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When a Shout Catches Fire

(Je me brûle les doigts)
US Premiere

Director: Éloïse Grenier-Carpintero

Canada, 2022, 13 min

Shooting Format:16mm

Festival Year:2023

Category:Narrative Short

Cast:Anne-Florence Lavigne Desjardins, Éric Cabana

Crew:Writer: Éloïse Grenier-Carpintero. Producer: Laurence Wells.


Since she has witnessed a conflagration, Adèle cannot stop playing with matches. The day after, while walking to school, she's caught on the act by a strange firefighter-dressed figure which starts following her. Unable to beat the figure away, the schooler resigns herself to revisit the still fuming ashes of a painful end of high school day.

About the director

Éloïse Carpintero is a born and raised Montreal director recently gratuated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. They are interested by the limit between genre movie and drama and how magical realism can be use to address social issues.

Filmmaker's note

Adele is me. She's also my sister. It's many of my friends at once. It's my mother in the past and my cousin in a couple of years. When a scream cacthes fire is the tale of the anger introduced to us somewhere during teenagehood that decided to follow us for the rest of our lives.
It is also the story of the unconditional listening that is necessary for a healthy dialogue to be established between young girls and society. The unconditional listening that we refuse to wait patiently; the reason why young girls make films for themselves. For we believe that they speak fire and have powers just as extraordinary as Adèle's.

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