Highway Rest Stop


Highway Rest Stop

This film traces out the portrait of a motorway rest area located in the countryside in the North of France. It looks like a dream, filled with the whispers, thoughts and the lives of those, who work here, as well as those, who are just passing through. It is also a very concrete place, a perfect spot to observe today’s Europe, the violence carried by the free competition of a single market, the nostalgia carried by uprooted lives, and all the solitude engendered by our modern world.


L’Acharnière Award & René Vautier Award, Festival de l’Acharnière, Lille, France, 2016;
Best Documentary, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, 2016;
Mention of the “Ethnographic” Section, Festival IntimaLente, Caserta, Italy, 2016;
Best Documentary, Nunes International Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain, 2016;
Audience Award, StarDoc International Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA, 2017.

Isabelle Ingold

Isabelle Ingold is a freelance editor. She graduated from the Editing Department of La Fémis. Since then, she has worked with directors as different as Amos Gitai, Vincent Dieutre, Vivianne Perelmuter, Toshi Fujiwara, Barmak Akram, Bojena Horackova, Itvan Kebadian, Renaud Cohen, Jean-Charles Massera. The features and docs she edited were selected in festivals such as Venice, Cannes, Toronto, Berlinale, Sundance, Locarno etc. She has also directed several award-winning films often in collaboration with Vivianne Perelmuter.


North by Memory, 1996
Convergence Line, 2000 (fiction)
A Place On Earth, 2001
In the Name of the Mayor, 2004
A Small House in the Ghetto, 2009
Highway Rest Stop, 2016


Film Details:

France, 2016, 80’
in Chinese, English, French, Italian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish w/ Eng./Arm. subtitles

Director & Writer: Isabelle Ingold
Producer: Delphine Schmit
Cinematographers: Vivianne Perelmuter, Isabelle Ingold
Editor: Bruno Barbay, François Sculier
Sound: Antoine Corbin, Benjamin Bober
Production Company: Perspective Films