If Woody Allen sought out to make an ethnographic documentary in Cameroon, the result would probably be something like “Funeral Season” by Canadian director Matthew Lancit. Here, the filmmaker stages himself in the skin of a foreign explorer seeking the remains of his own dead and his own rites. This is the work of a filmmaker whose inventive style is simultaneously very personal, funny, poetic, and unconventional in its ethnographic approach. First Professional Film Prize at the Traces de Vies – Rencontres du Film Documentaire.
Matthew Lancit is an award-winning film director from Toronto, Canada. He received a degree in the humanities from Sarah Lawrence College while simultaneously studying filmmaking at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After leaving New York to live in Africa, Lancit embarked on the making of his first feature length documentary, “Funeral Season”, which has gone on to screen at universities and museums around the world, and at about 40 international film festivals.