Directed by Rhayne Vermette • 2021 • Canada
Starring Isabelle d’Eschambault, Jack Theis
The hallucinatory debut feature by Rhayne Vermette is a stylistically adventurous meditation on the landscapes of her native Manitoba, impressionistically shot on dreamy 16 mm. As a party wanders into the night, word arrives that Renée (played by Vermette) has returned. Missing for years, her sudden reappearance unsettles her family, including her brother and his wife, who have been raising Renée’s daughter as their own. As Renée begins to reassemble the fragments of her past, ominous premonitions disrupt the land. Shot over the course of two years, STE. ANNE traces an allegorical reclamation of land through personal, symbolic, and historical sites all across Treaty 1 territory, heartland of the Métis Nation.