The Fireflies are Gone

Run Times:
96 min
French (w. English Subtitles)
Karelle Tremblay, Pierre-Luc Brillant, François Papineau, Luc Picard, Marie-France Marcotte
Sébastien Pilote
Sébastien Pilote
Plot Summary

Summer is near and classes are coming to an endin a former industrial town on the end of a large bay.

Léo, a young and disaffected girl, meets Steve, a reclusive and aimless guitarist. Léo lives with her mother and stepfather Paul, a populist radio show host who forced her father into exile up north. Sylvain, Léo’s father, is a dethroned union leader whom she greatly misses.

A stranger in her own world, frustrated and angry, it is through her budding 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.


“Karelle Tremblay has something of compatriot Ellen Page’s naturalness, self-possession and dry delivery.” “Beautifully crafted and emotionally effective drama.”
-Demetrios Matheou, Screen Daily


Screen Daily – ‘The Fireflies Are Gone’: Karlovy Vary Review

Festivals and Awards

Karlovy International Film Festival, Czech Republic, June 2018

Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, September 2018
*Winner Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature

Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, September 2018

Chicago Film Festival, USA, October 2018

Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan, October 2018

Denver Film Festival, USA, October 2018

Canadian Days in Prague, Czech Republic, November 2018

International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany, November 2018
*Winner–Talent Award

Torino Film Festival, Italy, November 2018

Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA, January 2019

Tromso International Film Festival, Norway, January 2019

Wurzburg Film Festival, Germany, January 2019

Mons International Film Festival, Belgium, February 2019

Festival of Francophonie, Israel, March 2019

Festival of Francophonie, Estonia, March 2019

Festival of Francophonie, Latvia, March 2019

Telefilm’s Canada Now, USA, March 2019

CANADA NOW Showcase, Mexico, March 2019

OFF Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, Poland, April 2019