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Feuilles mortes

World Premiere
  • Quebec
  • 2016
  • 100 mins
  • DCP
  • French
World Premiere
Hosted by directors Thierry Bouffard, Carnior and Edouard A. Tremblay, actor Roy Dupuis, and members of the cast and crew

Les Feuilles Mortes from Festival Fantasia on Vimeo.

Five years after an economic catastrophe, the government and banks have collapsed. Rural Quebec has come to resemble the Wild West. At a fortified villaged, the only strangers admitted are those with something to trade, or valuable skills. The surrounding areas have become a no man’s land, home to outcasts and malefactors. The stage is set for three individuals with very different pasts to see their destinies unwillingly intertwined. Léon is part of a band of honest scavengers. Following a murderous attack, Léon has a falling out with the surviving members of his gang. Marianne, survivor of a brutal assault and the last living member of her family, is travelling to the village to find her aunt — and is soon to find that her attackers are there too. Old Bob has only one goal, to reconnect and make peace with his brother, since years estranged. During his journey, he encounters Josée, a teen with attitude who sees a father figure in him. After a bloody altercation at a bar, Bob has no choice but to tolerate Joe’s company.

FEUILLES MORTES is a feature film directed by Thierry Bouffard, Carnior, and Edouard A. Tremblay. In addition to their membership in Phylactère Cola, Carnior and Tremblay have, in the company of their longtime friend Bouffard, created many a memorable short film. Now the trio dive into the deep end of feature filmmaking, with each director following one of the main characters. Their scenes intertwine to create a common narrative structure. Bouffard’s style is visceral and feverish. Carnoir’s, that of an idealist and romantic. And Tremblay’s, a cynical and reflective approach. The results are surprising and impressive, a post-apocalyptic Western that’s also a powerful human drama.

— Marc Lamothe, Edouard A. Tremblay