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Phénix | Al-Kimia

Phénix | Al-Kimia

Simon C. Vaillancourt

Canada | 2022 | 7 min
Available on ARTS.FILM from June 28, 2024

Flamenco dancer Shraddha Danielle Blaney presents an intoxicating choreography inspired by the Persian poem The Conference of the Birds by Farîd-od-Dîn Attâr. Through her movements, she tells the story of a phoenix before its transmutation by fire, as it revisits the places that were a source of joy and hope, but also of pain and suffering. It eventually tears itself from the flames to be reborn, and finally takes flight toward luminous lands.
Other festivals:
Cannes 7th Art Awards, Official Selection (2023)
Golden Bridge Istanbul Short Film Festival, Official Selection
Indo French International Film Festival, Best international short film (2022)
Cannes Silk Road Film Awards, Best solo dance short film 
Venice Indie Film Festival, Official Selection
Director Simon C. Vaillancourt
Director of Photography Simon C. Vaillancourt
Executive Production Shraddha Danielle Blaney
Artistic Direction Shraddha Danielle Blaney
Editing Daniel Audet
Sound Recording Philippe Pelletier
Colorization Élie Veilleux
Choreography Shraddha Danielle Blaney
Artist Marcos Marin, Pooria Pournazeri
Sound mixing Philiipe Pelletier
Costumes Stéphanie Rodrigue
Music Caroline Planté


Simon C. Vaillancourt

Simon C. Vaillancourt

After completing his bachelor’s degree in communications at UQAM, Simon C. Vaillancourt began his career as an editor at MusiquePlus and then became a director at Radio-Canada. He directed magazines, commercials and short films before moving into the documentary genre, a niche he particularly likes. Over the years, he has directed the series Humanima, Animo and Van Aventure, as well as the documentaries Voler sa vie, Stanley Vollant : de Compostelle à Kujjuaq, La vie devant moi.
Camera in hand, drone on his back, he directed and produced four travel documentaries presented in theaters: À la conquête de l’Italie, Bali aujourd’hui, Thaïlande : paradis d’Asie, and Les Açores : 9 îles à faire rêver.
His quest: to probe the human soul, to capture the essence of people, to shoot real life in the open air under bush conditions, to face the unexpected, to shoot polished images, to be moved, to move and to make films that provoke thought.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Other films:
Les Açores : 9 îles à faire rêver (2023)
La vie devant moi (2021)
Thaïlande, paradis d’Asie (2018)
Stanley Vollant : de Compostelle à Kuujjuaq (2017)
Bali aujourd’hui (2015)

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