A Man wakes up on a bus. Everybody is gone. Night has fallen. He gets off. He is alone. The bus has stopped at the edge of a forest. On both sides, the road is veiled by darkness. Sounds are coming from the forest. Forest sounds at night. After much hesitation, the Man enters the forest, disappearing into the darkness.Continental stages four characters whose lives will subtly intertwine because of that disappearance. Lucette, the Man’s wife who stubbornly awaits his return. Louis, a young estranged father whose relationship with his wife is going through confusing times. Chantal, a hotel receptionist who dreams of sharing her life with someone else. Marcel, an ex-gambler confronting the realities of aging. So told separately, these stories end up by intersecting and mirroring each other.A bitter sweet black comedy, Continental sets a new perspective on the vulnerability of individuals and the fragile link that unites people to their neighbors.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
In the last 10 years, Stéphane Lafleur has contributed to the creation of more than 30 independent short films. He is notably one of the founding members of the Kino movement.In 1999, his film Karaoké is selected at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal and at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it earns a Jury’s Special Mention. Karaoké also wins the Public Award, the Directors’ Award, and a Jury’s Special Mention at the festival Proje(c)t Y dedicated to short films made in Quebec.In 2002, snooze is chosen to open the Rendez-vous du cinema québécois. The film also travels to the Toronto International Film Festival and to the Namur International Film Festival.Furthermore, his latest short film Claude distinguishes itself on the festival circuit, such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, as well as Berlin’s Interfilm.Stéphane Lafleur regularly works as an editor for various TV productions. He is notably behind the editing of the cutting-edge TV show Les Francs-Tireurs, broadcasted on Télé-Québec, as well as the fiction TV serie François en série. In addition, he participated in more than ten documentaries, including the vibrant Manon and La famille Hilton, for which he was subsequently nominated at the Gala des prix Gémeaux. He also collaborated in many award-winning videos, including those from bands Les Trois Accords, Malajube and Les Cowboys Fringants.Continental is his first feature film.