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.
- Director and Writer samara chadwick
- Featuring: Natalie Légère, Samara Grace Chadwick, Annabelle Gaudet, Mathieu Wade, Sarah (Marylou) 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
- Editing Terra Jean Long
- Cinematography Pablo Alvarez-Mesa & Samara Grace Chadwick
- Sound Recordist & Grip Simon Doucet
- Produced by Sarah Spring & Selin Murat (Parabola Films) Aline Schmid (Beauvoir Films, Switzerland) and Kat Baulu & Jac Gautreau (NFB)
- Executive Producer (NFB) Annette Clark & Dominic Desjardins
- Music by Cyril Hahn
- Sound design Marie-Pierre Grenier
- Post Production Supervisor Jorge Zavagno
- Music Production Gabriel Malenfant & Vivianne Roy
Canadian Distribution: National Film Board of Canada
International Distribution: Cat & Docs
Swiss Distribution: Xenix