The Sound of Trees

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Canada (Québec) | 2015 | 78 minutes | François Péloquin

A raw, poignant, finely detailed portrait of a Québécois teenager who, over one long summer, will do anything—drugs, girls, theft—to escape his bucolic life and evade his fate to inherit his father's sawmill.

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Seventeen-year-old Jérémie "Jay" Otis dreams of a better life away from Gaspésie, the small Québécois town he calls home, and this summer is giving him no respite. Now that his brother has married and moved out, Jay has few options: work with his father Régis at the family sawmill, help his friend Francis at a dairy farm, or screw around with his buddies getting high, chasing girls, sneaking onto junkyards, and having bonfires by the Saint Lawrence River. As the sun burns hotter and brighter by the day, Régis weighs selling the sawmill while Jay encounters moral, social, and familial obstacles both large and small, finding himself caught between present and future, between the forest and the river. Writer/director François Péloquin, who hails from the same region of Canada, creates a debut film deeply anchored in his own culture, using both Jay and his father's narratives to chronicle the tension between bucolic, traditional Gaspésie and the encroachment of a more technological, materialist world further south; as Péloquin describes it, Jay "slowly abandons the natural elements that forged his identity" while Régis struggles in vain to retain his own, transferring paternal grief into vengeful, potentially violent urges. The Sound of Trees is a tremendous high-wire act, both warm and raw, finely detailed and universal, short in duration but long on poignancy.

Director Biography
French-Canadian director François Péloquin makes his feature-film debut with The Sound of Trees. He also directs documentary series, music videos, commercials, visual designs for the stage, and short films. His past credits include L'amour domestique, Les derniers jours de juin, and L'or du silence. He discovered his love of filmmaking as a videographer for Radio-Canada.

Sponored by Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles, Canada-America Society, Canadian Studies Center, Consulate General of Canada

  • Original Language Title: Le Bruit des Arbres
  • Director: François Péloquin
  • Principal Cast: Antoine l’Ecuyer, Roy Dupuis, Willia Ferland-Tanguay, Rémi Goulet, Charles-Emile Lafleur
  • Premiere Status: US Premiere
  • Country: Canada (Québec)
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 78 minutes
  • Producer: Ziad Touma
  • Screenplay: Sarah Lévesque, François Péloquin
  • Cinematographers: François Messier-Rheault
  • Editors: Martin Bourgault, Aube Foglia, Simon Sauvé
  • Music: Mimi Allard
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Vancouver International Film Festival 2015 (Emerging Canadian Director Award), Les Percèides Film Festival 2015 (Special Jury Prize)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: French
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Alpha Violet