1999 - Wish You Were Here (Canada,Switzerland)

1999 - Wish You Were Here

1999 - Wish You Were Here

  • Samara Chadwick

Synopsis

At the Mathieu-Martin High School in Moncton (Canada), a wave of suicides hit the class of 1999. Today, Samara returns to the town where she grew up to question her former classmates who, like her, were strongly marked by this tragic episode. So, in the well-known setting of American TV series and other “Teen Movies”, Samara conducts her personal and identity-based investigation. Empty corridors during lessons, rows of metal lockers, and large bay windows that open up onto the snow-covered courtyard on the edge of the forest…  A typical high school in a provincial town in which teenage crisis is perhaps more difficult to get through than elsewhere, and perhaps even more so in this French-speaking town not far from the border with the United States. To bring the ghosts of the past back to life, she brings out old diaries and VHS cassettes of singing in the theatre; all these little things, these memories we cling on to, in sorrow and in grief, in order to regain the energy of life.

Madeline Robert

Length: 90'
Country: Canada, Switzerland
Year: 2018
Language(s): English, French, Chiac
Premiere status at VdR: International Premiere
VdR edition : 2018
Presented as a project at VdR as part of : Pitching du Réel 2016

Production

Office national du film du Canada
Urs Augstburger  (SRF -Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen)
Aline Schmid  (Beauvoir Film)
Sven Wälti  (SRG SSR)
Selin Murat

Sales Contact

Catherine Le Clef
CAT&Docs
cat@catndocs.com
Tel. +33144617748

Screenings

Language(s):  English, French, Chiac
Subtitles:  English, French
  • We 18 April
  • 17:00
Capitole Leone

Followed by a discussion

  • Fr 20 April
  • 13:30