The Monarch

(La contemplation du mystère)
Albéric Aurtenèche


A year after his father’s horrific hunting accident, a disillusioned and anxious thirty-something returns to the land he inherited to attend an unusual tribute held by local hunters. Threatened by an enigmatic stranger but determined to confront his recurring nightmares, Éloi unwittingly ventures on a trail leading to the Monarch, the king of the forest, who appears to hold the key to the Mystery.



Best Canadian First Feature Award
Vancouver Film Festival, Canada, 2022

Youth Jury Prize
Dieppe Canadian Film Festival, France, 2022


FNC - Montreal's Nouveau Cinema Festival, Canada, 2022

Vancouver Film Festival, Canada, 2022

Dieppe Canadian Film Festival, France, 2022

Canada China International Festival, Canada, 2022

FCVQ - Quebec City Film Festival, Canada, 2022

Cinema on the Bayou, USA, 2023


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Director: Albéric Aurtenèche

Sccript: Albéric Aurtenèche

Cast: Emmanuel Schwartz, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Gilles Renaud, Reda Guerinik, Adrien Bletton, Francois Papineau, Martin Dubreuil

DOP: Ian Lagarde

Sound: Marcel Chouinard, Patrice LeBlanc, Olivier Germain

Editing: Elisabeth Olga Tremblay

Music Roger Tellier-Craig  

Production: Sylvain Corbeil


Original: French
Subtitles: English


4:3 (1:33)/5.1
DCP, Pro Res

Albéric Aurtenèche
Albéric Aurtenèche
Quebec, France

Born in Paris and immigrating to Montreal as a child, Albéric Aurtenèche later studied in both cities in visual art, media art and film. Starting out with an experimental practice, Aurtenèche’s first works were presented at the Festival des cinémas différents in Paris. From 2004 to 2012, he collaborated with a research group that explored evolution in the cinematographic experience through the emergence of portable and interactive screens. His interest in fiction developed in tandem with this research. L’appel du vide (“Facing Emptiness”), his first short that had an overtly narrative form, was pre-sented at various festivals around the world in 2008. After being recognized at various festivals, his film M’ouvrir won the Jutra Award for best short/medium-length film in 2011. Sigismond sans images also won several awards and was selected for the Clermont-Ferrand international competition in 2017. His short films explore a wide range of genres, but the common thread is a ques-tioning of reality. The Monarch is his first full-length feature film.

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