Head Down

(La tête en bas)
Maxime Giroux


Head Down casts an atypical view on the solitude, melancholy and marginality in the daily life of three girls.


  • 22nd Art Film Fest IFF Trencianske Teplice / Trencin, Slovakia, 2014
  • 18e Regard sur le court métrage au Saguenay, Chicoutimi, Québec, 2014
  • 32e Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, Montréal, Québec, 2014
  • 15e MECAL, International Short Film and Animation Festival of Barcelona, Espagne, 2013
  • 28e Festival International du Film Francophone, Namur, Belgique, 2013
  • 18e Milano Film Festival, Milano, Italie, 2013
  • 42e Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montréal, Québec, 2013
Head Down

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Director: Maxime Giroux

Script: Alexandre Laferrière and Maxime Giroux
Cast: Sophie Desmarais, Victoria Diamond, Eliane Prefontaine and Martin Dubreuil
DOP: Sara Mishara
Sound design: Frédéric Cloutier and Stéphane Bergeron
Editing: Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
Original music: Morphée Hotel
Production: Metafilms
Producers: Nancy Grant, Sylvain Corbeil and Maxime Giroux


  • French
  • English subtitles


  • DCP, 1:85, 2K, 5.1 sound
  • .mov digital file, H264
Maxime Giroux
Maxime Giroux

Maxime Giroux has directed several short films, including Le Rouge au sol and Les Jours. These films have been screened at more than fifty festivals and have won fifteen international awards, including the award for best short film at TIFF and that of the FNC. He also won the 2007 Genie Award for Best Canadian Short Film. His first feature film, Tomorrow, was selected in the official competition in Turin and received a special mention from the jury in Tübingen. His second feature film, Jo pour Jonathan, had its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2010, before being screened at more than forty festivals. Along the way, this film won the Gilles-Carle Prize for Best Film at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois, the Critics' Prize at the FNC, the Cinema and City Award in Thessaloniki, and the Best Film award at the Gotham Film Festival. In 2013, Maxime directed the short film La Tête en bas. Then, his third feature film Félix et Meira was released in 2014, won the award for best Canadian film at TIFF and was presented in official competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival. The film, presented at more than 80 festivals where it won twenty awards, is being released in theaters in several countries including France, the United States, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland and Taiwan. Felix and Meira was chosen to represent Canada for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards 2016. His film The Great Darkness, had its world premiere at TIFF 2018 and won 5 Canadian Screen Awards out of 8 nominations including Best Director and Best Film, 1 IRIS and 5 nominations, and the award for Best Film at the 2019 Calgary Film Festival. Maxime's most recent film, NORBOURG (2022), got off to a strong start with the best start in cinema for a Quebec movie at the box office and 6 IRIS Award nominations. More recently, Maxime collaborated on the production of the English adaptation of the 2023 series Plan B (CBC) and is now preparing to shoot his first English-language film In Cold Light.

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