Pink Lake

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The three leading roles are played by actors Alysa Touati, Charles Brooks and Marie-Marguerite Sabongui

Pink Lake (in post-production) is a narrative feature co-created by Emily Gan (Cavebirds) and Daniel Schachter (Three Mothers, Entre chien et loup)

Pink Lake was shot in Gatineau QC

Cinematography by Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky (Le règne de la beauté, Les fleurs oubliées)

Edited with Jared Curtis (Boost)

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Sam and Cora are a couple whose relatively peaceful life in the Gatineau hills is disrupted when Nadia, one of Sam’s oldest and dearest friends, visits from Berlin. Nadia’s partner has just broken up with her; she had been planning on having a child with him, and now fears that it’s too late to become a mother. So she asks Sam to donate his sperm; that way, she can have a child whose father she knows and trusts. Sam is keen on helping Nadia, in no small part because Cora doesn’t want kids and this might be his last shot at being a father – if only a biological, peripheral one. When Sam and Nadia propose their idea to Cora, Cora gives her assent. But doubt and jealousy creep in as Cora ponders the consequences of her choice, and recognizes that having a child together will create a unique bond between Sam and Nadia. Cora changes her mind, communication breaks down, and love and friendship are put to the test.

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Pink Lake was made in partnership with Jacob Potashnik of Headstrong Films and with funding from SODEC Jeunes créateurs aide à la scénarisation.

Co-Directors Daniel Schachter and Emily Gan on set in Gatineau QC

Co-Directors Daniel Schachter and Emily Gan on set in Gatineau QC

Daniel has directed three short films. His first short film “Three Mothers” won the Grand Prix at Cours écrire ton court and screened at dozens of international festivals, including Clermont Ferrand. His last short “Entre chien et loup” stars Monia Chokri. Daniel has also released albums with Secret City Records and Saint-Cecile under the name Daniel Isaiah.

Emily's debut feature documentary "Cavebirds" premiered at Hot Docs 2019 in Toronto, where she won the prestigious Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award. She is also a photographer and yoga teacher.

Emily’s debut feature documentary “Cavebirds” premiered at Hot Docs 2019 in Toronto, where she won the prestigious Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award. She is also a photographer and yoga teacher.