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Director
Sébastien Pilote

Filmography
2007 Dust Bowl Ha! Ha! (short)
2011 The Salesman/Le Vendeur

Biography
He was born in 1973. After earning his degree in Art and Film (Université du Québec), he worked as a programmer for the “Regard sur le court métrage” short film festival in Saguenay and as a director of television news reports. In 2007, he directed Dust Bowl Ha! Ha!, a short film that earned him acclaim at numerous festivals. It won several awards, including the AQCC (Quebec Film Critics’ Association) award, best short (Louve d’argent) at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal. The Salesman is his first feature.

International Competition

The Salesman / Sébastien Pilote

In a small and snowy Quebecoise town, 67-year-old widower Marcel leads a tranquil, content life, revolving around his work as a car salesman, and his daughter and grandson, with whom he shares a loving, tender relationship. The closing down of the local paper plant, leaving hundreds of the community’s residents without work, serves as backdrop; to their plight, Marcel is only an external observer. Gradually, however, the quotidian calm is shattered for more and more souls, and when a personal tragedy affects Marcel, his existence becomes emotionally and inextricably linked with the laid-off employees, whose own lives have been obliterated by the turn of events. Impressive for its assured and effortless directorial hand and for all that it accomplishes with the simplest of means, Pilote’s debut establishes an entrancing rhythm and rouses genuine emotion.


Director:Sébastien Pilote
Script:Sébastien Pilote
Cinematography:Michel La Veaux
Editing:Michel Arcand
Sound:Gilles Corbeil, Olivier Calvert, Stéphane Bergeron
Music:Pierre Lapointe, Philippe Brault
Art Direction:Mario Hervieux
With:Gilbert Sicotte (Marcel Lévesque), Nathalie Cavezzali (Maryse), Jérémy Tessier (Antoine), Jean-François Boudreau (François Paradis), Pierre Leblanc (the sales manager)
World Sales:Seville Pictures, Canada T. +1 514 841 1910 F. +1 514 841 8030 internationalsales@sevillepictures.com www.sevillepictures.com
Producer:Bernadette Payeur, Marc Daigle
Production:Corporation Acpav Inc., Canada T. +1 514 849 2281 F. +1 514 849 9487 info@acpav.ca www.acpav.ca
Production Country:Canada
Format:35mm Color
Duration:107'
Production Year:2011
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 15:00 | ID:613
FRIDA LIAPPA:Friday, November 11, 2011 - 17:15 | ID:744
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