1999

1999

When death haunts a high school in a small town in the late 1990s, everyone is forever transformed. In this gentle, prismatic film, Samara returns to the town she fled as a teen to re-immerse herself in the memories still lurking there, in its spaces and within the dusty boxes of diaries, photos and VHS tapes. 1999 is not a ghost story, but the ghosts are palpable at every turn. The snow-covered streets, the school’s hallways and lockers are preserved as in a dream. The absences left by the relentless teenage suicides still shimmer with questions, trauma and regret. Samara encounters people who are as breathtaking as they are heartbroken, and, finally, 16 years later, the community strengthens itself by sharing the long-silenced memories. Ultimately the film weaves together multiple voices in a collective essay on how grief is internalized—and how, as children, we so painfully learn to articulate our desire to stay alive.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Credits
  • participant
    Natalie Légère
    Samara Grace Chadwick
    Annabelle Gaudet
    Mathieu Wade
    Sarah Brideau
    Ariel Villalon
    Christine Poirier
    Claire Chadwick
    Janelle Arsenault
    Denis Richard
    Siobhan Marie-Curry
    Chrissy Lorette
    Mélanie Chiasson
    Stephen Rouse
    Jean-Michel Vienneau
    Guy Gautreau
    Julien Landry
    Marc-André Léger
    Michelle Furlong
  • writer
    Samara Grace Chadwick
  • director
    Samara Grace Chadwick
  • editor
    Terra Jean Long
  • cinematography
    Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
    Samara Grace Chadwick
  • sound recordist
    Simon Doucet
  • grip
    Simon Doucet
  • original composition
    Cyril Hahn
  • music production
    Gabriel Malenfant
    Vivianne Roy
  • music supervisor
    Adèle Ho
  • sound design
    Marie-Pierre Grenier
  • narrator
    Samara Grace Chadwick
  • archival camera
    Mélanie Chiasson
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke
    Dominic Desjardins
  • producer
    Sarah Spring
    Selin Murat
    Aline Schmid
    Kat Baulu
    Jac Gautreau
  • producer in development
    Maryse Chapdelaine
  • field producer
    Samara Grace Chadwick
  • production assistant
    Ariel Villalon
  • additional camera
    Mathieu Laprise
    Gilles Doiron
    Mario Paulin
    Beny Wagner
  • additional sound
    Georges Hannan
  • additional sound design
    Olivier Alary
    Johannes Malfatti
  • post-production supervision
    Lunera Productions
    Jorge Zavagno
  • post-production house
    Post-Moderne
  • online editor
    Etienne Beaupré
  • assistant editor
    Olivier Deslauriers Prud'homme
  • post-production coordinator
    Jessie-Lee Labonté
    Aïda Eid
  • colorist
    Jean-Baptiste Perrin
  • post-production coordination
    Jean Deppierraz
  • color grading
    Sapristi Studio
  • version editor
    Alex Bergeron
  • additional editing
    Samara Grace Chadwick
  • additional archival VHS footage
    Sarah Brideau
    Isabelle Violette
  • archival photos
    Samara Grace Chadwick
    Claire Chadwick
    Annabelle Gaudet
    Sarah Brideau
  • transcription
    Eric Lebel
    Patrice Castonguay
    Francis Brassard-Lecours
    Stéphanie Bourbeau
    Samara Grace Chadwick
  • translation
    T&S Coop
  • key art
    Claire Chadwick
  • design
    Etienne Beaupré
    Julien Charbonneau
  • accounting
    Gestion RL
    Valérie Turcotte
    Mallette S.E.N.C.R.L.
  • production accountant
    Annick Kammacher
  • legal services
    Remy Khouzam
    Gabriella Rozankovic
  • head of coordination and project support
    Pierre Ferlatte
    Julie Laperrière
  • digital editing technician
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
  • re-recording mixer
    Jean-Paul Vialard
  • festivals and audience development
    Élise Labbé
  • marketing manager
    Charles Pease
    François Jacques
  • publicist
    Patricia Dillon-Moore
    Nadine Viau
    Madeleine Blanchard
  • production coordinator
    Mylène Augustin
    Christine Williams
    Colette Allain
  • program administrator
    Camila Blos
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
    Geneviève Duguay
  • business affairs
    Sophie de Champlain
    Christian Pitchen
    Jean-Claude Wasik
    Mary Graziano

  • None

    So well done. Open and sensitive.

    None, 5 Feb 2020