Geographies of Solitude

Enchanting documentary about a woman living alone on an island in the Atlantic, in complete harmony with overwhelming nature.

Time & Tickets

Conservationist Zoe Lucas was an art student when she came to Sable Island, a lonely island off the coast of Nova Scotia for the first time in the 1970s and has been living on this remote strip of land for four decades now, mostly alone. Director Jacquelyn Mills films Lucas on her daily trips around the island to observe the local flora and fauna. Her studies of Sable Island’s population of wild horses, for which the island is famous, and of the biodiversity there in general have made the self-taught scientist an esteemed expert. Collecting the alarming amounts of plastic washing ashore also forms part of Lucas’s everyday life. Mills films on 16 mm, which lends a special beauty to the barren landscape. Science and art fuse in the two women’s activities, each enriching the other. The movements of beetles are made into music. Horse manure provides useful data for Lucas and is just as useful for Mills’s experiments in film exposure and developing, along with algae and other vegetation. When Mills loads the final film reel into her camera, it is not just the shoot that is coming to an end, but also a special encounter between two people. A twinge of melancholy is unavoidable. (source:

Jacquelyn Mills, Canada, 2023, 103 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles.