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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Spotlight on NFB animated films at the 36th World Film Festival

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Montreal, August 7, 2012 – Animation by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be showcased at the 36th Montreal World Film Festival (WFF). Between August 23 and September 3, the event will screen three NFB animated short films in their French versions, including MacPherson (NFB) by Martine Chartrand. MacPherson will be unveiled at the opening of the WFF, making its world premiere screening before the feature film, in the World Competition category. Works by young filmmakers are also in the program: Two more NFB animated shorts, The Banquet of the Concubine ( Folimage | Foliascope | NFB | Nadasdy Film) by Hefang Wei and It's a Dog's Life (Folimage | NFB) by Julie Rembauville and Nicolas Bianco-Levrin, have been selected for the World Competition and Focus on World Cinema sections respectively.

The 36th WFF selection marks the comeback of Martine Chartrand, a seasoned filmmaker recognized for her artisanal paint-on-glass animation shot with a 35mm camera. Chartrand's works have been widely acclaimed the world over. Her most recent film, Black Soul, received 23 awards, including a Golden Bear in Berlin in the Short Film category (2001) and a Jutra for Best Animated Short (2002). She is back in full force this time with MacPherson, a magnificent tribute to the friendship between poet Félix Leclerc and Jamaican engineer Frank Randolph Macpherson.

Hefang Wei's The Banquet of the Concubine deals with jealousy and pays homage to calligraphy and traditional Chinese painting. It's a Dog's Life by Rembauville and Bianco-Levrin displays a whimsical cartoon-like style and is aimed at young audiences. The Banquet of the Concubine and It's a Dog's Life are both winners of the Folimage Artist in Residence Program, in which the NFB has been participating for 10 years now.

The three films selected for the 2012 WFF are proof positive that the NFB fosters unique and innovative animated works, created using a broad range of techniques. They also demonstrate the vitality of the productive partnerships that the NFB enters into each year with renowned international institutions, such as France's Folimage animation studio.

MacPherson by Martine Chartrand

In Quebec during the early 1930s, poet Félix Leclerc befriended Frank Randolph Macpherson, a Jamaican-born chemical engineer. He inspired Leclerc to write a song about the log drives; the poet entitled it “MacPherson” in honour of his friend. Somewhere between documentary and fiction, MacPherson, inspired by the famous song, depicts turning points in history and, with great sensitivity and lavish imagery, evokes the deep feelings shared by the Jamaican engineer and one of the poet's sisters.  A film brimming with exuberant, colourful images. Produced by Marcel Jean and Marc Bertrand at the NFB.

The Banquet of the Concubine by Hefang Wei

Emperor Li is giving a banquet to celebrate the beauty of Yang, his favourite concubine. However, the evening does not provide the pleasures that had been anticipated. Unsatisfied whims, suspicions of infidelity and an unbridled imagination lead Yang to bitter extremes that nothing can appease, not even the delicious lychee. An erotic animated film about jealousy, The Banquet of the Concubine by Hefang Wei recounts one of Imperial China's most famous love stories. Produced by Pascal Le Nôtre at Foliascope, Emmanuel Bernard at Folimage and Julie Roy at the NFB.

It's a Dog's Life by Julie Rembauville and Nicolas Bianco-Levrin

Fifi the dog dreams of interstellar travel and discovering planets as he does whatever it takes to make Mom, Dad and the kids happy. At meal time, the sharp-witted pooch gets pushed around from all sides. He would give anything to be left alone in his basket with his nose buried in a newspaper article. But the family is too wrapped up in its own activities to pay attention to Fifi's emotional state, leaving the poor dog no choice but to make the best of the situation. Produced by Jacques-Rémy Girerd and Corinne Destombes at Folimage and Julie Roy at the NFB.

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.



Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist
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Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
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