A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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NFB on tour to celebrate French-language culture during the 13th Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

Press release


Ottawa, February 22, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada invites all francophones, francophiles and anglophones to discover and celebrate French-language culture at the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF). For the sixth consecutive year, the NFB will be a high-profile participant throughout this major Canadian cultural event, offering almost 150 free screenings of NFB films in 62 Canadian cities. This 13th edition will take place across the country between March 4 and 20, 2011, and explore the theme Interagir pour s’enrichir (Interaction Leads to Understanding). A not-to-be-missed opportunity to enjoy French-language Canadian cinema!

Three Programs with something for everyone

The NFB is presenting three film programs geared to general audiences, on subjects with universal appeal: the power of words, the meaning of life, hope for the future and social engagement. Selected for their authenticity and conviction, the films attest to the diversity and vitality of Canada’s French-speaking communities.

Antonine Maillet – Les possibles sont infinis ( Antonine Maillet – The Possibilities Are Endless) by Ginette Pellerin is an intimate encounter with the Acadian writer whose fictional character, La Sagouine, brought her acclaim. She went on to achieve international fame when she was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1979. This unique autobiographical portrait is enhanced by readings from the author’s works, interviews with people who know her and personal revelations by Antonine herself. The program opens with the animated short, The Necktie, the first film by talented young Quebec animation filmmaker Jean-François Lévesque. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Les porteurs d’espoir ( Hope Builders) is an upbeat, inspiring and educational film about children who, with the help of their teacher, are paving the way to a more environmentally conscious future. The film was shot in Quebec and directed by renowned filmmaker Fernand Dansereau, who is best known for Les filles de Caleb. Preceded by Foufou, a short directed by Sara Guindon under the NFB Hothouse apprenticeship program for emerging Canadian talent. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Chers électeurs ( After the Ballot) by Manuel Foglia takes a humorous look at the daily trials and tribulations of two MNAs in Quebec. As the film aptly illustrates, they have very little authority since the real power is wielded by ministers, who in turn must grapple with the ups and downs of a globalized economy. Is the job of an MNA really a “mission impossible”? Democracy is never easy, no matter what province you call home! Recommended for ages 14 and up.

For the complete schedule of NFB screenings at the RVF, visit rvf.ca.

About the National Film Board of Canada

Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is expanding the vocabulary of 21st-century cinema and breaking new ground in form and content through community filmmaking projects, cross-platform media, programs for emerging filmmakers, stereoscopic animation – and more. It works in collaboration with creative filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. The NFB’s new website features almost 2,000 productions online, and its iPhone and iPad apps are among the most popular and talked about downloads. Visit NFB.ca today and start watching.

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For downloadable hi-res images of the films, go to onf-nfb.gc.ca/eng/press-room/photo-gallery/.

Media Relations

Stéphane Burelle, NFB Publicist
Phone: 514-283-9607
Cell: 514-242-0900
Email: s.burelle@nfb.ca