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The Auction

 

Director_ Sebastien PILOTE
 
Canada 2013 111min DCP color feature
Review

Directed by Sebastien Pilote who became a rising star in cinema quebecois with his strong debut film The Salesman, The Auction tells a story of Gaby spending the rest of his elderly life raising sheep after his two daughters went away to Montreal.

His younger daughter, Frederique, is trying to make it as an actress. Marie, the elder, asks him for a loan to recover her husband´s business. After a great deal of consideration, he decides to liquidate his property, his farm and land, and move to an apartment in the city.

The Auction, like his previous work, is an anthem for beautiful losers. Describing the dismantling of idyllic past, the film maintains respect for a man struggling silently to keep human dignity.

The pastoral scenery and the score of country music that touches heartstrings run through the film to depict the beauty of all the things which fade away. The performance of Gabriel Arc, played Gaby, is magnificent. The film won the Grand-Prix from SACD Award in Cannes Film Festival 2013.

CREDIT
  • DirectorSebastien PILOTE
  • ScreenplaySebastien PILOTE
  • ProducerBernadette PAYEUR, Marc DAIGLE
  • CinematographyMichel La VEAUX
  • MusicSerge Nakaushi PELLETIER
  • EditorStephane LAFLEUR
  • Art DirectorMario HERVIEUX
CastGabriel ARCAND, Gilles RENAUD, Lucie LAURIER, Sophie DESMARAIS
DIRECTOR
Sébastien PILOTE
 
Born in 1973 in Quebec. Studied Art and Film at University of Quebec at Chicoutimi. His first short, Dust Bowl Ha! Ha!(2007) was selected for the Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals. First feature, Le Vendeur(2011) was shown at more than 60 festivals including Sundance. The film won three FIPRESCI awards was also named to the Canada's top ten list in Toronto.
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