Scene from the film Exile to the Wild West
Scene from the film Exile to the Wild West
Scene from the film Exile to the Wild West
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Exile to the Wild West

  • Canada
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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.


  • Original title
    Exile to the Wild West
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Sophie Fortier
  • DOP
    Donat Chabot
  • Editing
    Aube Foglia, Catherine Legault
  • Music
  • Sound
    Sophie Fortier
  • Duration
    60 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois et francophone à Vancouver, canada
    • RVQC, Montréal, Québec
    • Festival des films du monde de Sherbrooke, Québec
  • Awards
    • Trace de vie - Prix Université Blaise-Pascal is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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