« Sophie Dupuis confirms her immense talent as a director and screenwriter by offering, with Underground , a powerful drama that plunges us with striking realism into the world of mines. »
Le Journal de Québec


Maxime, a young man in his mid-20s, works in a mine far from the city. He spends 14 days at the mine and 14 days off at home. When he is at home in Val-d’or, he shares his time with his girlfriend and his childhood friend Julien. Julien is disabled because of a car accident caused by Maxime two years earlier. Consumed with guilt, Maxime wants to redeem himself. But he is hampered by Mario, Julien’s father who also works at the mine and still blames him.

One day, an explosion occurs in the mine. As part of the rescue mission, Maxime goes underground, determined to save his friends and colleagues and bring them alive.

Festivals & Awards

  • 49th Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma: Opening film, 2020



  • 2020 Underground
  • 2018 Family First
  • 2015 Forces tranquilles (documentary)
  • 2014 L’hiver et la violence (short film)
  • 2012 Faillir (short film)
  • 2010 Félix et Malou (short film)
  • 2010 Et puis on s’habitue (short film)
  • 2009 Si tu savais Rosalie (short film)
  • 2000 J’viendrai te chercher (short film)


Joakim Robillard, Théodore Pellerin, James Hyndman, Guillaume Cyr, Catherine Trudeau, Mickaël Gouin, Chantal Fontaine, Bruno Marcil, Jean L’Italien,  Lauren Hartley


Script: Sophie Dupuis
Cinematography: Mathieu Laverdière
Sound design: Frédéric Cloutier
Editing: Michel Grou
Music: Gaëtan Gravel, Patrice Dubuc
Production: Bravo Charlie (CA)
Co-production: SODEC (CA), Bord Cadre films (CH), Sovereign Films (UK), The Harold Greenberg Fund (CA), Téléfilm Canada (CA)

Technical data

Format: DCP / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 97′
Released: 2020
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Original title: Souterrain