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A WORLD PREMIERE AT THE RVCQ Il ventait devant ma porte

Press release

2014/02/20

by Pierre Goupil and Rénald Bellemare
goes into theatrical release on April 4, 2014

One filmmaker's moving comeback

Montreal, February 20, 2014 – Produced by Colette Loumède and Nathalie Cloutier of the NFB's French Program, Il ventait devant ma porte ( The Wind at My Door), a French feature documentary co-directed by Pierre Goupil and Rénald Bellemare, will play in an exclusive run at Cinema Excentris starting on April 4. The film's theatrical release follows on its February 26 world premiere at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois (RVCQ), where it will also compete for the Télé-Québec audience award. The filmmakers and crew will attend the premiere.

Il ventait devant ma porte

A movingly personal account, Il ventait devant ma porte marks the triumphant return of an artist and actor who, for over a decade, had all but disappeared. Pierre Goupil is a prominent filmmaker whose approach—part autofiction, part autobiographical essay—had helped inject the Quebec film scene with renewed creativity. Now, Il ventait devant ma porte takes a frank look at his long absence from public view. In this introspective self-portait, Goupil, who suffers from bipolar disorder, discusses his uneasy relationship with his illness and his journey as an artist. He examines the question of his own creative survival while refusing to gloss over the precariousness and vulnerability that mark the lives of those afflicted with this “illness of the soul.” However, the film eschews self-pity in favour of celebration, underscoring the importance of social ties, political engagement, and friendship—notably with Jacques Leduc, Richard Brouillette and Paule Baillargeon of the Casa Obscura artist's collective. Written and directed with Rénald Bellemare, Il ventait devant ma porte is a stirring reaffirmation of nonconformism and the freedom of individuals over the powers that would enslave them.

The film's score was created by jazz group Jos Guitare led by Serge Lavoie, winner of the 2013 Prix Artiste pour la Paix. Lavoie, the “guitar scratcher” who had been the victim in 2012 of a forceful arrest by Montreal police constable Stéfanie Trudeau (a.k.a. Agent 728), received the award for his “profound social commitment” and his “exemplary ability to forgive and transform trauma into a positive artistic experience.”

Pierre Goupil

Actor and filmmaker Pierre Goupil developed his interest in the arts at a young age. After completing an undergraduate degree in communications and film, he cut his teeth on various independent productions with Films du crépuscule (today K-Films Amérique), working as producer, editor, assistant director and distributor. At age 29, he made his first 16mm fiction short, Robert N. This was followed in 1985 by Celui qui voit les heures, an introspective low-budget work whose strikingly modern style has made it one of the standout works of Quebec cinema. In 2000, his film La vérité est un mensonge won the Télé-Québec audience award at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. Clips from these films have been woven into the narrative of Il ventait devant ma porte.

Rénald Bellemare

Filmmaker Rénald Bellemare works in film and television. To date, he is best known for his work as director of photography on numerous productions, including Patricio Henriquez's The Dark Side of the White Lady (2006), Marilu Mallet's La Cueca Sola (2003) and Magnus Isacsson's View from the Summit (2001). In 2010, he worked on Turning 32 by Robbie Hart and Luc Côté. As co-writer and co-director of Il ventait devant ma porte, he worked closely with Goupil throughout the process to bring the story to the screen.

IL VENTAIT DEVANT MA PORTE

(film will be screened in French)
1 h 21 min

Opening on April 4, 2014, at Cinéma Excentris
3536 Saint-Laurent Blvd., Montreal


About the NFB

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