François Girard's breakthrough film is a compelling and striking exploration of the idiosyncratic world of Gould’s ideas and music, from his thoughts on technology and northern climates to his fondness for prescription drugs. Sumptuously photographed and designed as 32 separate visual and sound fragments, it uses drama, documentary, animation and performance art to provide insight into the life and work of the enigmatic Canadian genius. Special thanks to Rhombus Media and Library and Archives Canada.
Colm Feore’s performance as Gould is genuinely astounding and intimate, immersing viewers fully into the musician’s universe. Written by Don McKellar and Girard with a rare combination of playfulness and conceptual rigour, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould remains one of the most successful Canadian films of all time and boasts an enormous cult following.