The Fireflies Are Gone

(La disparition des lucioles)
Canada 2018. Dir: Sébastien Pilote. 95 min. DCP

“Pilote’s prickly comedy about a restless teen and an older musician is insightful, atmospheric, and engaging ... The two leads are simply terrific.”
NORMAN WILNER, NOW MAGAZINE

“An appealing, break-out performance by young lead Karelle Tremblay ... Pilote’s films are beautifully crafted and emotionally effective.”
DEMETRIOS MATHEOU, SCREEN DAILY

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Sébastien Pilote’s previous features, The Salesman and The Auction, both sensitive, well-observed chronicles of provincial life and our current economic malaise, announced a significant new talent in Québécois and Canadian filmmaking. Pilote’s latest, named Best Canadian Feature at TIFF in 2018, is his most accessible and engaging yet, aided by a standout turn from young lead Karelle Tremblay. She’s jaded teen Léo, just finishing high school, and fed-up with small-town life and the right-wing politics of her stepfather, a talk-radio host. An aimless summer looms ahead, until Léo forges an unlikely friendship with musician Steve (Pierre-Luc Brillant), a thirtysomething loner still living with his mother. Tremblay’s assured, natural performance has drawn comparisons to Ellen Page in Juno and Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird. “With exquisite close-ups and dreamy musical flourishes that harken back to classic melodramas, Pilote creates an evocative pop fantasy amidst the customary political tensions in a small Quebec town” (Danis Goulet, TIFF).


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Under the Viaduct
Canada 2018. Dir: Norm Li. 5 min. DCP

A five-minute sequence shot filmed in 35mm, the directorial debut of acclaimed Vancouver-based cinematographer Norm Li (Beyond the Black Rainbow; Never Steady, Never Still) is a breathtaking work of technical bravura and an artful critique on our city’s spiraling homelessness crisis.

Director Norm Li will introduce Under the Viaduct on Friday, January 11.

 

REVIEWS

“A neatly observed character portrait in a well-detailed small-town setting ... The entire assembly is thoughtful and attractive.”

Variety | full review