Mars et Avril

Synopsis: Montreal, the future. Elderly jazz musician Jacob Obus (Jacques Languirand) still draws in audiences with his mesmerizing performances, playing instruments based on female models, designed by his much younger pal Arthur (Paul Ahmarani). The latest model, intriguing artist Avril (Caroline Dhavernas), entices both Arthur and Jacob. In the resulting love triangle, the old musician is ultimately victorious and appears to be in love for the first time in his life. But then Avril is accidentally transported to Mars, where the first manned mission just happened to land. Enter Eugène Spaak (Robert Lepage), inventor, cosmologist and Arthur's father, who unveils a new theory about man's desire to reach Mars and helps Jacob find the true meaning of life and love.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music
Director(s): Martin Villeneuve
Production: Mars et Avril Inc.
  1 win & 10 nominations.
90 min

In the 17th century,

German astronomer Kepler

introduces his cosmological model

The Harmony of the World.

Almost blind from observing the Sun,

he reaches out to the cosmos

and calls for music.

According to Kepler,

the harmony of the universe

is determined by the motion

of celestial bodies.

For instance,

Mercury corresponds

to an octave plus a third.

Venus endlessly repeats

the same note.

Earth is just a half tone.

Mars produces a fifth.

Jupiter wanders down a low third...

and so does Saturn.

But above any other,

it is the Red Planet

that nurtures Kepler's dreams,

and sings to him

the secrets of the universe.


Dear 3DViewers,

tonight we will witness the takeoff

of the first human convoy

leaving from the Moon to MarsI

Please welcome

the three Marsonautes taking part

in this ambitiousjourney

that will confirm

whether Man is capable,

as Jean Cocteau hoped,

of dreaming beyond the MoonI

We haven't even

discovered Earth yet.

They are moving too fast.

Dear 3DViewers, I'm being told

that the countdown will begin.'

Five, four, three,

two, one...

From all of us on Planet Earth,

we wish you gentlemen a safe tripI

You're a lucky man.

All these women at your feet.

It's your music:

So sensuous, energetic

and sophisticated!

Please tell me

how you get

all these women fired up!

You'd make an excellent model

for a musical instrument.

- Me? A model?

- Yes.

But Jacob Obus

doesn't speak to models.

Why didn't you pick

an attractive woman instead?

But what does attractive mean?

I'm more interested

in the way a woman sounds.

It must be hard for you to always

live in Eugene Spaak's shadow?

I'm the one who designs

the instruments.

But he's the one who makes them!

Your father is one of

the millennium's greatest geniuses.

Without him, Jacob Obus

wouldn't be able to play music.

Anyway, I would find it hard

if I were you.

An instrument doesn't

just pop up out of nowhere.

It takes a vision, a concept,

sketches, and then a plan.

A drawing doesn't make music.

And a model doesn't speak!

Like all major archetypes,

Mars has an ambivalent nature.

Sometimes she is love,

sometimes death.

At times, she is life,

at other times, war.

She is both dream and nightmare.

Kepler viewed Planet Mars

as a musical instrument.

Had he been reincarnated at the

beginning of our third millennium,

the astronomer

would have been astonished

by the images of the Red Planet

transmitted by satellite.

Images captured

by a 3Delescope

reveal that the Martian topography

perfectly matches the shape

of a musical instrument.

That is ridiculous!

Kepler said:
"The creator of the

universe is not only a surveyor,

he is also a musician."

Because no matter how precise

and complex the mechanism may be,

it also comes with

its own share of madness.

Thanks to his cosmological model,

Kepler proves

that the reality we observe

solely depends on the observer.

Reality and dreams can constantly

be mistaken for one another.

Based on Kepler's theory

and on my own observations,

my hypothesis is the following:

Mars does not exist!

It is a construction of the mind,

a fantasy among many others.

It is completely subjective.

So, um, Marsonautes...

are holograms, like you?

You're not worthy of the Order

of the Cosmologists after all.

Why don't you just stick

to your musical instruments!

Eugene? Where are you?


It's the basis for my new project.

And what would that be?

The camera films an image

that is played back to it

in a loop by the projector.

It's called feedback.

- Like in music?

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Martin Villeneuve

Martin Villeneuve (French: [maʁtɛ̃ vilnœv]; born March 13, 1978) is a French Canadian screenwriter, producer, director, actor, and art director. He is the younger brother of filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. more…

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