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The Lost Highway

2014 DOK Leipzig, Doc International Programme
Canada | 2013 | 74 min. | English | No subtitles | International Premiere
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This “Lost Highway” is a 40 kilometre stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway in Eastern Ontario. It’s also part of Highway 7, which connects Toronto and Ottawa. The street was built during the Great Depression in the 1930s – which may have been an omen.
At first it was a job machine. The first big East-West cut through the forests and swamps attracted motel and restaurant operators and every gas station owner could be sure to be able to feed his family on a modest, but fairly secure level. But the boom lasted only two decades. Today there is a multi-lane freeway that looks like a bypass and makes the former busy highway look like a varicose vein. Everyone who rolls along this asphalt ribbon today sees abandoned houses, businesses and gas stations on the roadside – the slowly crumbling, barely visible traces of former lives, failed plans and disappointed hopes.
Derreck Roemer and Neil Graham portray the lives of a scattered bunch of residents still living in this region, but also the mutations and collateral damage the culture and ideology of automobility likes to sweep under the carpet.
Ralph Eue
Original Title: The Lost Highway
Country: Canada
Year: 2013
Language: English
Subtitle: No
Runtime: 74 min.
Format: HDcam
Color: Colour
Director: Derreck Roemer, Neil Graham
Producer: Derreck Roemer, Neil Graham
Cinematographer: Derreck Roemer
Editor: Michèle Hozer, Derreck Roemer
Music: Don Rooke
Sound: Neil Graham
Script: Neil Graham, Derreck Roemer
Derreck Roemer
Insurgent Projects Inc.

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