Waiting For Spring

80 min., documentary, Québec, Canada, 2013
Directed byMarie-Geneviève Chabot
Produced byInformAction (Ian Oliveri & Ian Quenneville)
Short descriptionDocumentary feature that tells a winter in the life of Berny and his neighbors, former miners from Nord-du-Québec who decided to stay in the region despite the closure of the mines and the departure of their relatives.
Film subjects Environment , Portraits , Rural Life , Society
Regis du cinemas, general

Film details


During the long winter season in Northern Québec, Berny and his neighbors live peacefully, chopping wood, fishing on the ice and getting ready for a rally. Former miners, they decided to stay in the region despite the closure of the mines and the departure of their relatives. This winter at the end of the world is their home.

Waiting for the Spring is a story made of snow, wind, rock and resistance, told with the poetry of vast silences and words cut with chainsaw.

It is the meeting of a mythical land, where the outdoors still shelter men who are both free and tied to their land. Exhausted but beautifully alive men.




Written and directed by Marie-Geneviève Chabot

Produced by : Ian Oliveri et Ian Quenneville

Executive producer : Nathalie Barton

Cinematography : Karine van Ameringen

Editing : Natalie Lamoureux

Sound Design : Martin Allard

Sound mixing : Jean-Pierre Bissonnette

Music : Freeworm

Sound Recording : Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier

Participants : Bernard Bizier, Alain Dallaire, Jean-Yves Fournier

Script advisor : Carole Laganière


Marie-Geneviève Chabot

A native of Montreal, Marie-Geneviève Chabot has worked as an artist and filmmaker for the past 15 years. Following her studies in arts and cinema at UQÀM, she has wracked up an impressive list of experiences in the cultural field, including working as a videographer (Télé sans frontières, Parole citoyenne), as an instructor (Wapikoni mobile) and behind the scenes on various theatre productions (Les Deux mondes, La Maison théâtre).
Since making Bonne chance (ONF, 2005), her first feature-length film which was shot in Africa, she has directed several award-wining documentaries, including Le peuple de bronze, which won the Young Talent award at the Vues d’Afrique festival, and Le bout du monde, winner of the PVP Group award at the Percéides festival. Inspired by her years in Northern Quebec, her critically acclaimed film, En attendant le printemps (InformAction, 2013), won the Jutra for best feature-length documentary.




Waiting for Spring (En attendant le printemps), 80 minutes, documentaire, 2013
Le bout du monde, 22 minutes, documentaire, 2013
Le peuple de bronze, 24 minutes, documentaire, 2011
Passages, 77 minutes, documentaire, 2011
Les mètres carrés oubliés, 48 minutes, documentaire, 2008
Bonne chance, 76 minutes, documentaire, 2005