Presented By:Ingrid Veninger
Nothing undoes us more than heartbreak. Nothing. And in the days and weeks that follow, we look desperately for signs that everything’s going to be alright. People, places, things—anything to fill the void, and tend to the soul so that we can get back to life among the living. But what if there isn’t any relief in sight, what then?
Prolific Canadian filmmaker Ingrid Veninger explores the implications of lost love in this deeply felt film about Elias, a man who sets out on an emotionally charged road trip soon after the untimely death of his lover, Sebastien. The trip, traversing Chile from north to south, involves long stretches of highway with only Elias’ memories to keep him company. These flashbacks offer a glimpse into his life with Sebastien and reveal the depth of his grief and pain. But while the journey seems lonely and full of sorrow, the diverse and exquisite landscape of Chile is a constant match for Elias’ state of mind with its varied scenery serving as perfect backdrop. And along the way, Elias encounters fellow travelers with whom he shares brief moments reminding him of the gifts and mysteries of existence.
He Hated Pigeons is an unhurried, meditative examination of loss, and a film that you won’t soon forget. (Camille Blake Fall)Director Bio
Ingrid Veninger has written/produced/directed four previous features (Only, Modra, i am a good person/i am a bad person, and The Animal Project), all of which have premiered at TIFF and garnered awards and distribution worldwide. Currently, Ingrid is the Screenwriter-in-Residence at the University of Toronto and a member of the Film Studies Faculty at York University. She recently initiated the pUNK Films FEMMES LAB to foster feature films written and directed by Canadian women, sponsored by Academy Award winner Melissa Leo.