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A young boy discovers a family in the woods while playing and begins to question the purpose of his father’s militia, in Pier-Philippe Chevigny’s provocative, nuanced portrayal of a child’s unsettling encounter with the full implications of his family’s ideology.



Producer: Geneviève Gosselin-G
Director: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Writer: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Production Company: Unité Centrale
Distribution: h264 distribution

Festivals & Awards

  • Talents Tout Court – Cannes, 2019
  • Toronto International Film Festival – Shorts Cut, 2019
  • Festival international du film francophone de Namur, 2019
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, 2019
  • Festival Plein(s) Écran(s), 2020
  • Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma (RVQC), 2020
  • Busan International Short Film Festival, 2020
  • REGARD, Saguenay International Short Film Festival, 2020
  • NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Monthly Film Festival, 2020
    *RÉALS Award for l’ARRQ for best short film
  • Tirana IFF, 2020
    *Golden Owl, Best Short Film (Oscar-Qualifying)
  • Social World Film Festival, 2020
    *Golden Spike, Best Short Film
    *Best editing, Youth Jury
  • DC Shorts, 2020
    *Audience Award
  • Off-Courts Trouville, 2020
  • Rincon International Film Festival, 2020
    *Director’s Choice – Best cinematography for narrative short film
  • Short to the Point, 2020
    *Best Dramatic Film
  • Festival du Cinéma International d’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, 2020
  • Gala Prends ça court !, 2020
    *SARTEC Award for Best Screenplay
  • Cinema on the Bayou, 2021
  • Stockholm International Film Festival Junior, 2021
  • [+ than 130 festivals and +30 awards]

The Director

Pier-Philippe Chevigny

Pier-Philippe Chevigny  is a filmmaker from Montreal, Quebec. His films combine anxiety-inducing camerawork and suspenseful scripts based on contemporary social issues. In 2019, his short film Rebel was an international success : over 130 festival selections (including TIFF, Busan, Namur, Stockholm, Vladivostok) and 30 awards including the Oscar-Qualifying Golden Owl Award at Tirana. His first feature Richelieu, completed in 2023, is currently enjoying a similar success on the Festival circuit, with prestigious selections at Karlovy Vary, Tribeca, Palm Springs, Fantasia, Vancouver, Athens and Namur where it won the Bayard for Best First Feature. Pier-Philippe has several projects in development at Le Foyer Films, including his follow-up feature.