The Noise of Engines

A FILM BY PHILIPPE GRÉGOIRE

Drama – Canada – 2021 – 79 min
Colour | French with English subtitles | 1.85:1 | 5.1

SYNOPSIS
Alexandre, an instructor at the Canadian customs college, returns home to his small town after his employer places him on compulsory leave. As he forms a new friendship with a female Icelandic drag racer, he finds himself under surveillance by police investigators trying to get to the bottom of the sexually explicit drawings that have been troubling the town.
Cast

Robert Naylor, Tanja Björk, Marie-Thérèse Fortin, Naïla Rabel, Alexandrine Agostini, Marc Beaupré, Maxime Genois

Crew

DIRECTOR : Philippe Grégoire
WRITER : Philippe Grégoire
PRODUCER : Andrew Przybytkowski, Philippe Grégoire (g11c)
CINEMATOGRAPHY : Shawn Pavlin
ART DIRECTION : Suzel D. Smith, Gabrielle Falardeau
SOUND DESIGN & MIXING : Julien Éclancher
EDITING : Kyril Dubé
MUSIC : Joël-Aimé Beauchamp

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Director's notes

The Noise of Engines is my first feature film, and for this reason, it seems important to approach this debut with a gesture of humility. I would have liked to be a young filmmaker full of talent who made a series of successful short films and travelled the world, but that is not my story. I am the son of shopkeepers, and grew up in an agricultural region of Quebec located about twenty kilometres from the Canadian-American border. It is by working as a part-time customs agent at that border that I was able to pay for film school and save enough money to finance my short films. I didn’t like the job, and it is a part of my life that I kept hidden from my film colleagues for a long time. The Douanier Rousseau is certainly the most famous custom agent who also lead a career as an artist, but that remains a rather marginal reality. This first feature film is an opportunity for me to come back on this very singular work experience which took place at a time when I was dreaming of cinema. The Noise of Engines allows me to shed light on a part of my life that I had tried to deny.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY

Philippe Grégoire holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Comparative Literature from the Université de Montréal and a Master’s degree in Communication in the Experimental Media Creation profile from the Université du Québec à Montréal. He also graduated from L’inis in screenwriting. His short films, one man, aquarium and Beep Beep, have been presented in over 110 film festivals and in over 20 different countries.

Philippe Grégoire grew up in Napierville, a small agricultural community 45 kilometers away from Montreal and close to the Canada-United States border. He found a way to pay his film school tuition fees by working as a part-time customs officer and he hated the job. Philippe has dual Canadian and Italian citizenship and, although he once owned a car with big wheels and a spoiler, he never worked at the drag strip of his hometown and his parents were the proud owners of a hardware store. The Noise of Engines is his first feature film and his first autofiction work.

FILMOGRAPHY

ONE MAN | 2016, short film

AQUARIUM | 2013, short film

BEEP BEEP | 2011, short film

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

SAN Sebastián International Film Festival

New Directors — Official Selection 2021

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival

Official Selection 2021

Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival

Official Selection 2021

Raindance Film Festival

Official Selection 2021

Calgary International Film Festival

Official Selection 2021

LA-ROCHE-SUR-YON

International Grand Jury Special Prize

festival du nouveau cinéma

2021 Quebecor Prize

SAO PAULO INTERNATIONAL Film Festival

Official Selection 2021

CUCALORUS FILM FESTIVAL

Official Selection 2021

LOS CABOS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Grand Prize 2021

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