Maudite Poutine

’’Riotous Viscera’’ was utilised by Karl Lemieux in two scenes in his Black + White feature film ’’Maudite Poutine (Shambles)’’, which makes its world premiere on 5th September 2016 at the 73rd Venice Biennale International Film Festival, as part of the Orizzonti competition.

Karl Lemieux is a filmmaker. He is becoming more commonly known as the ninth member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, a Montreal music collective for which he does live 16mm film projections and he has collaborated with A Silver Mt. Zion, Set Fire to Flames, Shalabi Effect, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys and Nine Inch Nails.

’’Maudite Poutine (Shambles)’’ was edited by Marc Boucrot (editor + sound editor for Gaspar Noe’s ’’Irreversible’’, editor for ’’Enter the Void’’, colorist for ’’Love’’ and colorist for Abdellatif Kechiche’s ’’Blue is the Warmest Color’’).

David Bryant, Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Kevin Doria (Growing) composed original music and the film also includes music tracks from BJ Nilsen, Daniel Menche, Stilluppsteypa, Akitsa, Hyena Hive, Steve Bates, Elizabeth Anka Vajagic, Lustmord, Wolf Eyes and Jean Sibelius.


Caught stealing drugs from the wrong people, 27 year old Vincent is in trouble and on the run from the local mob, finding himself in the crosshair of a drug dealer. Fleeing to the backwoods, Vincent unexpectedly reconnects with his brother Michel with whom he’d cut ties many years ago. As he tries to maintain the semblance of a normal life hanging out with friends and playing in his band, Vincent witnesses his brother’s own turbulent downward spiral. ’’Maudite Poutine’’ draws us into a darkly dystopian rural world, a place in which violence pervades the everyday but humanity still manages to shine through the cracks.

Director’s note:

’’Maudite Poutine (Shambles)’’ takes us back to my hometown, a small community in the middle of Quebec, which, like so many others, relies on the local factory for survival. I wanted to pay tribute to the seemingly insignificant human gestures, the mood and particular energy of my youth, revealing relationships between both family and friends that helped shape this community and unearthed tragedies. Like a rite of passage, it immerses the viewer in a time during which many of us discovered radical music as an outlet to release the angst fuelled by boredom and inner turmoil. A means to escape the pervasive violence entrenched in our world back then.”

You can listen to ’’Riotous Viscera’’ below, which can also be heard in the beginning of the trailer:














Posted September 1, 2016 in