THE ROAR OF THEIR ENGINES

A FILM BY JASON TODD & CHARLES-ÉMILE LAFRANCE

Documentary Short Film – Canada – 2021 –  17 min
Color | Turkish | 16:9| 5.1

SYNOPSIS

The roar of their engines is a short documentary film set in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a territory that still bears the scars of an ongoing 50 years-old conflict, where peace talks are at a standstill. Meanwhile, the Turkish-Cypriot population is aging, silently and away from the spotlight, on disputed and over-militarized lands. This war no longer concerns them.

Cast

Tahir Cesurer, Tansel Kanara, Ramadan Zade, Hasan Garabet, Fadime Kızılgedik, Münevver Ersun & Kemal Ersun

Crew

DIRECTOR : Jason Todd & Charles-Émile Lafrance
WRITER : Jason Todd & Charles-Émile Lafrance
PRODUCERS : Jason Todd (Fjord Films)
CINEMATOGRAPHY : Jennifer Pitoscia
SOUND DESIGN : Antoine Pigeon
SOUND MIXING : Jean Paul Vialard
EDITING : Jason Todd & Charles-Émile Lafrance
MUSIC : Ilyaa Ghafouri

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

‘’Time behaves differently here’’. We had heard that one before and we heard it again when filming The Roar of their Engines. Our perception of time is shaped by many different factors, social and cultural ones, that’s no secret. Mediterranean cultures tend to have a slower, more down-to-earth tempo compared to our North-American fast way of life. We also knew that, but Turkish Cypriots living in the de facto state of Northern Cyprus, which is only accessible by a few checkpoint-littered roads, are really on a world of their own. That. We didn’t fully understand until we got there.

The making of this movie was initially fueled by our desire to explore Cyprus’ landscape and how a 50 years-old ongoing conflict had impacted that landscape; effectively turning portions of the island into time capsules, frozen since 1974. Quickly though, when filming, we came across an unexpected element that acted as another reminder that this conflict was indeed not over : a heavy militarized presence wherever we went. Helicopters and jets flying by, military trucks, war cries and training sessions interrupting our shooting schedule many times, up to a point that we decided to incorporate these to our sound design, and make it the center of our story.

The end result is a subtle and tender portrait of a region and its inhabitants where past and present-time seems to blend into one another, as if the sun under which Turkey and Greece fought 50 years ago has still never set on the horizon.

Jason Todd - Realisateur/Director
DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY
JASON TODD

Jason is an emerging filmmaker based in Montreal, Canada. Having had the chance, early in his career, to work with established experimental filmmakers like Karl Lemieux, he grew a desire to tackle narrative and documentary filmmaking with an experimental mindset. He embraces mistakes, improvisation is an essential part of his creative process and taking risks is one of his primary sources of motivation. The Roar of their Engines (2021) is his first short documentary.

FILMOGRAPHY

THE ROAR OF THEIR ENGINES | 2021, 16 min.
Documentary

MÉMOIRES BLANCHES | 2017, 5 min.
Experimental

Charles-Émile Lafrance - Réalisateur/Director
DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY
CHARLES-ÉMILE LAFRANCE

Charles-Émile Lafrance is a Montreal-based independent filmmaker. Having completed a degree in Film Studies at University of Montreal in 2017, he immediately started directing his first documentary film : Forest code (2020). The roar of their engines (2021) is his first co-production experience and certainly not his last.

FILMOGRAPHY

THE ROAR OF THEIR ENGINES | 2021, 16 min.
Documentary

FOREST CODE | 2020, 63 min.
Documentary

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