MAMBO ITALIANO), Frédéric Gagnon, Marie-Pascale Côté and Sylvain Lavoie. The screenplay cheerfully blends film noir, fantasy, action movie, science fiction and family drama full of enigmatic overtones. The direction is rife with sly nods to Alex Proyas, James Cameron, David Fincher, Sergio Leone, Darren Aronofsky and John Woo. The cinematography, by Nicolas de la Sablonnière and Yan Savard, is particularly noteworthy—every shot is carefully composed and every frame tells a story. The art direction is meticulous and the shooting locations evoke another side of Montreal. For LA BILLE DE PANDORE, the writer-director creates an idiosyncratic world and dives in without looking back. For a little over two hours, audiences are drawn into a parallel universe—or is it a waking nightmare?

—Marc Lamothe (translated by Traduction Semantikos)

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