During its long harsh winters, the Lozère region of France is subject to intense and unrelenting snow storms so disorienting that in the local dialect the word blizzard refers not only to the atmospheric phenomenon but also to a bewilderment of the soul. Amidst the bleak, snow swept mountains shepherds perform mysterious ancient rituals and ring out bells to call back the lost. Meanwhile, inmates of a notorious nearby psychiatric ward wander aimlessly, haunted by the names of the institution’s previous patients who lie buried in their thousands at a nearby cemetery.
Combining anthropology and poetic narrative, this film is a spectral voyage through storms; those of the mountains and winter, and those of bodies and souls.
A Q&A with director Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd will follow the screening.
Courtesy of Cobra Films