Raymond St-Jean


A Chair Fit For An Angel

Published on November 16, 2013   |   Category Film Director

For two hundred years, the Shakers have been America’s most successful utopian society. While seeking harmony, order and perfection in every aspect of their lives, they built minimalistic furniture and buildings that influenced modern design.  The Shakers wrote songs of exquisite beauty and danced to extasy during their religious meetings. Inspired by this music and dance, Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen created Borrowed Light, a dance piece about communal life and individual sacrifice. Shot in Finland and the United States, featuring interviews and excerpts from Borrowed Light, this documentary explores the cultural legacy of this religious group devoted to create heaven on earth.

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Written and directed by: Raymond St-Jean
Choreography: Tero Saarinen
Producers: Michel Ouellette, Iiris Autio
With: Tero Saarinen, Anne Azéma, Joel Cohen, Chris Becksvoort, Brother Arnold Hadd
Director of photographie: Jean-François Lord
Editor: Philippe Ralet
Sound designer: Benoît Dame
Narration: Jennifer Seguin
Narration written by: Vanessa Nicolai


– Winner Grand Prize Golden Eagle Iffest Document.Art Bucarest 2014.
– Winner Best Canadian Film Award at the International Art Film Of Montreal 2014.
– Winner ICI ARTV Award for the best french canadian production at the International Art Film Of Montreal 2014.
– Winner Best Feature Length Documentary at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival 2014.
– Official Selection Sao Paulo Film Festival 2014.
– Official Selection Red Rock Film Festival 2014 (Utah).
– Official Selection Orlando Film festival.
– Official Selection Maine International Film Festival 2014.
– Opening film Loikka Dance Film Festival in Helsinki.


One Response to “A Chair Fit For An Angel”

  1. I had see the movie last summer and was wondering if a print will ever will be available for rent or purchase.

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