The Demons (2015 film)

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The Demons
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Les Démons
Directed by Philippe Lesage
Produced by Philippe Lesage
Galilé Marion-Gauvin
Written by Philippe Lesage
Starring Édouard Tremblay-Grenier
Laurent Lucas
Pascale Bussières
Music by Pye Corner Audio[1]
Cinematography Nicolas Canniccioni
Edited by Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
Les Films de l'Autre
Productions Unité centrale
Distributed by FunFilm Distribution Inc.
Release date
Running time
118 minutes
Country Canada
Language French

The Demons (French: Les Démons) is a 2015 Canadian drama film, written and directed by Philippe Lesage.[2]

Based in part on Lesage's own childhood, the film stars Édouard Tremblay-Grenier as Félix, a ten-year-old boy living with his family in a quiet suburb of Montreal who is prone to excessive worry.[3] As a series of child abductions begins to grip the town, however, his vague and needless fears begin to give way to something much more real.[4]

The film's cast also includes Laurent Lucas, Pascale Bussières, Victoria Diamond, Vassili Schneider, Sarah Mottet, Théodore Pellerin and Pier-Luc Funk.[3]

The film was shot in August/September 2014 in Montreal and vicinity.[1]

The film premiered in September 2015 at the San Sebastian Film Festival.[4] It was released in the province of Quebec (on 8 screens) on 30 October 2015.[1] In December, the film was announced as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's annual Canada's Top Ten screening series of the ten best Canadian films of the year.[5]

The film was nominated for the 2016 Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award at the Gothenburg Film Festival.[6]

The film was selected in Guy Lodge's Top Ten Films of 2015 in Variety, and in the Toronto International Film Festival Canada's Top Ten.

The Quebec Film Critic Association honoured the film with its two annual awards: Best Canadian film of 2015 and Best Film from the International Competition of the Montreal Film Festival of New Cinema.

In April 2016, Les Démons received the Breaking the Waves award for Best Film at the Titanic International Film Festival of Budapest.

In May 2016, Les Démons received the Golden Gate New Directors Prize at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2015: Critic Award (AQCC) for Best Film, International Competition, Festival of New Cinema, 2015
  • 2016: Canada's Top Ten, Toronto International Film Festival
  • 2016: Nomination for Best Film, Gala du Cinema Quebecois
  • 2016: Nomination for Best Director, Gala du Cinéma Québécois
  • 2016: Gilles-Carles Award for Best First or Second feature fiction film
  • 2016: Luc-Perreault Award / AQCC for Best Film from Quebec""
  • 2016: Nomination for Best Motion Picture, Canadian Screen Awards
  • 2016: Nomination for Best achievement in Directing, Canadian Screen Awards
  • 2016: Nomination for The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award
  • 2016: Titanic Award for Best Film, International Competition, Budapest
  • 2016: Golden Gate New Director Prize, San Francisco International Film Festival


  1. ^ a b c "Démons, Les – Film de Philippe Lesage". Films du Québec. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Philippe Lesage explores his childhood fears in Les Démons". Montreal Gazette, October 25, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "'The Demons' ('Les Demons'): San Sebastian Review". The Hollywood Reporter, September 30, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "San Sebastian Film Review: ‘The Demons’". Variety, September 26, 2015.
  5. ^ "TIFF reveals Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival line-up". The Globe and Mail, December 8, 2015.
  6. ^ "And the nominees are..." Göteborg Film Festival. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.

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