aemi & IFI are delighted to present the Irish premiere of Haitian-Canadian director Miryam Charles’ feature debut Cette maison (This House), a film that has received significant accolades since its Berlinale premiere last year, including a place in Sight and Sound’s list of 50 best films of 2022.
Prior to Cette maison, Charles made a suite of short films, each more lyrical and beguiling than the last. Adopting a similar aesthetic and magical-realist style to her earlier work, Charles uses the longer duration here to approach the traumatic death of her teenage cousin in 2008. A cathartic ghost story that plays out in the liminal spaces between and beyond life and death, this film also asks important questions relating to exile and the persisting legacies of colonization.
75 mins, Canada, 2022, Digital
Biography, Miryam Charles
From Haitian descent, Miryam Charles is a director, producer and cinematographer living in Montreal. Her films have been presented in various festivals internationally. Cette maison, her debut feature film, had its world premiere at Berlinale Forum 2022 and has been screened at festivals worldwide, winning awards at Indie Lisboa, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, and Indie Memphis. Her ongoing work explores themes related to exile and the legacies of colonization. Her second feature-length fiction film La marabout is currently in production.