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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The NFB at the 40th Festival du nouveau cinéma

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Trente tableaux
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ORA
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L'été de Boniface
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Rose & Violet
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Welcome to Pine Point
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The Lost Town of Świteź
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Press release

2011/09/27


Montreal, September 27, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) presents the world premiere of Trente tableaux ( In Pieces) at the 40th Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC). The film, a fictionalized biography directed during a residency at the NFB, is a tour de force that marks director Paule Baillargeon's strong return to the big screen. Another notable festival event is the Quebec premiere of Philippe Baylaucq's ORA, an innovative short film shot using 3D thermography. Other NFB highlights include Surviving Progress (Cinémaginaire/Big Picture Media Corporation/NFB)—which opens the Festival's FOCUS competition—and is directed by Mathieu Roy and co-directed by Harold Crooks, four short animation films from some of the biggest names in the field, and two acclaimed interactive productions: Vincent Morisset's BLA BLA and Welcome to Pine Point by The Goggles creative duo. All in all, the NFB has impressive representation at the festival, with nine productions and co-productions—affirming the organization's role as a leader in animation, documentary and interactive projects.

Trente tableaux

Paule Baillargeon, 2009 winner of the prix Albert–Tessier, directed this film during a two-year residency at the NFB. It is an unconventional documentary in which she tells her story: the story of a woman, a filmmaker, a mother, a feminist, an artist—and an actress, who delivers a powerful narrative that is both soothing and unsettling. These 30 tableaux, sometimes animated before our eyes, merge into the portrait of a life at once rebellious and gentle. This is less of an autobiographical film than an authentic tale, as unpredictable and unique as any life. The film is produced by Colette Loumède, and will have its world premiere as a Special Presentation at the festival, with director Baillargeon in attendance.

ORA

The creative worlds of choreographer José Navas and filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq meet, resulting in a spectacular cinematic adventure, produced by René Chénier, in the great, innovative tradition of the National Film Board of Canada. The first film to use 3D thermal imaging, ORA follows six dancers with luminous bodies, exploring a world marked by the heat they produce. The film, which showcases never-before-seen images in a dance allegory, was created during a residency at the NFB and received its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. For its Quebec premiere, ORA will screen in the Événements section of FNC. The film will be shown before Pina, famous German filmmaker Wim Wenders' documentary homage to choreographer Pina Bausch. Both Baylaucq and Wenders will be in attendance.

Documentary and Animation in Competition

The Festival's FOCUS competition opens with the documentary Surviving Progress, directed by Mathieu Roy and co-directed by Harold Crooks. The film is a co-production between Cinémaginaire, Big Picture Media Corporation and the NFB, and is produced by Daniel Louis and Denise Robert (Cinémaginaire) and Gerry Flahive (NFB), and executive produced by Mark Achbar and Betsy Carson (Big Picture Media Corporation), Silva Basmajian (NFB), Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Inspired by Ronald Wright's bestselling book A Short History of Progress, this is a cinematic requiem to progress-as-usual. Throughout human history, what seemed like progress often backfired. Some of the world's foremost thinkers, activists, bankers and scientists challenge us to overcome “progress traps”, which destroyed past civilizations and lie treacherously embedded in our own.

The Lost Town of Świteź, directed by Kamil Polak, is an animated short that combines advanced computer-assisted animation techniques and hand-crafted oil paintings. It will be shown as part of the international short film competition at the festival. Based on a 19th-century poem by the great Polish writer Adam Mickiewicz, the film is set in medieval times and tells the story of a ghost town that was swept away following a bloody massacre, ultimately sinking to the bottom of a lake. The film is an international co-production with the participation of the NFB that has already won two prestigious awards: the Jean-Luc Xiberras Prize for Best First Film at the 35th Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and Best Animated Short at Palm Springs International ShortFest 2011.

Interactive Productions in Competition

Two NFB productions are competing for the Innovation prize in the FNC Lab's Interactive/Web Project category. BLA BLA, nfb.ca/blabla, by Vincent Morisset—the Quebec director and interactive pioneer known for his world-renowned innovative work with the band Arcade Fire—is a unique adventure guided by its viewers. BLA BLA offers a new vision of communication, of human behaviour and interaction, and was developed by AATOAA and produced by Hugues Sweeney at the NFB. Welcome to Pine Point, nfb.ca/pinepoint, is created by the internationally renowned duo of Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons (known as The Goggles), and produced by Rob McLaughlin, Adam Neilson and Loc Dao for the NFB. Part book, part film, part family photo album, Welcome to Pine Point unearths a place frozen in time and discovers what happens when an entire community is erased from the map. The soundtrack for this interactive documentary was created by noted indie band the Besnard Lakes.

Short Animation for Young 'uns

The Wee Wolves section of the Festival, aimed at young viewers, features two NFB-produced or co-produced films. Sunday, directed by Patrick Doyon (NFB), returns to Montreal after winning three international prizes, including Special Mention for best short film in the youth section of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. The film is a humorous look at what happens when a boy tries to break the monotony of a grey Sunday afternoon. Another must-see is L'été de Boniface ( Bonifacio in Summertime), directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Antoine Lanciaux (Folimage Studio – Foliascope/Subséquence/PIWI+/NFB). This animated film for the whole family offers up the colourful tale of a queen who has fallen under the influence of a strange sweet talker intent on stealing the Kingdom of Skedaddle's magic fruit. Finally, Rose & Violet, directed by Luc Otter and Claude Grosch (Onion Factory/Samsa Film/NFB), is the story of conjoined twin sisters recruited to become celebrity acrobats in the world's greatest circus.

Special Activities

Once again, the NFB is participating in FNC PRO, the professional development wing of the festival, where professionals from the worlds of film and digital media meet.

And to celebrate the festival's 40th anniversary, the NFB has invited the FNC to select the most significant NFB films to have influenced the festival. This special playlist will be available at the NFB's online Screening Room, NFB.ca.


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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Information

Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist
Telephone: 514-283-9411
Cell: 514-206-1750
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca

Lily Robert, Director, Communications, NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca