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NFB AT FICFA 2013

Press release

2013/10/22


Moncton, October 22, 2013 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will have a strong presence again this year at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA, the international festival of francophone films in Acadia). The 2013 edition of the festival will run from November 14 to 22 in Moncton, New Brunswick. Screenings will include world premieres of two films by the emerging Acadian filmmakers who won the NFB's 2012 Tremplin competition; an NFB documentary feature on the theme of absence by Carole Laganière; and seven NFB animated short films, including Gloria Victoria by award-winning filmmaker Theodore Ushev, and other works offering humour, fantasy and evocative stories that push the envelope of creativity and speak to the whole family. This year's enticing selection of NFB films at FICFA is sure to surprise and delight, with stories about people like you, tales for you to dream by, and subjects to make you think, all created by our talented Canadian filmmakers.

World premieres of two films by 2012 Tremplin competition winners


FICFA is the prime launchpad for films made by the winners of the NFB's annual Tremplin competition, which gives emerging filmmakers from Canada's French-speaking minority communities the chance to make a first or second work under professional conditions. Past Tremplin winners have often gone on to win awards at FICFA: Justin Guitard ( Prix La vague for best Acadian short film, 2012), Marie-Thérèse François ( Prix La vague for best Acadian short film, 2010), Julien Cadieux ( Prix La vague for best Acadian short film, 2009), Julie Plourde ( Prix La vague – audience choice for best Canadian short film, 2009), Lina Verchery ( Prix La vague for best Acadian short film, 2008), and Daniel Léger ( Prix La vague for best Acadian short film and Prix La vague – audience choice for best Canadian short film, 2007).

Emma fait son cinéma, Saturday, November 16, 7:00 p.m. (Screening 11)

Emma Carroll, of Shediac, New Brunswick, is only 13 years old, but she has already found her path in life: she is a filmmaker. Inspired by her own dreams and her favourite films and books, she creates short films with the children from her mother's home daycare as her cast, and she is aiming for a career as a Hollywood director. A true lesson in creativity, Emma fait son cinéma was directed by Mélanie Léger with the support of the NFB's 2012 Tremplin competition and produced in partnership with Société Radio-Canada. Produced by Maryse Chapdelaine of the Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie. Mélanie Léger will attend the screening.

Ma radio, mon amie
, Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. (Screening 28)

For the past 16 years, Acadians have had a long-term love affair with their community radio station, CJSE. Deeply rooted in its francophone community, CJSE has become a keen observer of its culture and its day-to-day life, the changes that it is going through, and the struggles that it faces, reflecting to its listeners a portrait of their constantly shifting identity. This documentary was directed by Karine Godin with the support of the NFB's 2012 Tremplin competition and produced in partnership with Société Radio-Canada. Produced by Maryse Chapdelaine of the Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie. Karine Godin will attend the screening.

NFB documentary feature film at FICFA

Absences, Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.(Screening 24)

In this work of multiple voices, which tied for the Canada/Quebec Audience Choice Award at the Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec, absence is seen as a rupture, a loss. But it also implies a quest and, though often associated with family or romantic relationships, it can take many different forms. In her latest documentary, Carole Laganière explores these various forms of absence. The film was inspired by Laganière's own personal story, of the inevitable estrangement of her mother, whose memory is slowly being consumed by Alzheimer's disease. This “anticipated separation” serves as a bridge to the film's other protagonists whom the camera follows as they pursue their own personal quests in various places, in Canada and abroad. There's Ines, who returns to her native Croatia to find the mother who abandoned her during the war in the former Yugoslavia; Deni Y. Béchard, a Canadian-American author ( Cures for Hunger, Milkweed Editions, 2012) who sets out in search of his Quebec roots; and Nathalie, desperately searching for her missing sister, who disappeared suddenly years ago. By observing these four protagonists as they pursue their personal quests, the filmmaker, who also directed East End Kids, explores painful inner landscapes where feelings of loss and resilience co-exist. Produced by Colette Loumède under the NFB's Filmmaker-in-Residence program. Carole Laganière will attend the screening.

NFB animated shorts in the spotlight at FICFA

L'automne de Pougne ( Poppety in the Fall)
, Sunday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. (Screening 14)

In Balthasar's kingdom, a terrible curse has deprived everyone of the stories told by his rascally storyteller, and the only way to lift the curse is to carry the unicorn's horn to the Belly of the Earth. Poppety in the Fall concludes the series of four seasons in the life of Léon, the adopted bear-cub, on a lively note. Featuring masterful puppet animation, the series, directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Antoine Lanciaux, has already reaped numerous awards, including a Gemini, two World Media Festival awards, and two Grand Prizes in the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence competition. The film was co-produced by Pascal Le Nôtre of Folimage StudioFoliascope, Laurence Blaevoet, Sophie Bo, and Chrystel Poncet of PIWI+, Christine Côté, Marie-Claude Beauchamp, Normand Thauvette, and Paul Risacher of Carpe Diem Film & TV, and René Chénier and Marc Bertrand of the NFB.

La soupe du jour ( Soup of the Day) Sunday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. (Screening 14)

This wryly funny animated film tells the story of a husband who is embarrassed by his wife's gastronomic caprices whenever they go out to eat. Montreal vocalist Susie Arioli and Franco-Ontarian vocalist Damien Robitaille lend their voices to this colourful animated couple, singing an engaging tune inspired by a song by Zander Ary. Director Lynn Smith brings her gouache paintings to life, animating directly under the camera, and serves up a tour de force of storytelling. Co-produced by Marcy Page of the NFB and Lynn Smith.

Gloria Victoria, Sunday, November 17, 3:00 p.m. (Screening 16)

The third film in a trilogy on the relationship between art and power—Grand Prize winner at the Fantoche Festival in Baden, Switzerland, an award winner at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival— Gloria Victoria unfolds on the still-smouldering rubble of a furious 20th century. From the Russian front to the Chinese Revolution, from Dresden to Guernica, giant black birds circle above mass graves while vampires and reapers move forward to the sounds of an exalting bolero from Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony. With this film, director Theodore Ushev once again excels as a virtuoso of collage and recycling, conjuring up surrealism and cubism to orchestrate an explosive nightmare in the name of peace. Produced by Marc Bertrand of the NFB.

Merci mon chien ( It's a Dog's Life), Sunday, November 17, 3:00 p.m. (Screening 16)

An urban fable about learning to live together, It's a Dog's Life tells the story of Fifi, a sharp-witted pooch who tries to please his family while still finding time to read the science articles that fascinate him. Animated with a graphics tablet by directors Julie Rembauville and Nicolas Bianco-Levrin and produced by Jacques-Rémy Girerd and Corinne Destombes of Folimage and Julie Roy of the NFB.

Rue de l'Inspecteur ( Inspector Street), Sunday, November 17, 3:00 p.m. (Screening 16)

It would be ill-advised to dismiss the front-page headlines about unusual phenomena in that newspaper left on a park bench… With just a gust of wind, its pages come to life, and strange, fantastic creatures emerge from its black-and-white photos. Deftly animating paper cut-outs and origami, Emmanuelle Loslier draws us humorously into the heart of a dreamlike universe, where the buildings of Montreal have never been more alive. Produced by Julie Roy through the NFB's biennial Cinéaste recherché(e) competition, which enables winning filmmakers to direct their first professional animated films at the NFB French Program's Animation and Youth Studio.

Terre d'écueil ( Hollow Land), Sunday, November 17, 3:00 p.m. (Screening 16)

In this evocative film about the eternal human search for home, Berta and Solomon arrive in a land that promises respite from their many journeys. But have they found utopia, or just another stop on their long voyage? Filmmakers Michelle and Uri Kranot depict the couple with two-dimensional clay puppets against a rich backdrop consisting mostly of paper cut-outs. Co-produced by Marc Bertrand of the NFB, Marie Bro of Dansk Tegnefilm, and Dora Benousilio of Les Films de l'Arlequin.

Réflexion ( Reflection), Sunday, November 17, 3:00 p.m. (Screening 16)

Reflection pushes animation to its limits. Depicting the frenzy of the city, the film is a montage of live-action shots reworked image by image to create a sense of rhythm and movement, while making us aware of the omnipresence of reflections in the urban environment. The film was directed by Sylvie Trouvé, who edited it in collaboration with animation filmmaker Theodore Ushev, and was produced by Julie Roy of the NFB.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB has produced over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.

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For information:

Madeleine Blanchard, for the NFB
Telephone: 506-871-3638
E-mail: madonews@gmail.com

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