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Bengale Screened Oct. 23-25
“A tense and claustrophobic depiction of the adage, there’s no going back.” – F3 Film Magazine
Bengale  Canada  Narrative      Film Website
Two years in prison. Lucas, gets back his freedom... And Charles. But Charles just moved in with is girlfriend, Josiane. Luke feels stuck in this renewed love triangle, which brings his demons to the surface. Luke wants to keep Charles to himself, but at what price?
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Samuël L. Jodry
Director Bio : Samuël started to practice his passion for filmmaking at 10 years old with Windows Movie Maker. His passion takes a turn after he discovers Denis Villneuve's oeuvre and Radiohead's music. After six short films over the course of his academic path, Samuël writes and directs Bengal, his first independant short.

Directors Statement : You wouldn’t imagine yourself leaving for someplace else, no matter the distance or how long, without considering coming back. But when you do come back, a no man’s land takes place. Nothing can be that easy in the present when it is so deeply based on a desolated past. A storm will start and, if taken lightly, is going to generate mind blowing chaos. Bengal will take you there with Lucas, a.k.a Luke, after he recovers a past life with his forever beloved friend Charles and his girlfriend Josiane. This film reflects on the consequences of coming back into reality after leaving it for far too long. This idea that time doesn’t make human evolve toward a change is directly challenged through Luke’s struggle to deal with his past relationship with Charles and Josiane. The context you try to come back into overshadows what you’ve become. Every move you make will risk everything you’ve had; feelings, memories, friendship, goes at a loss.

This film is for me a personal journey into getting out of some unfit places and being challenged to choose best where to go next. It is about the holding moment, mixed with laziness and denial, where we just avoid an upcoming harrowing decision. I’ve spent my time writing this film alone, wondering about what I’ve gone through before the most uplifting moments in my life. It reflects on how I’ve (and shall) continue to grow as a human being who encounters the most important transitions of its life; some that happens for what feels fractions of a second, but that will influence the course of many years.