Yan EnglandCanada106 minutes2016FrenchToronto Premiere
The powerful debut feature from Quebec actor-turned-filmmaker Yan England (Henry) is an intimate look at a grieving, bullied, high-school outsider from the unusual vantage point of a sports drama.
Intro and Q&A with director Yan England
Yan England's 1:54 is a dark look at teen masculinity, friendship, social media, sports, bullying — a full ecosystem of adolescent struggle.
From within its high-school setting in a Quebec suburb, we watch Tim, a smart and athletic 16-year-old, as he tries desperately to overcome his grief over the death of his mother while hiding personal truths from hostile schoolmates. Hit for a second time by an immense personal tragedy, Tim throws himself back into competitive running but, despite his skill and hard work, there is no victory to be found here either.
1:54 has a raw, chilling feel accented by potent and honest portrayals from its impressive young cast, who ensure that their characters are uncomfortably realistic rather than teen stereotypes. Particularly notable is Antoine Olivier Pilon (Mommy), whose performance as Tim resonates long after the film's haunting finale.
This film is the perfect combination of heartbreaking coming-of-age story and competitive-sports feature. — Tessa Oxtoby, TIFF Next Wave Committee
WINNER: STUDENT JURY PRIZE, BEST ACTOR (Antoine Olivier Pilon), FESTIVAL DU FILM FRANCOPHONE D’ANGOULÊME
WINNER: JUNIOR JURY PRIZE, FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM FRANCOPHONE DE NAMUR
WINNER : SPECIAL MENTION, ROME INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION, CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION, BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (FLASH FORWARD SECTION)