Exile to the Wild West Sophie Fortier 2017

Exile to the Wild West

Sophie Fortier / 2017 / 60 min. / Canada / FRENCH, ENGLISH / FRENCH SUBS , ENGLISH SUBS


Canada, Iqaluit…
They arrive on an island of rock, close to the arctic circle, with the desire to start over. The Great North is supposed to be a place where their lives can lay fallow. The hope is to eventually leave and begin anew. Instead, they cannot leave. They never leave.

Regardless of whence they came, or what they did, they are now taxi drivers in a city surrounded by impenetrable snow. Alone behind the wheel, they drive night and day in literal circles around the “ring road”, a loop of asphalt around ten kilometers long. The hours are long, and the redundancy is broken only by the time spent thinking of the life that awaits them back south.

Exile to the Far West is a story of solitude and hope set in a frozen land.

Cast & Crew

Production: Périphéria Productions // Philip Kalin-Hajdu // Yanick Létourneau
Screenplay: Sophie Fortier
Cinematographer: Donat Chabot
Editor: Aube Foglia et Catherine Legault
Music: Christ
Sound: Patrice Leblanc
Sound mix: Luc Bouchard







Sophie Fortier was born in an agricultural village no bigger than a handkerchief. Her childhood was rocked by marmot hunting, BMX treks and Bazooka gum. As a child, she dreamed of writing and traveling the world, fascinated by all those humans living in parallel. Today, she is a director and screenwriter for television and cinema. His latest documentary film is Exile in the Wild West. She likes to say that she knits all her projects by hand with the meticulousness of a watchmaker.


- 2018 -
University Blaise-Pascal Prize / Traces de Vie, France

- 2019 -
In Competition | Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois et Francophone à Vancouver, Canada
In Competition | Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma, Canada
In Competition | Festival des Films du Monde de Sherbrooke, Canada


- 2018 -
University Blaise-Pascal Prize / Traces de Vie, France


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