The Noise of Engines

Le bruit des moteurs

Director: Philippe Grégoire
Country: Canada

German Premiere
2021 | 79 min. | French
Subtitles: English, German

Cast_ Robert Naylor, Tanja Björk, Marie-Thérèse Fortin, Naïla Rabel Screenplay_ Philippe Grégoire Camera_ Shawn Pavlin Producer_ Andrew Przybytkowski, Philippe Grégoire Rights_ H264 Distribution

One man takes on the whole world. Philippe Grégoire's subversive offbeat grotesque dissects notions of morality.

A harmless training exercise at Canadian customs snowballs into a comedy of absurd situations. An unfortunate sexual mishap results in officer Alexandre being suspended from duty. An encounter with a charismatic racing driver becomes the turning point at which the young man is able to fully question the boomer generation’s systemic constraints and indoctrinated truths about sexuality, morality and identity. This witty blend of social satire and coming-of-age story situated between Quentin Dupieux and Denis Côté has established Philippe Grégoire as a talented voice of Canadian cinema. Grégoire navigates intelligently through his somnambulistic excess and instils a longing for what really matters: being honest with oneself.Presented by Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal.


The short films by Canadian Philippe Grégoire, ›Beep Beep‹ (2011), ›Aquarium‹ (2013) and ›One Man‹ (2016), have been screened at festivals around the world. With his autobiographically tinged feature-film debut ›The Noise of Engines‹ Grégoire was invited to enter the New Directors competition at the San Sebastián Film Festival.


  • Friday 12.11.202118:45HeidelbergHDGloria
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