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TIFF Trailer: Summit Circle

If you live outside of the Canadian province of Quebec there is a one percent chance that you may have heard of this French-Canadian filmmaker. His films emotionally shake viewers to the core and not surprisingly, Bernard Émond

If you live outside of the Canadian province of Quebec there is a one percent chance that you may have heard of this French-Canadian filmmaker. His films emotionally shake viewers to the core and not surprisingly, Bernard Émond seems to have a not so difficult time into getting his films into prestigious world film festivals and leaving with his luggage case full of awards.

Despite the language issues, his themes are universal his why his latest feature Contre Toute Espérance (Summit Circle) is selected for the In Competition slot at this year’s Locarno film festival and the film will also be featured at the Toronto film festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section.


This week we offer the trailer for the film that will play at both
Toronto and Locarno film festivals.   To view the trailer click on the poster image below.   

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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