ABOUT THE ARTIST
Francis Leclerc was born in Quebec City
in 1971. While studying communications, he began to develop
an interest in film, and subsequently directed more than
20 short- and medium-length works during the 1990s. These
include Bientôt Novembre (1985), L’Angle
mort d’une hirondelle (1996) and Les sept
branches de la rivière Ota (1997). He has been
working in Montréal since 1995 shooting music videos
for a variety of well-known Quebecois artists. His first
feature, the critically acclaimed Une jeune fille à
la fenêtre (Girl at the Window; 2001), was screened
at numerous film festivals. Mémoires affectives
is his second feature film.
TOKYO MAIGO, QUÉBEC, 1997
Outside his work for The seven branches of the river
Ota, filmic work adapted from stage designer Robert
Lepage’s play (1997), Francis Leclerc obtained impressionist
pictures of the Japanese metropolis with dominating night
vision and realized TOKYO MAIGO.
By means of a game views and to panoramic jerky plans, Tokyo
is transformed into a futuristic city. A voice out of the
field anchors the furtive and fleeting pictures into a narrative
which poetically underlines the city itself.