Friends Christian, 63, and Bruce, 71, each have their burden to bear: Christian suffers from a genetic condition that severely impairs his vision and makes his skin hypersensitive to sunlight, while Bruce is hard of hearing and bipolar. But both men share a desire: to fly, to defy gravity, to rise up against the limitations of their bodies. As a very thorough and rational person, Christian has mastered the techniques of paragliding, and, after years of struggle, he has been given permission to fly on his own. He is now persuading the more erratic and turbulent Bruce to do the same and follow him all the way to Mont Blanc… An intimate and moving portrait of two non- conforming individuals, this “direct cinema” piece with surrealist undertones takes us on a journey into the luminous heights and the dark intricacies of the human psyche.
Matthieu Brouillard is a visual artist who was born in Montreal. After painting and drawing for some years, in 2003 he shifted to photography with the impression that this medium would be more appropriate to convey the images he had in mind. Since then he has been creating photographs and video installations that combine the documentary and the “mise en scène”, often drawing on themes and stylistic traits from mythology and the pictorial tradition. His work reflects his interest in the human figure, mostly masculine, which he frequently depicts under constraint or in clear deviation from certain aesthetic and social norms. He has published three photobooks – Narragonie, Darkness Implacable, and Coming Through the Fog (with D. Cumming). Shot over a period of two years, Regarding Gravity is his first film.