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Where the Land Ends

Loïc Darses
2019 | 90 min

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  • Closing FilmRVQC 2019


Synopsis


About the Film


A Note from the Director


The origin of the project, told by Colette Loumède


The origin of the project, told by Loïc Darses

Press Release

Team


Loïc Darses
Director
Biography
Photo
Photo : Amélie Hardy


Loïc Darses

Loïc Darses is a young screenwriter and director who has already made his mark in the film world. He holds a bachelor’s degree in film from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where he directed Elle pis son char (2015), a short documentary that won several awards and was selected to screen in the official competition at Sundance, Rotterdam, and other film festivals.

In 2003, Darses’ mother, Lucie Tremblay, created a video archive in which she recorded her search for the man who abused her sexually when she was a child, between the ages of 8 and 12. Working from that archive, Darses created a powerful film that has been called “unclassifiable, an original, disturbing, intimate, violent and tender road movie that opens a window on the life of a woman seeking to heal old wounds” (Patrick Lagacé).

In Where the Land Ends, we encounter the same concern for inheritance, the passing of the baton, and the same poetic desire to draw the viewer into endless landscapes. Through the words of 17 young Quebeckers who were not yet 18 at the time of the 1995 referendum on independence, Darses addresses questions of identity, the environment, the sovereignty of the people, and the place of Indigenous peoples in Quebec society.

He is now at work on a new short film, his first venture into fiction, Cercueil, tabarnak!, which is part road movie, part thriller and part filial tribute set against a backdrop of mourning. Tax fraud, shady undertakers, and referendum defeats all feature in the plot.


Colette Loumède
Producer (NFB)
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Colette Loumède

Colette Loumède is a key figure in the world of Canadian documentary film. In her more than 15 years with the NFB, she has produced or co-produced close to 50 films, most of which have been screened at major national and international festivals and won prestigious awards. Her constant search for talent, whether in newcomers or established artists, has led to important contributions in auteur documentary, a form that explores different kinds of narrative approaches to subjects as diverse as investigative geopolitical analysis and stories of complex personal relationships. She has worked at the NFB as producer or co-producer with some of Quebec’s greatest filmmakers: Jacques Godbout (Les héritiers du mouton noir), André Melançon (Printemps fragiles), Serge Giguère (À force de rêves, Le mystère Macpherson), Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie (Trou Story, Le peuple invisible), Patricio Henríquez (Sous la cagoule, un voyage au bout de la torture, Ouïghours, prisonniers de l’absurde), Luc Bourdon (La mémoire des anges, La part du diable), Paule Baillargeon (Trente tableaux), Carole Laganière (Absences), Claude Demers (D’où je viens), Jean-Claude Labrecque (Sur les traces de Maria Chapdelaine), Sophie Deraspe (Le profil Amina), Hugo Latulippe (Alphée des étoiles), Jean-François Caissy (La marche à suivre, Premières armes) and Céline Baril (24 Davids).


Philippe Lefebvre
Editor
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Philippe Lefebvre

Philippe Lefebvre was born in Montreal in 1991. He studied screenwriting and literary creative writing before starting training in post-production for his bachelor’s degree in film at UQAM (2012–2015). While still at the university he edited French et fèves au lard and Gas and Wine Taste the Same (Emmanuelle Lacombe), both of which were selected to screen at several festivals. After completing his studies, he edited Le cri de la marmotte (Colin Nixon), which was selected at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) and won best short documentary at the Festival Regard 2017; Marguerita (Paul Tana); and the web documentary series Savoirfaire (Julien Fréchette). In 2018, he took on the editing of several short fiction films, including Drap contour (Laurence Lévesque) and -21 (Colin Nixon). He joined the NFB first as assistant editor, then as editor; Where the Land Ends (Loïc Darses) is his first feature. He is currently editing the NFB documentary series Ramaillages (Moïse Marcoux-Chabot); he’s also directing a number of film projects, both documentary and fiction, some of them in collaboration with his brother Alexandre Lefebvre (Prends ma main, Je t’aime, je m’en vais and Sur la grande terre).


Charlotte Lacoursière
Director of Photography
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Charlotte Lacoursière

Charlotte Lacoursière is a Montreal-based photographer and director of photography. While she was a student at UQAM, she shot French et fèves au lard, which was selected to screen at several festivals, among them the Festival Regard in Saguenay, the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma and the Air Canada enRoute Film Festival. After completing her university studies she was chosen along with two other recent graduates to take part in the National Film Board’s Repêchage Initiative, and as part of this program she worked on the feature documentary Where the Land Ends.


Louis Turcotte
Director of Photography
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Louis Turcotte

Louis Turcotte first became interested in cinematography and experimental film as a student at the Université de Montréal. After completing his degree in film studies he worked as an intern with director and visual artist Karl Lemieux, assisting at live performances and also with the preparation of Lemieux’s film Ondes et silence. The experience enabled him to establish his own professional visual practice. His next project was creating experimental visual effects for Loïc Darses’ short documentary Elle pis son char. Since then he’s worked as director of photography for music videos and documentary films, and as lighting technician on films and series in both Quebec and the United States. Where the Land Ends (Loïc Darses), produced by the NFB, is his first feature documentary as co-director of photography and designer of experimental visual effects.

Images

Credits

Sibel Ataogul
Jade Barshee
Carl Bergeron
Patricia Boushel
Pierre-Luc Brisson
Lucia Carballo
Catherine Dorion
Jonathan Durand Folco
Mélanie Hotchkiss
Clara L’Heureux-Garcia
Léane Labrèche-Dor
Maïtée Labrecque-Saganash
Aurélie Lanctôt
Alexandre Leduc
Nora Loreto
Jean-François Ruel
Simon-Pierre Savard-Tremblay

Researched, written and directed by
Loïc Darses

Produced by
Colette Loumède

Editing
Philippe Lefebvre

Images
Charlotte Lacoursière
Louis Turcotte

Original Music
Tim Hecker

Sound Design
Marie-Pierre Grenier

Datamoshing
Louis Turcotte

Line Producer
Mélanie Lasnier

Technical Advisor – Camera
Steve Hallé

Additional Camera Assistant
Hubert Auger

Technical Support – Editing
Pierre Dupont
Isabelle Painchaud
Patrick Trahan

Translation and Subtitles
CNST

Titles
Mélanie Bouchard

Online Editing
Yannick Carrier

Sound Recording – Interviews
Geoffrey Mitchell
Luc Léger

Foley
Nicolas Gagnon

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Re-recording
Shelley Craig

Additional Music

SPECTRAL
Composed and performed by
TIM HECKER
With the permission of
WARP PUBLISHING
Appears Courtesy
SUNBLIND MUSIC

HARMONY IN BLUE I
Composed and performed by
TIM HECKER
With the permission of
WARP PUBLISHING
Appears Courtesy
KRANKY, LTD.

BORDERLANDS
Composed and performed by
TIM HECKER
With the permission of
WARP PUBLISHING
Appears Courtesy
KRANKY, LTD.

MUSIC OF THE AIR
Composed and performed by
TIM HECKER
With the permission of
WARP PUBLISHING
Appears Courtesy
PAPER BAG RECORDS INC.

PASSACAGLIA AND FUGUE
IN C MINOR, BWV 582
Composed by J.S. Bach
Performed by Gerhard Zukriegel
Courtesy of
NAXOS OF AMERICA INC.

NO DRUMS
Composed and performed by
TIM HECKER
With the permission of
WARP PUBLISHING
Appears Courtesy
KRANKY, LTD.

UNE LUTTE
Composed by
SIMON CHIOINI

BALKANIZE-YOU
Composed and performed by
TIM HECKER
With the permission of
WARP PUBLISHING
Appears Courtesy
SUNBLIND MUSIC

TRADE WINDS, WHITE HEAT
Composed and performed by
TIM HECKER
With the permission of
WARP PUBLISHING
Appears Courtesy
SUNBLIND MUSIC

HARMONY IN BLUE III
Composed and performed by
TIM HECKER
With the permission of
WARP PUBLISHING
Appears Courtesy
KRANKY, LTD.

AERIAL LIGHT-POLLUTION ORANGE
Composed and performed by
TIM HECKER
With the permission of
WARP PUBLISHING
Appears Courtesy
SUNBLIND MUSIC

DUNGEONEERING
Composed and performed by
TIM HECKER
With the permission of
WARP PUBLISHING
Appears Courtesy
KRANKY, LTD.

INCURABLY OPTIMISTIC!
Composed and performed by
TIM HECKER
With the permission of
WARP PUBLISHING
Appears Courtesy
SUNBLIND MUSIC

BLOOD RAINBOW
Composed and performed by
TIM HECKER
With the permission of
WARP PUBLISHING
Appears Courtesy
KRANKY, LTD.

Thanks to

Simon Beaulieu
Yousra Benziane
Santiago Bertolino
Rosalie Chicoine Perreault
Yann Darses
Yohann Darses
Alexandra de Launière
Amélie Hardy
Patricio Henríquez
Yannick Grandmont
Laurie Laberge
Alexandre Lefebvre
Sylvia Mezei
Colin Nixon
René Roberge
Lucie Tremblay

and

Gilles Groulx
Pierre Vallières

Legal Advisor
Christian Pitchen

Press Relations
Marie-Claude Lamoureux

Marketing Manager
Judith Lessard-Bérubé
Assisted by
Jolène Lessard

Administrator
Sia Koukoulas

Production Coordinators
Chinda Phommarinh
Pascale Savoie-Brideau
Gabrielle Dupont
Rozenn Potin

Technical Coordinator
Mira Mailhot

This film was produced as part of
THE REPÊCHAGE INITIATIVE
with the kind collaboration of the Film Program at
UQAM’S SCHOOL OF MEDIA

We would like to thank
DENIS CHOUINARD,
Head of the Film Program at
UQAM’S SCHOOL OF MEDIA

as well as
DIANE POITRAS AND PAUL TANA
for their invaluable assistance

FRENCH PROGRAM
DOCUMENTARY STUDIO

NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
PRODUCTION

© 2019 NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA



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