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Filmed in an experimental infra-red black and white format, "No Trace" was shot in remote locations on the north coast of St. Lawrence River, Québec (Canada), in October/November 2019.

SLAMDANCE GRAND JURY AWARD 2021


In a near future, "N", a woman of indeterminate age, drives her handcar down the tracks. A callous smuggler hardened by life, she guides a pious young woman and her child across the border to safety, unaware that their destinies are inescapably linked in this inhospitable and threatening land.


En un futur proche, « N », une femme sans âge, mène sa draisine sur le chemin de fer. Contrebandière taciturne marquée par la vie, elle guide une jeune femme pieuse et son enfant au-delà de la Frontière, sans savoir que son destin est lié à celle-ci et à ce lieu inhospitalier où une menace diffuse pèse....

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    101 minutes
  • Language
    French
  • Country
    Canada
  • Note
    "No Trace" is a film combining powerful formal desires with existential and philosophical questions that I have been pondering for years. I wanted to respond to this impetus by telling a story that represents a certain quest for meaning based on a sincere need to make sense for myself of the absurdity and the lack of explanations of our modern lives and of the world as it is offered to us. The film is set in a universe that is not completely out of touch with reality, a universe that could be described as uchronia or even dystopian science fiction. However, I insisted on setting this story in a sort of "Quebecness" through the language used and the identity of the main protagonist as well as by anchoring the story in a specific geographic area (the banks of the St. Lawrence river).
  • Director
    Simon Lavoie
  • Producer
    Marcel Giroux (GPA Films)
  • Filmmaker
    Simran Dewan
  • Cast
    Monique Gosselin Nathalie Doummar Victor Andrés Trelles Turgeon Martin Desgagné
  • Editor
    Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
  • Production Design
    Patrick Binette
  • Sound Design
    Pablo Villegas, Patrice Leblanc, Clovis Gouaillier
  • Music
    Jean L’appeau