“Doubles with Slight Pepper” selected to screen at the Cannes Film Festival!
Trinidadian-Canadian director Ian Harnarine continues to get praise for his film at screenings around the world. Not only was his debut, “Doubles with Slight Pepper” (Executive Produced by Spike Lee) awarded the jury prize for the Best Canadian Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), it also won the Genie Award (Canada’s OSCAR) for Best Live Action Short Drama in March.
The film has been selected by renowned international programmer Danny Lennon to screen at Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent program representing Canada’s newest cinematic voices, in the Cannes Markets’ international short film showcase. For more information about Canadian films at Cannes:http://www.canada-cannes2012.ca
Harnarine remarked, “It’s the dream of any filmmaker to screen at Cannes, so I’m especially proud to be given this prestigious opportunity. I hope that this will spotlight the talent of everyone involved in this production, especially the actors.”
Shot entirely on location in Trinidad and Tobago, comprising a local cast including famed Trinidadian actor, Errol Sitahal and first timer Sanjiv Boodhu as well as Susan Abraham-Hannays, “Doubles with Slight Pepper” is a poignant story which explores the changing relationship between a father and son. The local crew included sound recordist, Cedric Smart, gaffer Leroy Smart, boom operator Richard Gobin, producer Jason Harnarine and associate producer Mariel Brown. “Doubles with Slight Pepper” was also the recipient of a Spike Lee grant and a Trinidad and Tobago Film Company PASD post-production grant.
In rural Trinidad, Dhani struggles to support himself and his mother by selling doubles. When his estranged father returns from Canada unexpectedly, Dhani must decide if he will help save his father’s life despite their strained relationship.
Doubles With Slight Pepper is not an autobiographical story, but it was conceived during the recent experience of my Father’s terminal illness. In the latter days of his life, he became a person that was completely different from the man that I knew. It was like meeting a stranger for the first time. I began to wonder what it would have been like to have never known a Father until his final days. Is there an intrinsic affinity between a Father and Son that cannot be destroyed? What could test this fundamentally human relationship? These questions inspired me as I investigated the dynamic between Father and Son. I also wanted to challenge the clichés of the standard immigrant story, by having a character that has failed in his new country and returned home. The film is set on the Caribbean island of Trinidad – my familial home. Even though the country boasts a distinctive food, language and music, it is my hope that the emotions of the film resonate with a universal audience. Above all, the movie is a tribute to my Father, who passed away before he could see it.