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Alphée des étoiles, directed by Hugo Latulippe, will have its world premiere at the Festival du nouveau cinéma and be released in theatres on October 12, 2012

Press release

2012/09/26


Montreal, 26 September 2012 - Alphée des étoiles ( Alphée of the Stars), a documentary feature film directed by Hugo Latulippe and co-produced by Esperamos (Hugo Latulippe and Éric Deghelder) and the National Film Board of Canada (Colette Loumède), in partnership with Radio-Canada and RDI, will have its exclusive theatrical release on October 12, 2012 at the Cinéma Beaubien in Montreal and the Cinéma Le Clap in Quebec City. The film will receive its world premiere on October 11 at the Festival du nouveau cinéma, with the film's director and main characters in attendance.

Alphée des étoiles

In this intimate cinematic work, director Hugo Latulippe presents his daughter, Alphée, who has a rare genetic disease. When Latulippe and his partner, Laure Waridel, instinctively refuse to have their daughter placed in a special school, they leave Montreal with both of their children—Alphée and her brother Colin—to spend a year in the village in the Swiss Alps where their mother was born. This gamble to reverse the course of events marks the start of an inspiring cinematographic adventure and a love letter from a father to a daughter who, over the course of time, learns many small and large lessons about life. Both a touching documentary and a coming-of-age story, this film stops time in Alphée's wondrous world and gives a voice to a different, endearing, radiant child whose imagination often exceeds the means that fortune has given her to express it.

Director and narrator Hugo Latulippe presents himself here in his primary role: as a father. He and his partner, ecosociologist Laure Waridel, open the doors on their lives as a couple and as a family tackling a challenge in a different way. The father's feelings, doubts, fears and hopes transcend his concerns for his daughter. Presented against a breathtaking natural setting, Latulippe's cinematic ode to otherness is a touching story—both unique and universal—that delicately raises important social issues concerning the place, the future and the education of children like Alphée in our institutions.

About the director

After completing a degree in the arts and film, Hugo Latulippe worked on Radio-Canada's popular television series La Course destination monde. He was then hired as a staff director at the NFB, where he earned his stripes as a documentary director, working with producer André Gladu. Latulippe also co-founded the Esperamos film collective, which has brought together some of Quebec's most popular documentarians since it opened its doors in 2005. His films, such as the recent République : un abécédaire populaire (2011), are often political in nature and have won numerous national and international awards. Many have been NFB productions or co-productions, including Beyond the North (1999), Bacon, the Film (2001), What Remains of Us (2004) and Alphée des étoiles (2012).

Screenings

11 October 2012: Festival du nouveau cinéma with the director and the film's main characters in attendance

Starting October 12: Cinéma Beaubien in Montreal and Cinéma Le Clap in Quebec City

Note that on October 13, the director and the main characters in the film will attend the screening at Cinéma Beaubien.


In parallel with the release of the film Alphée des étoiles, a French-language web documentary will be released on the Internet radio-canada.ca/alphee. This documentary presents four Quebec families living with children who have rare diseases, as well as interviews with the professionals and specialists who work with them.

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.

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