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With an ingenious assembly of archival footage and animated sequences, Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre brings us a clever and astute cinephile portrait of Claude Jutra, the director of Mon oncle Antoine.

Continuing the undertaking she began in 2006 with McLaren's Negatives, devoted to Norman McLaren, Saint-Pierre has refined her pursuit of a unique animated documentary form, boldly and skilfully encapsulating the life and career of another cinema giant.

Through the magic of editing and animation, Claude Jutra is seen in dialogue with himself at various stages of his life – becoming the spirited narrator of his own biography. Excerpts from family films, interviews, and clips from some of Jutra's well-known works are seamlessly intertwined with these sequences, forming a portrait of a man whose life was devoted to creativity. Jutra is simultaneously a homage, a love letter to cinema, and the dramatic story of a brilliant artist whose life was all-too-short.

2014, 13 min 24 s

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International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
October 27 to November 2 2014, Leipzig, GermanyInternational Shortfilm Festival - Interfilm
November 11 to 16 2014, Berlin, GermanyRencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal
November 12 to 23 2014, Montréal, CanadaInternational Francophone Film Festival in Acadie
November 13 to 21 2014, Moncton, CanadaSommets du cinéma d'animation
November 27 to December 7 2014, Montréal, Canada

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