80 min., Documentary, Québec, Canada, 2023
Directed byLaurence Turcotte-Fraser & Priscillia Piccoli
Produced byDominique Dussault, Laurence Turcotte-Fraser, Priscillia Piccoli - Fraser Films
LanguagesFrench, English
Short descriptionMontreal — one of the few remaining affordable cities in North America — is now in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. An intimate portrait of socio-political resistance, this multilayered film explores the human impact of real estate speculation on the cities of tomorrow.
Film subjects Portraits , Society , Urban Planning

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Université Laval — Québec


Thursday, 22 February 2024

Free screening - In presence of Laurence Turcotte-Fraser

Théâtre Outremont — Montréal


Monday, 04 March 2024
Ciné-Club du Quartier de la Salle Pauline-Julien — Sainte-Geneviève


Monday, 18 March 2024

In presence of Laurence Turcotte-Fraser

Film details


Montreal, Canada. One of North America’s last remaining affordable cities is now in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. As a result, the face of homelessness is visibly changing. “Renovictions” are on the rise while demand in homeless day centres explodes. In the Plateau Mont-Royal — a neighbourhood synonymous with gentrification — a 90-unit building named Manoir Lafontaine becomes the symbol of renoviction resistance in Quebec. An intimate portrait of a socio-political crisis, this multilayered film explores the human impact of real estate speculation on the cities of tomorrow.



Cinematography : Laurence Turcotte-Fraser

Editing : Laurence Turcotte-Fraser, Priscillia Piccoli

Sound design : Francis Gauthier

Sound mix : Joey Simas

Sound recording : Priscillia Piccoli


Laurence Turcotte-Fraser

Laurence Turcotte-Fraser is an emerging filmmaker first known for her short film Domino (Regards 2018), as well as her director of photography work (L’étrange province, Les Jaunes, Blast Beat). Her first feature-length documentary, The End of Wonderland(2021), was released theatrically in Canada and travelled internationally (IDFA, RIDM, OUTFEST LA, BFI FLARE). This eccentric portrait of erotic artist Tara Emory allowed her to explore her love for direct cinema and to find a human approach both in front of and behind the camera. With her second feature film Evicted City, co-directed with Priscillia Piccoli, she continues her documentary artistic approach by scrutinizing the housing crisis in her home city, Montreal.



EVICTED CITY, 2023, 80 min, documentary

THE END OF WONDERLAND, 2021, 85 min, documentary

UN AUTRE JOUR, 2018, 9 min, drama

DOMINO, 2017, 5 min, drama

MARÉE, 2017, 11 min, drama

L’ÂME COINCÉE ENTRE DEUX MORCEAUX DE TÔLE, 2013, 18 min, documentary

LE TEMPS D’ÉRIGER UN CLOCHER, 2012, 18 min, documentary

Priscillia Piccoli

Priscillia Piccoli is an emerging filmmaker known for her short film Mathieu (Bell Fund Prize, Fantasia International Film Festival) and her short documentary As Hard As Ice (Prix d’Unis TV et Réalisatrices Équitables at the 2020 Regions Race). Committed to direct cinema, Priscillia uses the 7th to find the silver lining in social-political dilemmas. During the first year of the pandemic, while training as a social worker in a homeless day center, she questioned the storm to come in her hometown, Montreal. With her first feature film Evicted City, co-directed with Laurence Turcotte-Fraser, Priscillia launches a cry from the heart by granting the right to speak to the evicted people of a metropolis in full change.



TANT QU’IL RESTERA DE LA GLACE, 2020, 9 min., documentary

PARTIR POUR MIEUX REVENIR, 2019, 6 min., documentary

LES 4 CHEVALIERS, 2018 à 2019, 26 épisodes x 45 minutes

MONTREAL DEAD END, 2018, 86 min., horror

L’ÉVANGILE DE L’EAU, 2018, 5 min., drama

FEMME IDÉALE, 2017, 2 min., drama

MATHIEU, 2016, 14 min., drama


Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec
Prix du public Jean-Marc Vallée Québec