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The NFB at the International Film Festival Rotterdam

Press release

2014/01/14

World premiere of Where I'm From by Claude Demers
European premiere of The Day Is Listening by Félix Dufour-Laperrière
 
Montreal, January 15, 2014 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be present at the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam with two important premieres: the world premiere of the feature-length documentary Where I'm From, directed by Claude Demers, and the European premiere of the animated short The Day Is Listening, directed by Félix Dufour-Laperrière. Both directors will be in Rotterdam to present their films, along with Colette Loumède, the NFB's new Acting Director General for French Program.

Where I'm From
Spectrum Section – World premiere

Produced at the NFB by Colette Loumède, Where I'm From begins in darkness, with a child who does not know where he comes from. In a quest that is both personal and universal, director Claude Demers revisits his childhood haunts and asks questions about the mysteries of his origins and his formative years, which were marked by trauma and abandonment. The film is an intimate chronicle that unfolds in the working-class neighbourhood of Verdun, where the filmmaker grew up. It features Bastien and Cédric, two young boys who are just discovering the world around them and serve as the narrator's alter egos. The town and the magical banks of the Saint Lawrence River form the backdrop for this moving inner journey and coming-of-age story. Moving from past to present, and birth to death, Where I'm From is also a story of redemption. Marrying realism and lyricism, this free-flowing film is set to a vibrant soundtrack, and is both deeply human and poetic.

About Claude Demers


Self-taught filmmaker Claude Demers directed several short films (Le bonheur, Le diable est une petite fille, Une nuit avec toi, L'été) before making his first feature drama, The Invention of Love. Released in 2000, the film was in official competition at numerous festivals. Demers turned to documentary in 2006 with the release of Barbers: A Men's Story, which won the Gémeaux Award for best editing in a documentary. He followed it up with the 2009 documentary Ladies in Blue, which opened the Festival du Nouveau cinéma de Montréal and was in official competition at the São Paulo International Film Festival. The Cinémathèque québécoise devoted a retrospective to Demers' work in 2007. Where I'm From is his most recent film.

The Day Is Listening
Spectrum Shorts Section – European premiere


This animated short film, produced at the NFB by Julie Roy and based on an original idea by filmmaker Bernard Émond, is above all a love story told with emotion and delicacy. A man loves a woman; both of them love literature. We discover the murmur of their lives, the harmony of their feelings—and we learn how their affection for novels and poetry marks their existence beyond death. The fruitful alliance of filmmaker Félix Dufour-Laperrière's imagery and the words of Quebec poet Hélène Dorion results in a subtle, sensitive film that resonates in the viewer's heart and mind. In its hybridization of styles and techniques, The Day Is Listening is also a most modern and daring work: its director has deftly expanded the spectrum of traditional hand-drawn animation, incorporating mosaics of real images that express a myriad of intertwining memories as well as the pulse of urban life.

About Félix Dufour-Laperrière


Born in Chicoutimi, Quebec, in 1981, Félix Dufour-Laperrière discovered animation and experimental cinema at Université de Montréal and Concordia University. His body of work includes a dozen or so films produced at the NFB and independently. Highly personal in their execution, they lie at the frontiers of traditional animation and the contemporary arts. They have been featured in numerous festivals, galleries and museums, as well as at major national and international events, where they have garnered several awards and distinctions. Three of his films, Encre noire sur fond d'azur, M and Rosa Rosa, have been Jutra Award nominees for Best Animated Film. In 2013, Dufour-Laperrière began working on a feature-length film entitled Ville neuve.

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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