Turn Off Before Living

Turn Off Before Living

Directed by Annick Blanc

Genre Fiction
Country Quebec
Year 2014
Length 10 min
Formats DCP
Sound 5.1
Version Original French version, English subtitles


Paul, on a trip to Havana, is experiencing difficulty keeping a smile on his troubled face. He meets Agnela, a young local working girl, whose job it is to please with a practiced smile of her own. No matter, how close they get or how hard they try to soothe their broken souls, their attempts remains vain. They are too busy disconnecting themselves from hidden, unwanted emotions to achieve a true much needed human contact.


travel, friendship, prostitution, festivity, vacation


Annick Blanc graduated from Film Production at Concordia University in 2004. She now works in Montreal as a director and producer led by a love of visually intriguing and innovative storytelling. Her short film Nowhere Elsewhere (2010) was shown in more that 40 festivals and garnered 8 international prizes (Palm Spring International Film Festival, Festival de Flms de Femme de Créteil, Hong Kong International Film Festival…). She is currently writing North, her first feature script. Turn off before living is her second short film.


Mathieu Dufresne, Maxime Leflaguais, Yoandra Suarez



Nicolas Comeau (Les Films 1976)


Annick Blanc


Philippe Roy


Juan Carlos de Arlen, Geneviève Huot

EDITING David Valiquette
Sound Marie-Pierre Grenier


Festival du nouveau cinéma
Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois
Dresden International Film Festival
Regard sur le court métrage au Saguenay
Columbia Gorge Film Festival