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Les Fros (NFB) to screen in Dolbeau-Mistassini

Press release


Montreal, March 16, 2011 – Stéphanie Lanthier’s documentary Les Fros ( The Lumberfros) will screen at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2011, at the Salle Thérèse-Plante (Polyvalente Jean-Dolbeau) in Dolbeau-Mistassini. The filmmaker will attend the screening, as will one of the film’s protagonists, Albanel native Gérard Pelchat. Throughout the evening, a representative of the Dolbeau-Mistassini Centre de formation professionnelle (CFP) will be available to provide information on the forestry worker profession and the industry’s future prospects. This event is presented by the CFP in association with the National Film Board of Canada.

After opening the 13th annual Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) last November, Les Fros went on to play in cinemas in Montreal and Quebec City, where it was warmly received. The film was co-produced by DOC Productions (Alain Corneau and André Mailly) and the National Film Board of Canada (Jacques Turgeon).

Les Fros screening on April 1 will be preceded by Christopher Hinton’s hilarious Mouches noires ( Blackfly), a timeless NFB animated film about the pesky insect, based on the song of the same name.

Workers in the north

Les Fros, whose title was derived from a Richard Desjardins song about immigrant workers in Abitibi, follows the thousands who have had to leave everything behind to work up North, clearing the forests like the lumberjacks of old. Far from their families and hundreds of kilometres from the city, these new arrivals from Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia spend six months in isolated logging camps, rubbing elbows with “old stock” Quebecers. Lanthier filmed her subjects for an entire season—tracking them throughout their daily activities, recording their thoughts, and chronicling the journeys of these “exiles” of diverse ages and nationalities who form a microcosm of Quebec society today.

A socially engaged young filmmaker

Born in Mont-Laurier, Quebec, Stéphanie Lanthier has more than a few strings to her bow. In addition to teaching history and political science at the Université de Sherbrooke, she’s interested in the representation of women in film and throughout history. Her interests quite naturally led her to film in 2004, when she co-directed her first feature with Myriam Pelletier-Gilbert, Deux mille fois par jour, a documentary about tree planting. During the shoot in Abitibi, she discovered the fascinating world of brush clearers, which ultimately became the subject matter of her second feature documentary Les Fros.

Salle Thérèse-Plante, Polyvalente Jean-Dolbeau
300 Jean-Dolbeau Avenue, Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec G8L 2T7

Admission $4
Tickets available at the door on the day of the event
No pre-sales – first come, first served

418-276-8654, ext. 4800
or 1-866-610-8654

Centre de formation professionnelle

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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Source: National Film Board of Canada

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Nadine Viau, NFB Publicist
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