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The NFB at the 32nd Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois

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A selection of 15 films, including a world premiere and two Quebec premieres

Montreal, February 5, 2014 – Fifteen documentaries and animated films from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will screen at the 32nd Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (RVCQ), taking place February 20 to March 1 in Montreal. Making its world premiere is the documentary Il ventait devant ma porte ( The Wind at My Door), a sensitive portrayal of the long battle with bipolar disorder waged by filmmaker/actor Pierre Goupil, who made the film with Rénald Bellemare. Audiences will also be able to attend the Quebec premieres of two short documentaries by up-and-coming Acadian filmmakers: Emma fait son cinéma by Mélanie Léger and Ma radio, mon amie by Karine Godin. The NFB will continue to support emerging filmmakers with its Innovation Award, in addition to taking part in a panel discussion on filmmaking in the digital age. All films will be screened in French.

World premiere of Il ventait devant ma porte

Filmmaker Pierre Goupil captures his uneasy relationship with bipolar disorder in this feature-length documentary, which looks back on his journey as an artist in a society where those on the fringes struggle for acceptance. Goupil took more than 25 years to come to terms with his condition, stubbornly refusing to conform to any standard of “normalcy.” Il ventait devant ma porte, which Goupil wrote and directed with Rénald Bellemare, is a celebration of life in the face of suffering that also reaffirms the importance of social ties and political commitment. Produced by the NFB's Colette Loumède and Nathalie Cloutier, the film will screen at the RVCQ with both directors in attendance before opening at Cinéma Excentris on April 4, 2014.

Quebec premiere of two documentary shorts

Mélanie Léger's Emma fait son cinéma profiles Emma Carroll of Shediac, who's already found her path in life at age 14: she's a filmmaker.

Karine Godin's Ma radio, mon amie explores Acadian community radio, a keen observer of the culture and day-to-day life of a French-speaking community beset by challenges and change.

Both works were produced in the framework of the 2012 Tremplin competition by Maryse Chapdelaine of the Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie in partnership with Société Radio-Canada.

Documentary features

Le prix des mots ( Silence Is Gold)
by Julien Fréchette: Nominated for a Jutra, this troubling documentary thriller takes us through the twists and turns of the judicial proceedings involving Canadian mining companies following the 2008 release of the book Noir Canada. Co-produced by Jean-Simon Chartier ( MC2 Communication Média) and Colette Loumède (NFB).

Ron Turcotte, jockey légendaire ( Secretariat's Jockey, Ron Turcotte) by Phil Comeau: Making its Montreal premiere in the wake of sold-out screenings across North America, a winner at Sudbury and Lafayette and nominated for an Éloize award, this film tells the story of celebrated Acadian jockey Ron Turcotte, who rode to an American Triple Crown victory astride the legendary Secretariat. A chronicle of the resilience of a man who struggles to rebuild his life after a crippling fall. Produced by Maryse Chapdelaine (NFB). The director will attend the screening.

Absences by Carole Laganière: A winner at the Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec, this film touches on absence in its various facets, including Laganière's experience in the face of her mother's withdrawal due to Alzheimer's disease. Produced by Colette Loumède under the NFB's Filmmaker-in-Residence program.

Ariel by Laura Bari tells the story of a man who has his legs shredded by an industrial dough mixer. He rebuilds his identity by inventing prosthetic limbs that will carry him toward a new life of transhumanity. The film screened at last year's Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) and the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Produced by Parabola Films (Sarah Spring/Selin Murat) in co-production with the NFB (Nathalie Cloutier) and in association with Beso Film (Laura Bari). Ariel opens at Excentris on March 28.

Hi-Ho Mistahey! by Alanis Obomsawin is an inspiring look at Shannen's Dream, a grassroots youth movement that called for fairness in education for all. Obomsawin is currently nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards and will be receiving the Humanitarian Award for Exceptional Contributions to Community & Public Service from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase in Los Angeles. Hi-Ho Mistahey! had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, where it received an honourable mention for the People's Choice Award for best documentary. It has since played at festivals and screenings across Canada and worldwide. Produced by Alanis Obomsawin. The NFB executive producer for the film is Ravida Din.

Animated shorts

Gloria Victoria by Theodore Ushev: Nominated for a Jutra and a Canadian Screen Award, a winner at the Festival Fantoche in Baden, Switzerland, and at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, this short film, the third in a trilogy on the relationship between art and power, unfolds on the still-smouldering rubble of a furious 20th century. From the Russian front to the Chinese Revolution, from Dresden to Guernica, great black birds fly over graves while vampires and reapers move ahead to the strains of an exalting bolero from Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony. Produced by Marc Bertrand of the NFB.

La fin de Pinky ( The End of Pinky)
by Claire Blanchet: Nominated for a Jutra and a Canadian Screen Award, and selected for Canada's Top Ten (an annual list of the year's best Canadian films issued by the Toronto International Film Festival, where it made its world premiere in 2013), The End of Pinky will screen in 3D at the RVCQ. This adaptation of the eponymous short story by Heather O'Neill tells of three fallen angels (Johnny, Mia, and Pinky) seeking companionship and humanity in the shadows of Montreal's red-light district. However, when one of Pinky's endearing quirks sets off a tragicomic chain of events, Johnny sets out to kill him. French narration by actor Marc-André Grondin (C.R.A.Z.Y., Le premier jour du reste de ta vie). Produced by Michael Fukushima of the NFB.

Le jour nous écoute ( The Day Is Listening) by Félix Dufour-Laperrière: Nominated for a Jutra and selected for the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and based on an original idea by filmmaker Bernard Émond, Le jour nous écoute is a moving love story delicately rendered. A man loves a woman; both of them love literature. Through the imagery of Dufour-Laperrière and the poetry of Hélène Dorion, the film elegantly depicts the murmur of its characters' lives and the harmony of their feelings. Produced by Julie Roy of the NFB.

Soupe du jour ( Soup of the Day)
by Lynn Smith: Winner of an award at the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, this deliciously funny animated short recounts the dilemma faced by a husband and wife each time they dine out. Co-produced by Marcy Page (NFB) and Lynn Smith.

Les horlogers ( The Clockmakers) by Renaud Hallée: In this amazing, geometric composition, tiny gymnasts leap and somersault through the air, triggering mesmerizing narrative and musical sequences. An award winner at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, this captivating and playful work skilfully combines sounds and image, making it a treat for both eyes and ears. Produced by Marc Bertrand of the NFB.

Rue de l'Inspecteur ( Inspector Street)
by Emmanuelle Loslier: A discarded newspaper on a park bench is transformed into a performance directed by strange and fantastical creatures. Produced by Julie Roy through the NFB's Cinéaste recherché(e) competition, this amusing, dreamlike animated short has screened at several festivals in Canada and the United States.

Refléxion ( Reflection) by Sylvie Trouvé: This short is the film version of the November 2012 immersive installation at the Cinémathèque québécoise. In depicting a bustling city using real-life shots that have been reworked frame by frame, Réflexion explores how reflected images pervade our surroundings. Co-edited by animation filmmaker Theodore Ushev. Produced by Julie Roy of the NFB.

NFB Innovation Award

For the sixth consecutive year, the NFB will encourage local emerging filmmakers with its Innovation Award, which includes technical services valued at $5,000 as part of the NFB's ACIC program (Aide au cinéma indépendant – Canada). The award is granted in recognition of a first Canadian work.

Panel discussion: “Cinéma à l'ère du numérique”

Louis-Richard Tremblay, the new producer at the NFB French Program's interactive production studio, has been invited to join a panel of experts entitled “ Cinéma à l'ère du numérique” to discuss various issues related to film in the digital age: film classification, creation and distribution strategies, the closure of repertory film theatres, etc.

The RVCQ: now more accessible than ever on ONF.ca

The NFB has joined forces with the RVCQ to make the festival accessible across Quebec. From February 20 to March 1, a selection of works from this year's festival will be available for online viewing through ONF.ca's video-on-demand service.

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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Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist               
Cell: 514-206-1750                   
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca
Twitter: @PatDoftheNFB

For Il ventait devant ma porte (The Wind at My Door)

Marie Marais, for the NFB
Tel.: 514-845-2821
E-mail: marais@cooptel.qc.ca


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