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)
  • Riga Pasaules Film Festival, Riga (Lettonie)
  • Ethnographic Film Festival, Rovinj (Croatie)
  • Festival Internazionale del cinema documentario Marcellino de Baggis, à Tarente (Italie)
  • ConstruirCine – Labor International Film Festival, Buenos Aires (Argentine) : Second price of the best feature documentary
  • Audience howard au StarDoc International Film Festival, Los Angeles
  • In competition au Docuxixion (Gijón, Galicie)
  • MARFICI, Mar de la Plata(Argentine)
  • Doc’s en Goguette, Genouilly (77, France)
  • Rencontres Ad Hoc, Mirabel et Blacons (Drôme)
  • EPA CINE – Festival Internacional de Cine independiente de El Palomar (Argentine)
  • Price of the best foreign short documentary film, à l’Indie Gathering (États-Unis)
  • Mediterranean Film Festival (Bosnie-Herzégovine)
  • Interférences de Lyon (France)
  • Festival International du Cinéma Numérique de Cotonou (Bénin)
  • Ciudades Reveladas – Muestra Internacional de Cine y Ciudad (Argentine)
  • Byron Bay Film Festival (Australie)
  • Exile Film Festival (Suède)
  • Athens Ethnographic Film Festival – Ethnofest (Grèce)
  • Madurai Film Festival, à Madurai (Inde)
  • German International Ethnographic Film Festival (Allemagne)
  • Cabo Verde International Film Festival – CVIFF (Cap Vert)
  • Rencontres du CCPPO, Bezançon (France)
  • Rencontres Cinécroque, Paris (France)
  • Rencontres d’ATTAC au café de la Commune d’Aligre, Paris (France)
  • Festival Toi, Moi & co, Paris (France)
  • Festival du SIEF, Göttingen (Allemagne)
  • Festival Bobines Rebelles (France)
  • Festival International de Films Anthropologique de Riga (Lettonie)
  • Rencontres de Laignes (France)
  • Durban International Film Festival (Afrique du Sud)
  • Mois du Documentaire, Verneuil-sur-Avre (France)
  • Festival Night of the Militant Film, Lyon (France)
  • Construir Cine – International Labor Film Festival, Buenos Aires (Argentine)
  • Finnish Anthropological Society Conference (Finlande)
  • LabexWeek Futurs Urbains
  • Apricot Tree International Documentary Film Festival (Arménie)
  • Semana Internacional de Cine de Autor de Lugo (Espagne)
  • International Ethno Film Festival The Heart of Slavonia

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).