Highway Rest Stop


A film by Isabelle Ingold

Documentary / 55 min / 2016

This film traces out the portrait of a motorway rest area located in the countryside in the North of France. It looks like a dream, filled with the whispering thoughts and the lives of those who work here, as well as those who are just passing through. It is also a very concrete place, a perfect spot to observe today’s Europe, the violence carried by the free competition of a single market, the nostalgia carried by uprooted lives, and all the solitude engendered by our modern world.

Written and directed by Isabelle Ingold  /  Produced by Delphine Schmit – Perspective films

Festivals :

  • Premiere at the Brive Film Festival, France
  • Winner of l’Acharnière Prize and René Vautier Prize at the L’Acharnière festival in Lille, France
  • Rencontres Cinémaginaire, Argelès-sur-mer, France
  • Rencontres du documentaire de Mellionnec, France
  • Salento International Film Festival, Italy
  • Duhok International Film Festival, Iraki Kurdistan
  • Images mouvementées Festival (organized by ATTAC), France
  • Les Rendez-vous de l’Histoire Festival, Blois, France
  • Best Documentary Feature Film at the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival
  • “This human world” International Human Rights Film Festival in Vienna, Austria
  • Mention of the jury in the “Ethnographic” section at the IntimaLente ethnographic film festival, in Caserte, Italy
  • Best documentary at the Nunes International Festival of Cinema, in Barcelona, Spain
  • International Ethnographic Film Festival of Recife, Brazil
  • “BudaFest” Budapest Film Festival, Hungary
  • Delhi International Film Festival, India
  • Ethnografilm festival in Paris
  • FIFEQ -International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec, in Québec City (Canada)

Image Vivianne Perelmuter et Isabelle Ingold / Sound Antoine Corbin et Benjamin Bober / Editor Bruno Barbay et François Sculier / Music Romain Kronenberg – Patrick Lerchmüeller & Nicolas Puaux / Sound editor Jocelyn Robert / Sound editor’s assistant Juliette Heintz-Bouilloux / Colour grading Nicolas Straseele / Sound mix  Simon Lebel / Special effects Christine Laurain / Translation  Engin Aycicek, Joanna Grabek, Rina Grasset, Simina Ghit, Antoaneta Karabov, Olena Osypova, Sijia Pan, Elena Ramkina / Production assistants  Yasmina Tamer et Alexy Grzelak / Production administration  Anne Raymond

Technical means  France Télévisions Direction des opérations Filière Production / Post-production supervisor  Virginie Maillet assisted by Juliette Pierens

Co-production with  France 3 et France 3 Picardie – Regional representative Didier Cagny – Broadcasting administration Max Vanacker assisted by Catherine Maton – Documentary Unit Clémence Coppey – Programs advisor Florence Jammot.

With the support of the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’image animée (COSIP), the Picardie Region and the SCAM (Brouillon d’un rêve).