THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE
LA DISPARITION DES LUCIOLES
2018, 96 min, Canada, Dir: Sébastien Pilote

As her high school graduation approaches, high-spirited 18-year-old Léo (Karelle Tremblay) can’t wait to get out of her drab small town in Quebec’s hinterland. Tired of her mother’s nagging, her stepfather’s relentless and reactionary right-wing opinions and her absent father, Léo is restless, alienated and bored. That frustration changes, however, when she meets Steve (Pierre-Luc Brillant), a quietly charismatic 30-something guitar teacher who still lives in his mother’s basement. Taking guitar lessons from Steve proves to be a catalyst for change in Léo, and their unlikely friendship will transform both forever. Winner of Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. In French with English subtitles.


THE SALESMAN
LE VENDEUR
2011, Seville Pictures, 107 min, Canada, Dir: Sebastien Pilote

Friendly, widowed car salesman Marcel (Gilbert Sicotte) prides himself on remembering every customer he's ever had, and on holding the title "Employee of the Month" for 16 consecutive years. Yet the auto business in frigid rural Quebec is waning, and the onset of a tragedy irrevocably shakes up Marcel's comfortable rinse-and-repeat existence. Nominated for the World Cinema Award at Sundance 2011 and winner of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival 2011. "Impeccably acted, poignant and nuanced, assured feature gets significant assists from Michel La Veaux's wintry lensing and a score rooted in traditional Quebecois folk sounds... Might be a decades-later sequel to such '70s Canadian classics as GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD and PAPERBACK HERO." -Variety. In French with English subtitles.


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