Equal parts fierce and stubborn, Marielle Dalpé channels a remarkable emotional sensitivity in her work. The young animation filmmaker has a penchant for experimentation, both in form and technique. This can be seen in her ethereal mural painting in the box office of the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, in their series of five artist video bios, and in the live projections in Pas Perdu, a play by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette and Émile Proulx-Cloutier. Marielle has also worked with The Musical Box, bringing their album artwork to life for projections during their live performances, and with the installation-focused company Lucion for a projection-mapping spectacle honouring the Canadian forces in Vimy, France.
Her debut animated short, Aphasia, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, and is a striking gaze into the crumbling prison of the debilitating and degenerative condition Alzheimer’s disease. At times harsh and confronting, it is an extremely sensitive film that leans away from sentimentality and into experientialism, leading you by the hand into the mind grinder of words, like a knife in the gut, before gently fading away.
A graduate of the film animation program at Concordia University, Marielle Dalpé now lives and works in her home city of Montreal, drawing from its history and her own proud Quebecoise identity in her delicate, textured work.
-Written by Max Woodward, filmmaker, producer at Confettis Production, and Marielle’s partner
Which ‘hood are you in?
I live in the Plateau-Mont-Royal, right beside Parc Lafontaine.
What do you do?
I’m an animation filmmaker who dabbles in illustration. Lately, I’ve also been doing some compositing for other animation films.
What are you currently working on?
I like to have multiple projects on the go but at different stages of creation. So right now, I’m working on a graphic novel, I’m in the middle of post-production for my next experimental short film, called Dérailler, and I’m doing the compositing for another NFB production. Of course, I’m also starting to think about my next film.
Where can we find your work?
My film Aphasia is screening at film festivals right now. It will eventually be available on NFB across Canada after its festival run. So, keep an eye out! I did some animation for the play Pas Perdus: documentaires scéniques, which has been touring and will be shown at the Duceppe Theatre in Montreal in February and Le Grand Théâtre de Québec in Quebec City in June. There’s also the mural I painted for the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (3900 St-Denis) that you can see in their hall at the box office.