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Press release

2014/01/17

  European premiere of Triptych by Pedro Pires and Robert Lepage

  Montreal, January 17, 2014 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is pleased to announce that the documentary feature film Guidelines ( La marche à suivre), by Jean-François Caissy, has been selected to make its world premiere at the 64th edition of the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival, taking place February 6 to 16, 2014. The film, which was produced at the NFB by Johanne Bergeron, will be presented in the festival's Forum program. The fiction feature film Triptych, by Pedro Pires and Robert Lepage, produced by Lynda Beaulieu of Les Productions du 8e Art in association with the NFB, will have its European premiere in the festival's Panorama section.

Guidelines
Forum Section – World Premiere


The documentary feature Guidelines explores the world of adolescence through a series of tableaux that illustrate the occasionally trying existence of young people at a rural secondary school. During closed-door meetings, the teens interact with various authority figures whose job it is to “set them straight.” Outside classroom hours, though, they regain control of their world, the natural surroundings becoming a playground where they can test the limits of their temporary freedom. A work of patient observation relying mostly on uninterrupted long takes, Guidelines emphasizes the contrasts between the regulated environment of the classroom and the beckoning freedom of the great outdoors, gradually revealing the interior drama of adolescence, with its shifts from fragility to reckless abandon. The result is an original yet universal portrayal of a sometimes overwhelming life journey that we all take.

Guidelines
Forum Section – World Premiere

The documentary feature Guidelines explores the world of adolescence through a series of tableaux that illustrate the occasionally trying existence of young people at a rural secondary school. During closed-door meetings, the teens interact with various authority figures whose job it is to “set them straight.” Outside classroom hours, though, they regain control of their world, the natural surroundings becoming a playground where they can test the limits of their temporary freedom. A work of patient observation relying mostly on uninterrupted long takes, Guidelines emphasizes the contrasts between the regulated environment of the classroom and the beckoning freedom of the great outdoors, gradually revealing the interior drama of adolescence, with its shifts from fragility to reckless abandon. The result is an original yet universal portrayal of a sometimes overwhelming life journey that we all take.

About Jean-François Caissy

Jean-François Caissy, born in the village of Saint-Omer on Quebec's Gaspé peninsula, is a filmmaker and visual artist. His first feature-length documentary was 2005's critically acclaimed La saison des amours. His second, La belle visite (2009), earned him international recognition, with screenings at prestigious film festivals including Berlin, Toronto's Hot Docs and the BFI London Film Festival, and the award for Best Documentary at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie. Recently, his video installation Derby (2011) was shown at the Centre Clark in Montreal and at Galerie Espace F in Matane, Quebec.

Guidelines (2014), his third documentary feature, marks his first collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada.

Triptych
Panorama Section – European Premiere

The fiction feature Triptych is a contemporary urban saga that tells the story of Michelle, a schizophrenic bookseller, her sister Marie, a singer and actress, and Marie's future husband Thomas, a German neurosurgeon. Against a backdrop of written and visual poetry, the film depicts three pivotal moments in the lives of these characters while touching on an array of subjects—artistic expression, mental equilibrium, social engagement versus solitude, and the many nuances of emotion. In this study of human communication in all its forms and complexity, these three lives intersect in their quests for personal identity and a burning desire for self-expression. Directed by Robert Lepage and Pedro Pires, this film adaptation of Lepage's epic, nine-hour play Lipsynch captures the essence of the original work, which deals with the human voice.

About Pedro Pires and Robert Lepage

After collaborating with François Girard and Robert Lepage, visual artist Pedro Pires directed the short films Danse Macabre in 2008 and HOPE in 2010; both garnered international acclaim.

Internationally acclaimed playwright, theatre director and actor Robert Lepage has also made his mark as a film director, with Le confessionnal, Le polygraphe, Nô, Possible Worlds and The Far Side of the Moon.

In 2012, Pires and Lepage partnered again to co-direct three short films, Marie, Michelle and Thomas, which now compose the feature Triptych.

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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