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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This fall in Acadia: a new season of the Rendez-vous de l’ONF on the big screen!

Press release


Moncton, September 12, 2011 – The autumn breeze is bringing an array of films to Acadia as the Rendez-vous de l’ONF returns to the big screen. Beginning the week of September 25, the NFB will be offering free screenings of outstanding films that will give audiences a chance to lose themselves in the cinema of some of Canada’s, and even Acadia’s, greatest filmmakers. The first film in the program is director Rodolphe Caron’s Pour la cause ( For the Cause), which was just released in 2011.

A diverse fall lineup

This fall, let yourself be swept away by the Rendez-vous de l’ONF en Acadie’s film picks. You’ll discover the many facets that define our identities, starting with childhood and its incredible ingenuity, moments of boredom and rebellion. Next we focus on the Earth, the sense of belonging to a country, language and culture. Whether they’re from Iraq or Acadia, all the characters you’ll meet this fall will speak to the universal qualities in each of us. The National Film Board of Canada and its partners invite audiences to enjoy these captivating film experiences in French, week after week.

Coming to a theatre near you!

Free movie nights take place every week on Sundays in Pointe-de-l’Église, Nova Scotia; Mondays in Moncton; Tuesdays in Fredericton and Caraquet. Some of these nights will also take place on Wednesdays in Kedgwick or Thursdays in Edmundston. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

Pour la cause (2011; 52 min, 56 s)

Following its grand premiere in Moncton on June 7, 2011, Pour la cause, by Acadian filmmaker Rodolphe Caron, is going on the road during the Rendez-vous de l’ONF en Acadie. The story of the Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur Congregation, the film has been highly acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. “Rodolphe Caron’s film is a tour de force ... and seeing the commitment of these women can only be a source of inspiration for young people today.” – Alain Clavette, Anne et compagnie, Radio-Canada Acadie.

In 1924, French-speaking nuns separated from their unilingual English community and formed the Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur Congregation in order to preserve Acadian culture. They founded the Collège Notre-Dame d’Acadie, where young Acadian women were able to pursue higher learning in French. Today, these strong-willed nuns continue to advocate for the rights of the poor and a greater role for women in the Catholic Church. Pour la cause will be preceded by Patrick Doyon’s short film Sunday / Dimanche (2011; 9 min, 50 s).

Jutra, Kerouac, Anne Hébert, Herménégilde Chiasson and Léonard Forest

Acclaimed figures, both on screen and behind the camera, will be featured in the program. During the week of October 9, audiences will enjoy the Claude Jutra classic Wow (1969; 94 min, 41 s), about three girls and six boys, all young people. The image they project is genuine yet different from what one might expect. Drugs, love, sex, freedom, authority and social conflicts fuel their conversations and form the basis of their concerns. Wow will be preceded by the short film Paow, Paow t’é mort by Robert Poirier (1974; 16 min, 64 s).

The week of October 16 kicks off with Sur la route ( Big Drive), a short animated film by Anita Lebeau (2011; 9 min, 15 s). The main feature will be Le grand Jack ( Jack Kerouac's Road - A Franco-American Odyssey) (1987; 54 min, 39 s) by Acadian artist, writer and director Herménégilde Chiasson. This dense film rides the cusp between reality and fiction, delving deeply into the myth, work and life of writer Jack Kerouac.

During the week of October 23, come rediscover the moving and elusive Anne Hébert, a writer who devoted her entire life to her passion: literature. Her friend and colleague, director Jacques Godbout, talks about the woman he considered a kindred spirit in the film Anne Hébert 1916-2000 (2000; 50 min, 26 s). The short film Strings / Cordes (1991; 10 min, 19 s) by Wendy Tilby will precede the main feature.

To wrap up the 2011 fall season, audiences will have a new opportunity to enjoy a classic by the great Acadian director Léonard Forest. Les Acadiens de la Dispersion (1968; 118 min, 8 s) will be screened during the week of December 11. This documentary about Acadian identity takes viewers on a journey into the heart of the Acadian diaspora to help them understand the new prospects for Acadia’s future social, economic, cultural, religious, traditional and even political life. The film was shot in Canada, France and Louisiana.

For the complete list of films in the program and all details, call 1-800-267-7710, visit nfb.ca/rendez-vous, or subscribe to the NFB’s electronic newsletters.

Free film evenings take place at the following locations:

·    Pointe-de-l’Église, NS: Marc Lescarbot Theatre, Université Sainte Anne (1695 Route 1)
·    Fredericton, NB: Dr. Marguerite Michaud Library (Sainte Anne Community Centre, 715 Priestman Street)
·    Caraquet, NB: Caraquet Cultural Centre (220 Saint Pierre Boulevard West)
·    Edmundston, NB: Mgr. W. J. Conway Public Library in Edmundston (33 Irene Street)
·    Kedgwick, NB: Kedgwick Public Library (116 Notre-Dame Street)
·    Moncton, NB: Amphitheatre in the Jacqueline Bouchard Pavilion, Université de Moncton.

About the NFB

Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is developing the entertainment forms of the future in groundbreaking interactive productions, while pioneering new directions in 3D stereoscopic film, community-based media, and more. It works in collaboration with emerging and established 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 4 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Its NFB.ca Screening Room features over 2,000 productions online, including high-definition and 3D films. The NFB also puts the experience of cinema into the hands of Canadians everywhere through its acclaimed mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms, as well as a pre-loaded app in the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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More information:

Madeleine Blanchard, for the National Film Board of Canada   
Telephone: 506-384-6897                   
Email: madoblan@nbnet.nb.ca                   

Lily Robert, Director, Communications, NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Email: l.robert@nfb.ca