Archive of films The Fireflies Are Gone / La disparition des lucioles

2018, 96 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2018

The sleepy town where Léo lives doesn’t offer her much chance of self-fulfilment. Extricating herself from her mother’s influence and her constricting environment isn’t easy for the frustrated young woman, yet happiness might be close at hand. A stylistically precise, pop-impressionistic film about a girl’s quest to find out who she really is, featuring the captivating Karelle Tremblay in the lead role.


The sleepy industrial town tucked away in a small bay doesn’t offer young Léo much chance of self-fulfilment. She despises her life with her mother and stepfather while nurturing romantic notions about her distant father. It is not until an encounter with timid guitarist Steve, however, that she manages to pull herself out of her lethargy. The captivating Karelle Tremblay in the role of the spontaneous yet defiant girl injects the coming-of-age story with an infectious energy which is superbly complemented by the picture’s stylistic precision. Despite the quasi-pop feel to the film in places, Sébastien Pilote maintains an impressionistic slant to his direction that lends this tale of elusive happiness a lightly dreamlike quality.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Sébastien Pilote (b. 1973, Chicoutimi, Canada). Filmography: Dust Bowl Ha! Ha! (2007, short), The Salesman (Le vendeur, 2011), The Auction (Le démantèlement, 2013)


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Press kit

About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Sébastien Pilote
Screenplay: Sébastien Pilote
Dir. of Photography: Michel La Veaux
Music: Philippe Brault 
Editor: Stéphane Lafleur
Art Director: Eric Barbeau
Producer: Bernadette Payeur, Marc Daigle
Production: Corporation ACPAV inc.
Cast: Karelle Tremblay, Pierre-Luc Brillant, François Papineau, Luc Picard, Marie-France Marcotte
Sales: Seville International


Sébastien Pilote

Film Director

Anick Poirier

Sales Agent

Karelle Tremblay


Pierre-Luc Brillant



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