by Michèle Cournoyer — 1999
The Hat is a tough, visceral experience. The filmmaker, with naked honesty, invites the audience to share in the pain of a woman, an exotic dancer whose body is on display and whose soul is forever soiled.
The woman can never forget. The hat becomes for her an overwhelming, invasive obsession, constantly resurfacing in a rapid and implacable succession of metamorphoses. Animator Michèle Cournoyer uses black ink on white paper to illustrate this painful tale. With a quick stroke, she throws ink on paper, creating an occasional blotch.
Production : National Film Board of Canada (nfb.ca)