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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Presented by the NFB, Théâtre de Verdure and Espace La Fontaine, Bistro Culturel, a three-part look at the private world of Paule Baillargeon

Press release


Montreal, July 16, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), in association with Théâtre de Verdure and Espace La Fontaine, Bistro Culturel, invites viewers into the private world of filmmaker/actress Paule Baillargeon. On Wednesday, August 8, in a remarkable triple bill, Baillargeon will present an exhibition of her works on paper, perform an original work and attend the screening of her latest film. Kicking off the event at 7 p.m. at Espace La Fontaine, Bistro Culturel, the artist—winner of the Prix Jutra-Hommage 2012—will launch the first major showing of her works on paper, in the presence of curator Jennifer Alleyn. Baillargeon will then read selected texts from her most recent film, Trente tableaux ( In Pieces), accompanied on the double bass by her daughter Blanche Baillargeon, who also composed the soundtrack to the film. The evening will wind up with a screening of the film at 8:30 p.m. at Théâtre de Verdure, with the filmmaker in attendance.

The August 8 event marks the start of a major tour of both the exhibition and the film through the City of Montreal's Accès culture network. Baillargeon will be on hand at each event to meet the public; later in the year, she will also present the works in her hometown, Val-d'Or, at the Festival de cinéma des gens d'ici.

Montreal tour

De l'écran au crayon, l'univers dessiné de Paule Baillargeon: A travelling exhibition at three venues

Baillargeon, a self-taught artist who draws every day, examines this aspect of her artistic expression in Trente tableaux. In the film, some of her drawings are animated to illustrate her words. Accompanying the screenings is a selection of her works on paper, exhibited for the first time. The exhibition is produced by the NFB in conjunction with Baillargeon, curator Jennifer Alleyn and artist/framer Paul Boisvert.

The exhibition can be seen at Espace La Fontaine, Bistro Culturel, daily until September 7. Baillargeon will also perform a second reading (again accompanied by her daughter Blanche on the double bass) on Sunday, August 19, at 3 p.m. The exhibition will then move to the Maison de la culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville from October 3 to 20, with selected works also showing at the Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges from September 4 to October 8.

13 screenings of Trente tableaux

After being presented at Théâtre de Verdure, Trente tableaux (NFB) will screen, with the filmmaker in attendance, at 12 more sites in the Accès culture network. The screenings are part of the ONF À LA MAISON program, a productive partnership with the City of Montreal now in its 13 year. In the film, made during her two-year residency at the NFB, Baillargeon tells her story: the story of a woman, filmmaker, mother, feminist, artist and actress. It's a powerful narrative, by turns soothing and unsettling, told through 30 tableaux, some of which are brought to life through animation. Together, these potent images portray a spirit both rebellious and gentle. The film is less an autobiographical account than an authentic tale, as distinctive and unpredictable as any life. Trente tableaux will be preceded by Michèle Cournoyer's animated short An Artist (NFB), the story of a little girl who simply must express herself through art.

Screening and exhibition in Val-d'Or

Trente tableaux will also screen on September 9 in Baillargeon's hometown of Val-d'Or as part of the Festival de cinéma des gens d'ici. Accompanied by the exhibition, the film will show at the Centre d'exposition de Val-d'Or, with the filmmaker in attendance.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at NFB.ca and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

Théâtre de Verdure (Accès culture network)

For nearly 60 years, this 3,000-seat outdoor amphitheatre in Montreal's Parc La Fontaine brings the magic of summer's evenings alive. With its high-profile multidisciplinary program, it's a must for anyone who loves the arts and culture. Once again this summer, Montrealers can enjoy renowned artists like Karen Young, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain, Margie Gillis, Jorane and many more. All performances are free. To consult the program, visit theatredeverdure.accesculture.com.

Espace La Fontaine, bistro culturel

Espace La Fontaine is a non-profit organization mandated to provide food services and cultural events at the Parc La Fontaine chalet. The restaurant's bistro-type menu features fresh, healthy meals, including such house specialties as tartare and home-smoked salmon. Espace La Fontaine also serves as a cultural venue with a regular program of exhibitions and events, along with arts, cultural and educational activities for all ages. For more information on cultural programming or to view the menu, visit espacelafontaine.com.



Marie-Claude Lamoureux, NFB publicist
Phone: 514-283-9607
Cell: 514-297-7192

Karine Cousineau, Publicist, Accès culture network, City of Montreal
Phone: 514-382-4844