World Premiere on Saturday, June 30th 2018
Montreal, May 29, 2018 – Les Films Séville, a subsidiary of Entertainment One, and Seville International is proud to announce that La disparition des lucioles, directed by Sébastien Pilote and produced by Bernadette Payeur and Marc Daigle (ACPAV), will make its world premiere as part of the official competition at the prestigious 53rd annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, in the Czech Republic. Director Sébastien Pilote’s third feature, La disparition des lucioles stars Karelle Tremblay, Pierre-Luc Brillant, Luc Picard, François Papineau and Marie-France Marcotte.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, one of the world’s oldest festivals, will take place from June 29 to July 7, 2018. Classified by the FIAPF as one of the major festivals in the international circuit, it is considered as the most influential film event in Central and Eastern Europe.
From Saguenay, director Sébastien Pilote has been profoundly influenced by the reality of his region, as reflected in all of his films. His first short film made in 2007, Dust Bowl Ha! Ha!, inspired by deindustrialization, was selected for competition at the Locarno Film Festival. The film then earned an award at Montréal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma, was selected as part of TIFF’s Canada Top Ten and received the award for best short/medium-length film from the Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma. In 2010, he directed his first feature, Le vendeur, which was selected for competition at the SUNDANCE Film Festival, honoured at several festivals and commercially successful in Quebec. Recipient of the FIPRESCI (Fédération internationale de la presse cinématographique) award (Turin, Mannheim and San Francisco), in Quebec Le vendeur earned the Gilles-Carle award (best first film) and the Luc-Perrault prize for best film of the year, as awarded by the Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma. His second feature, Le démantèlement, was selected for La Semaine de la Critique Cannes where it won the SACD award for best screenplay. In Paris, the film won best film at the 2014 Trophées francophones du cinéma. That same year, the FIPRESCI honoured it with their award at the Turin Film Festival.
Summer is near and classes are coming to an end in an old industrial town on the edge of a bay. In this place, which is both a dead-end and a gateway to the world, Léo, a resourceful but unhappy girl of seventeen, meets Steve, an older man and reclusive guitarist. Leo lives with her mother and father-in-law, the populist radio show host who pushed the father she admires into exile after his union was disbanded. Frustrated and angry, it is through her relationship with Steve, set to the rhythm of their guitar lessons and her new summer job, that she’ll be able to find some kind of comfort and ultimately take flight.