Canada Now 2019 is a showcase of New Canadian Cinema in the UK, we are screening three outstanding new pieces of filmmaking as part of our BEACON Season.
The Fireflies Are Gone:
On the verge of her high school graduation, a brilliant, high-spirited young 18 year-old woman named Léo can’t wait to get out of her drab small town in Quebec’s hinterland.
Tired of her mother’s nagging, her stepfather’s relentless and reactionary right wing opinions, and her absent father who lives and works far, far away, Léo is restless, alienated and bored. She’s also weary of adults telling her what is best for her future.
All of Léo’s ennui and frustration changes, however, when she meets Steve, a quietly charismatic 30-something guitar teacher who still lives in town in his mother’s basement. Taking guitar lessons from Steve proves to be a catalyst for change for Léo, and their growing, unlikely friendship will transform them both forever.
Winner of Best Canadian Feature Film, 2018 Toronto International Film Festival; Canada’s Top Ten 2018; Official Competition at Karlovy Vary; Chicago International Film Festival; Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019.
“This is a satisfying, slightly mournful seriocomedy that’s equal parts cynical, hopeful, and ambivalent.”
– Dennis Harvey, Variety
“…Pilote delivers the requisite insights and atmosphere in an engaging way, and his two leads are simply terrific: Karelle Tremblay, the remarkable co-star of Anne Émond’s Our Loved Ones and François Girard’s Hochelaga, Land Of Souls, holds the screen as confidently as Ellen Page in Juno or Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird…” – Norman Wilner, Now Magazine
“Like his characters, full of their own contradictions, Pilote's writing resists singular interpretation. Instead, in thoughtful and nuanced turns, he breaks open a story of burgeoning adulthood and changing small-town Quebec with style and care.”– Sarah Melton, Exclaim!
Director: Sébastien Pilote
Run time: 96 mins
French with English subtitles