Series: Portland EcoFilm Festival
Friday, April 10 at 9:15pm | $8 | West Coast Premiere!
LE SEMEUR is a portrait of artist and seed producer Patrice Fortier, who dedicates his passion and expertise to preserving plant biodiversity. Fortier likes beets, especially hardy varieties that can stand up to a strong wind. He admires independence in a plant. He looks over his carrots with the same patience and meticulousness as he harvests seeds from his squash. Sometimes, he dreams about a certain cherry tree whose genetic legacy he wants to preserve and spread. Not to mention his pride in his Polish rutabagas. Patrice Fortier isn’t crazy—he’s just seriously passionate about his work. Living on his company farm, La Société des Plantes, in the remote Kamouraska Valley of Quebec, he preserves and propagates rare and forgotten seeds in order to restore vitality and variety to our agricultural heritage. He’s also an artist, using seeds from his garden to create fantastic works of art, finding in farming a source of inspiration for his unique artistic expression. Directed by Julie Perron with uncommon elegance and assurance, Le Semeur gives us a fascinating taste of Fortier’s intensely lived days.