The World and the Machine

Presentation of the film as part of the Soulever les murs event at Recto verso at Complexe Méduse in 2021, at the Festival Cinema on the Bayou in Lafayette in 2023, at the Festival Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma in 2023, at the Athens Digital Arts Festival in 2023, at Paraloeil in Rimouski in 2023

Winter. Roland, 91, walks in a field as wide as the eye can see, borders disappearing. He is alone in the white, grey, and brown-toned landscape. While walking, Roland thinks about the world he has known in the past, the one he lives in presently, and the one he imagines in the future. He has a discussion with himself about his life experiences in the 20th and 21st centuries. His thoughts wander and he ponders societal transformations, human relations, technologies and machines. Over the course of his walk, tension emerges. A change in perspective takes place. As a crow flies, he becomes prey. He is watched and monitored. It is then that he meets and confronts his fear.

Directed by Jean-François Côté
Performer Roland Lepage
Narrators Roland Lepage and Claudiane Ruelland
Screenplay Martin Bureau and Jean-François Côté
Director of Photography Martin Bureau and Émile Bureau
Editor Émile Bureau
Original Score Patrick Watson
Sound Designer Olivier Calvert
Sound Recordist Nady Larchet
Dramaturgy and Creative Assistant Ginelle Chagnon
Drone Operator David Paré
Drone Operator's Assistant Steve Renaud
Colorist Julie Pelletier
Visual Effects Emile Bureau
Produced by Jean-François Côté
Production Manager Geneviève Martel
Translation Laurence Giguère
Special thanks
Mélanie Bédard, Carol-Ann Belzil Normand, Catherine Benoit, Louis Blackburn, Jeanne Couture, Vincent Deschênes, Geneviève Desmeules, Branka Kopecki, Carl-Dave Lagotte, Jean-François Lahos, Sébastien Merckling, Robin Miranda, Slobodan Radosavljevic, Claudine Thériault, François Vallée, the Municipality of St-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Parc national de la Vallée de la Jacques-Cartier
With the financial support of
Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
In coproduction with
Recto Verso, Spira, La chambre blanche, La Bande Vidéo
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