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France | 17' | 12/2020 | documentary

A deadly accident between a self-driving car and a pedestrian sets off an investigation about the role of human workers in the training of driverless cars. Testimonies from vehicle operators guide us through a night shift where the landscape merges with data from the car’s sensors.

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Nicolas Gourault


Nicolas Gourault is a french artist and filmmaker trained in contemporary art schools such as Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, but also in visual studies at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, or with Forensic Architecture. His work is imbued with this double training and aims at linking visual issues with political concerns by means of a documentary critique of new media. He focuses on the forms of alterity which resist within so-called controlled spaces.


  • VO – 2020
  • This Means More – 2019
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Director: Nicolas Gourault
Screenplay: Nicolas Gourault
Producer: Le Fresnoy, Studio national
Executive Producers: François Willig
Cinematographer: Nicolas Gourault & Alan Guichaoua
Sound Recording: Valentine Gelin
Sound Design: Arno Ledoux
Editor: Félix Rehm
Cast: Ryan Kelley, Jessica Champeaux, Yosra Mojtahedi


  • Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Canada (29 April – 9 May, 2021)
    Official Short Film Selection
  • True/False, United States (5 – 9 May, 2021)
    Teleported Selection
  • VIENNA SHORTS – International Short Film Festival, Austria (27 May – 1 June, 2021)
    Expedition: You Better Listen!
  • Hamburg Short Film Festival, Germany (1 – 7 June, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France (14 – 19 June, 2021)
    Graduation Competition
  • Short Waves Festival, Poland (14 – 20 June, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Netzhaut Ton Film Festival, Austria (18 – 20 June, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival, Portugal (10 – 18 July, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland (20 – 25 July, 2021)
    International Competition


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English & French: Click here

Downloadable trailer: coming soon