Chloé Robichaud

Cap-Rouge , QC
Quebec CA
Lives in
Montreal , QC
Quebec CA

Filmmaker. Born in the Québec City suburb of Cap- Rouge, Chloé Robichaud moved to Montreal to follow a training in film production at Concordia University (2007-2010) followed by an intensive technical formation at INIS (Institut national de l’image et du son) in 2010. She got her first chance at recognition when her short film Chef de meute was selected as part of the official selection at Cannes in 2012. The film about an emotionally ostracized young woman, who inherits a dog, was an international critical success. She struck again in 2013 with her first full-length fiction film Sarah préfère la course, which premiered at "Un certain regard" at Cannes. The film tells the very Québecois story of a young athlete from Quebec City who decides to get married to her male high school friend in order to receive more bursary money from the government. Sarah leaves the comfort of her family home to move to Montreal where she has been accepted in an ultra-competitive athletic program. The quiet and introverted Sarah soon begins to develop feelings for a female colleague but she is not ready to face the life-changing experience of coming out. Beautiful, slow and quiet; Robichaud’s cinematic style is the marketable opposite of her queer Québecois contemporary Xavier Dolan and she explores feelings from through restrained and silence. Her cryptically lesbian narratives neutralize the possibility of a male gaze and allow for the exploration of sexual ambiguity in a cinematic age that, more often than not, prizes the explicit. Her next venture into lesbian storytelling is the web series Féminin/Féminin, produced by the online collective Lezspreadtheword. Ten episodes were shot for the first season, each following a different character as she tries to build a stable life for herself, amidst daily (lesbian) drama. Hailed as the new L Word by the popular American lesbian entertainment website AfterEllen, Féminin/Féminin portrays politically correct lesbianism and offers a more prosaic visual style then Robichaud's previous films. Her next film, Pays, slated for release in 2015, delves into Quebec’s political climate with a feminist perspective on the place female politicians can have within the democratic system.