Before the streets

SYNOPSIS

Young Shawnouk kills a man during a robbery and flees into the forest. Deciding to return to his atikamekw village in Québec (canada), he tries to redeem himself using traditional cleansing rituals.

BEFORE THE STREETS celebrates a revival of native culture and its traditions, as embodied by the very actors who participated in the film. The first dramatic feature shot in the native language of atikamekw, the film boasts a cast composed almost entirely of non-professionals living and working in the villages where the film was shot. The story takes place in manawan, while a forest fire closes in on the nearby vill age of wemotaci.

First-time feature director Chloé Leriche made BEFORE THE STREETS with the collaboration of Québec’s three atikamekw communities, in drawing on all the vitality they embody. By following the pacing of her non-professional actors, she created a distinct style that goes beyond notions of the north-american indie genre and recent media reports on the dismal conditions in canada’s native communities.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

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Writor, director, editor, producer

Self-taught, Chloé Leriche has written, directed, edited and produced a number of short films since 2001. She works in both fiction and art video. Her work has screened on TV, in museums and at numerous festivals. Starting in 2004 she collaborated in the creation of a large number of shorts as part of Vidéo Paradiso, working with street kids in Montréal and teaching them to use video. She then joined the team of Wapikoni Mobile in encouraging young people from different native communities in Québec and Ontario to express themselves by means of documentaries and music videos. During this period she began writing the script for BEFORE THE STREETS, her début fiction feature, made with the support of the three Atikamekw communities in Québec, and produced with Les Films de l’autre.

Rykko Bellemare
Kwena Bellemare Boivin
Jacques Newashish
Martin Dubreuil
Janis Ottawa

WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER
Chloé Leriche

LINE PRODUCER
Ziad Touma

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Glauco Bermudez

ART DIRECTOR
Frédéric Devost

COSTUME DESIGNER
Yola Van Leeuwenkamp

MAKE-UP ARTIST / HAIR STYLIST
Marie Salvado

1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Catherine Lachance

EDITOR
Chloé Leriche

EDITING COLLABORATOR
Natalie Lamoureux

SOUND
Martyne Morin

SOUND DESIGNER AND EDITING
Sylvain Bellemare

RE-RECORDING MIXER
Stéphane Bergeron

ORIGINAL SCORE
Robert Marcel Lepage

ATIKAMEKW SONGS
Northern Voice

SONGS
Shauit, The Posterz, A Tribe Called Red

AWARDS:

American Indian Award show, États-Unis – Best Film
American Indian Award show, États-Unis – Best Supporting Actress Kwena Bellemare Boivin
Whistler Film Festival 2016, Canada – Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature
Whistler Film Festival 2016, Canada – Best Director Chloé Leriche
Whistler Film Festival 2016, Canada – AWFJ EDA Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature Chloé Leriche
Whistler Film Festival 2016, Canada – Best Performance in a Borsos Film – Mention à Rykko Bellemare
Prix Découverte de la Directors Guild of Canada
Torino International Film Festival, Italie – Prix Premio Interfedi
Torino International Film Festival, Italie – Mention honorable Prix Gandhi
Seattle International Film Festival, États-Unis – New Directors Competition, Special Jury mention
Carrousel International du Film de Rimouski, Canada – Mention spéciale du Jury
Festival International de Ciné de San Christobal de Las Casas, Mexique – Mention honorable

FESTIVALS :

Berlinale – 66th Berlin International Film Festival (Allemagne 2016)
Seattle International Film Festival (Etats-Unis 2016)
Festival International du Film Francophone de Tübingen-Stuggart (Allemagne 2016)
Carrousel International du Film de Rimouski (Canada 2016)
Whistler Film Festival (Canada 2016)
Torino International Film Festival (Italie 2016)
American Indian Film Festival (Etats-Unis 2016)
Festival International de Ciné de San Christobal de Las Casas (Mexique 2016)
Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois (Canada 2016)
Festival du Film de la Rochelle (France 2016)
FilmFestival Mooov (Belgique 2016)
Eurasian International Film Festival (Kazakhstan 2016)
Cinefest Sudbury (Canada 2016)
Festival do Rio (Brésil 2016)
Festival de Cinéma de Douarnenez (France 2016)
Kaohshuing Film Festival (Taiwan)
Festival Chinois de Montréal (Canada)
Muestra Internacional de Ciné Indigena de Venezuela (Venezuela)

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Drama
Canada
Atikamewk with french subtitles
97 min
2016
Color
Format: 16:9
Sound: 5.1
Copies : DCP, BluRay, Digital file
Régie:

general

PHOTOS GALLERY

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