HUBRIS

Jules de Niverville
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Canada
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2023
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29
min.
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No dialogue

Synopsis

HUBRIS is an experimental docu-narrative that chronicles three individual journeys intrepreted by dance and circus artists, exploring a powerful storyline about climate change. Blinded by ego, their journeys symbolize the collateral damage induced by a culture deeply rooted in individualism—serving as a metaphor for our environmental crisis and a need for a U-turn towards transformative change.

Festivals

AWARDS

Cinematic Achievement Award
Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Greece, 2023

SELECTIONS

Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Greece, 2023

Light Moves Festival, Ireland, 2023

Imagine Science, USA, 2023

Mexico City Videodance Festival, Mexico, 2024

FIFA - Festival International du Film sur l'Art, Canada, 2024

HUBRIS

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Director : Jules de Niverville

Creative producer: Kathy Sperberg

Script: Jules de Niverville, Kathy Sperberg

Performers: Carol Prieur, Ja “Jigsaw” James Britton Johnson, Saffi Watson

DOP: Kes Tagney

Sound: Sacha Ratcliffe

Music: Ben Lukas Boysen

Editing: Jules de Niverville

Art direction: Mathilde Donnard, Phillippe Gauvin

Costumes: Bettina Bolzer

Production: Jules de Niverville, Kathy Sperberg

Version

No dialogue

Format
2:1/5.1, stereo
DCP, Prores

Jules de Niverville
Jules de Niverville
Quebec

A visual and media artist, Jules has been oscillating between photography and film for 30+ years. Following his Concordia University degree in filmmaking he was soon working in the industry as set decorator and assistant art director in both local and American feature productions, including television series and advertising. His photography has led to numerous publications; exhibited in group shows in Montreal and Brussels during their respective MOIS DE LA PHOTO, as well as solo shows around the world. His career has since shifted to cinematography and editing (with a specialization in dance for camera productions). His first film TWITCH had a successful run on the short film festival circuit with screenings in more than 50 festivals internationally, winning three awards. Jules’ second film PARLE-MOI/TALK TO ME also won multi-awards and garnered accolades in the festival circuit. HUBRIS is Jules’ third film using dance and circus artistry as a vehicle for storytelling. TWITCH tackled a narrative of conquering fear towards self-acceptance, and the whimsical TALK TO ME featured a contortionist and stilt walker to mirror the sense of never fitting in. HUBRIS moves further into the discussion of identity in examining the role that one’s sense of purpose plays in contributing to dissociative isolation (cult of the individual) and precursor to human-caused environmental degradation. HUBRIS makes reference to the current climate crisis, and seeks to strike a poetic balance in conceptualizing a filmic language aimed at soliciting a visceral response. Co-creating with co-producer Kathy Sperberg has helped propel HUBRIS to be his most ambitious project to date.

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