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Run Time: 111 minutes
For 40 years Gaby has been the sole proprietor of Bouchards and Sons, an idyllic sheep farm in Canada. There are no sons, however; there are two estranged daughters to whom Gaby is devoted. When Marie, his eldest, informs him she is separated and about to lose her house, Gaby arrives at the painful decision to auction off his farm for the money. He has known nothing else and has nowhere else to go. But once started, the decision is irreversible. Gaby watches the auctioneers begin evaluating the worth of his lifetime's work. His land, his herd, and the daily routines were his world, but they also drove away his wife and alienated his children. Gaby is forced to examine his past and bravely face an uncertain future. Guided by gorgeous cinematography and Gabriel Arcand's quietly commanding performance in THE AUCTION, we follow Gaby as he creates a new world for himself. His journey is one of heart-wrenching decisions, discovering the man deep within and, ultimately, liberation. (In French with subtitles) —C.R.
Payeur Bernadette, Marc Daigle
Michel La Veaux
Gabriel Arcand, Lucie Laurier, Gilles Renaud, Johann-Marie Tremblay, Sophie Desmarais
Sébastien Pilote is a screenwriter, cinematographer, and director. He won the 2011 Silver Gateway Award at the Bombay International Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for "The Salesman." At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, he won the SACD Award for THE AUCTION.
"The Salesman" (2011), THE AUCTION (2013)
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