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Visualizing the quiet ruminations of life marks the work of Pranay Noel. Inspired by directors such as Kenneth Lonergan, Mike Leigh, Edward Yang and Kelly Reichardt to name a few, Noel’s stirring feature debut Height Markers follows a young man as he drifts about his city over the course of two days. Before leaving the home he shares with his mother, Aaron (Gabe Meacher, Firecrackers) is stewing with restless energy. Between his love life and the haunting space left by his father’s (Jesse LaVercombe, Violation) passing, Aaron struggles to communicate with a mother (Maev Beaty, Mouthpiece) enveloped in her own grief. She is stilled in time; he is troubled by stillness.
Using beautiful long master shots, Noel understands space simultaneously as its own character and as a stand-in for those no longer present, whether off screen or through death. Woven throughout the film is camcorder footage of the father, atmospheric frames of the city, and Aaron as he is trying to find his own footing. The city breathes and the grass rustles as the living moves forward.
Safia Abdigir, Programmer
Pranay Noel is a Canadian narrative filmmaker with a BFA and MFA in Film Production from York University. His works are social realist character-driven drama/comedies often centered around coming of age stories. Born in Mumbai, raised in Mississauga, identity, legacy and environment are key themes in his work.
CAST & CREDITS
Gabe Meacher, Maev Beaty, Jesse LaVercombe, Alexandra Floras-Matic
Arya Taleghani, Pranay Noel
Pranay Noel, Bryden Frankish, Dylan Posgate
November 4th, 5:30PM at The Paradise Theatre
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