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The National Film Board of Canada at FICFA 2012

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Moncton, October 23, 2012 - The National Film Board of Canada will once again make a strong showing at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA) 2012, which takes place from November 15 to 23 in Moncton, New Brunswick. On the program: stories that give a voice to difference and pay tribute to the fight for freedom. Highlights include Une dernière chance ( Last Chance), a documentary that marks the big-screen comeback of Acadian director Paul Émile d’Entremont, as well as the world premiere of Une affaire de famille ( Family Business) by Justin Guitard, winner of the 2011 Tremplin winner. Known for its programming excellence, the NFB will also present six animated shorts that screened to great acclaim at the biggest Canadian and international festivals this year, including Patrick Bouchard’s Bydlo, which has the honour of opening the FICFA.

Une dernière chance : victims of homophobia seeking refuge in Canada

Paul Émile d’Entremont’s latest film travels far and wide as it chronicles the plights of five asylum seekers fleeing the homophobic violence in their homelands. Seeking to attain refugee status in Canada, they anxiously await the rulings on their claims, hopeful that their adopted land will show compassion. D’Entremont profiles their plight through a series of intimate portraits, capturing some of his subjects before they even reach Canada. Une dernière chance gives a voice to the sexual minorities who boldly and bravely assert their difference in the face of exclusion and uncertainty. Produced by Maryse Chapdelaine and Murielle Rioux-Poirier of the NFB’s Acadia Studio.

Une dernière chance was extremely well received when it premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax in September. D’Entremont will be present for the film’s New Brunswick premiere at the FICFA on Sunday, November 18 at 7 pm. The film is due for online release in December 2012.

Bydlo: kicking off the opening night!

Bydlo, the animated short by Patrick Bouchard (produced by Julie Roy for the NFB), will open the FICFA on Thursday, November 15 at 8 pm, where it will screen prior to the main feature. An allegory of mankind heading for disaster, Bydlo is a tragic vision inspired by the fourth movement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The film won two awards at the 2012 Fantasia Festival in Montreal and was selected for official competition at the Toronto International Film Festival. Bouchard, who won two Jutra awards for The Brainwashers and Dehors novembre, is an animator on the rise at the NFB.

Une affaire de famille by Justin Guitard

In Pointe-Verte, a small coastal village in northern New Brunswick with a waning population, the survival of the general store is a family affair. While the parents, fast approaching retirement, have held the fort for over thirty years, their children dream of a different future. A comical-yet-poignant chronicle of daily life, Une affaire de famille is the first feature from Justin Guitard, a Pointe-Verte native who’s the 2011 Tremplin competition winner. Produced by Maryse Chapdelaine of the NFB’s Acadia Studio, the film will screen at the FICFA in the presence of the director on Tuesday, November 20 at 7 pm, prior to the main feature.

Animation in the spotlight

As part of the festival’s animation program, the NFB will also screen an outstanding series of shorts starting at 1 pm on Sunday, November 18.

Since its release, Franck Dion’s Edmond était un âne ( Edmond Was a Donkey) has garnered a number of awards, taking honours at both the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival and selected as one of 12 finalists in the 2013 César for best short. The film portrays a quiet little man, an appealing outsider who suddenly discovers his true nature when his colleagues teasingly crown him with a pair of donkey ears. And though he comes to enjoy his new identity, an ever-widening gulf opens up between himself and others. A co-production between Papy3D Productions (Franck Dion/Richard Van Den Boom) and the NFB (Julie Roy).

Suivra le jour ( My Little Underground) is a sombre, beautiful autobiographical tale that follows a young girl’s bus ride home. Drifting between real and imagined events, she makes her way toward some semblance of self-discovery and rebirth. For her fifth work, filmmaker Élise Simard mixes time-lapse photography with ink and pastels. Suivra le jour, produced by the NFB’s Michael Fukushima, was selected for official competition at the 2012 Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal.

Dominic Étienne Simard’s Paula is an impressionistic frieze of a working-class neighbourhood that casts two characters into sharp relief: a child and a prostitute. The animated short, made under the Cinéaste recherché(e) competition and a nominee at this year’s Jutra awards, combines acrylic paint, pencil on paper and digital effects. Produced by Julie Roy of the NFB, the work was selected for official competition at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

An ode to the warmth of interracial friendship in the chill of a wintry landscape, MacPherson, the latest work from Martine Chartrand, is based on the well-known song by Félix Leclerc. The film was produced by Marcel Jean and Marc Bertrand of the NFB. MacPherson took both the Best Short Film and People’s Choice (Best Canadian Short) awards at the 2012 Montreal World Film Festival, which it also opened.

The Conquerors tells a tale of humans and their civilizations. This epic work by Hungarian animators Tibor Banoczki and Sarolta Szabo, co-produced by Folimage (Pascal Le Nôtre) and the NFB (Julie Roy/René Chénier) goes back to the dawn of time, taking its lead from prehistory and the Bible. The animation was an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and is one of 12 finalists for the 2013 César for best short film (France).

The NFB’s partnership with FICFA 2012

For FICFA 2012, the NFB will present the NFB-ACIC La Vague award for the best Acadian short (worth $5,000 in technical services under the Aide au cinéma indépendant program). The NFB is also a partner of the festival’s Pecha Kucha events.

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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For more information:

Madeleine Blanchard for the NFB
Telephone: 506-384-6897
E-mail: madoblan@nbnet.nb.ca

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