The Fireflies Are Gone

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    The Fireflies Are Gone

    La disparition des lucioles

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    96 min

    • French


    It is near the end of high school, and Léo dreams of escape. She feels stuck in her small-town, industrial Québécois life. The easiest target for her frustrations is her stepdad, a local talk-radio celebrity on the wrong side of a political divide that forced her union-organizing father out of town. Léo misses her father and yearns to leave, but her rebellion du jour only seems to manifest itself as malaise. Enter Steve, a much older metalhead who still lives in his mother’s basement.
    Léo is fascinated by Steve, and sees in him much more than the archetypal loser he may appear to be. He is kind and genuinely content to teach guitar in his bachelor cave and take his mom’s Shih Tzu on daily walks. As their relationship grows over the summer, an ever-present longing lingers beneath the surface of their friendship — and Léo must decide how to express her deep desire for something more.


    • Best Canadian Feature Film - Toronto IFF



    Karelle Tremblay
    Pierre-Luc Brillant
    Luc Picard
    François Papineau
    Marie-France Marcotte
    Sébastien Pilote
    Michel La Veaux
    Stéphane Lafleur
    Philippe Breault
    Sébastien Pilote

    Sébastien Pilote


    If “Poetic Realism” did not exist, I wish I had created it. It is my dogma.

    Sébastien Pilote was born in 1973. He grew up in St. Ambroise, a Saguenay-region village, before moving to Chicoutimi, where he still lives. After earning his degree in art and film (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi), he worked as a programmer for the Regard sur le court métrage short-film festival in Saguenay and as a director of television news reports. In 2007, he directed DUST BOWL HA! HA!, a short film that earned him acclaim at several festivals. It was shown in competition at Locarno and at the Toronto, Bilbao, Siena, Geneva, Guanajuato, and Seoul festivals. It won several awards, including the AQCC (Quebec film critics’ association) award, best short (Louve d’argent) at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal, the Grand Prix Prends ça court ! and the Grand Prix at the Barcelona short film festival. The film was also nominated for the Jutra for best short film. Sébastien Pilote has always wanted to stay close to his roots, and is committed to exploring daily life in his region. LE DEMANTLEMENT is his second feature which won him the SACD Prize at Cannes Critic's Week. THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE is his mother recent film which premiered at TIFF and won the Best Canadian Feature Film.

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