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NFB unveils trailer and poster for documentary Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political by Pascale Ferland in anticipation of Francos de Montréal show La Renarde, sur les traces de Pauline Julien.


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June 8, 2018 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The trailer and poster of the documentary Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political (Pauline Julien, intime et politique)by Pascale Ferland, a National Film Board of Canada (NFB) production in collaboration with Radio-Canada, will be unveiled today, tying in with the June 8th show La Renarde, sur les traces de Pauline Julien, produced by Spectra Musique at the Francos de Montréal. The Quebec theatrical release of the documentary is set for September 21, in this 20th year since the death of the great singer-songwriter-composer.

About the film 

Pauline Julien would have been 90 years old in 2018. Twenty years after her death, this at times dreamy documentary portrait by Pascale Ferland captures the essence of the iconic Quebec singer—a passionately committed and eternally free spirit. Through her relationship with Pascale Galipeau, daughter of Pauline Julien, the filmmaker gained privileged access to rich archives that tell the artist’s life story. With a meticulous selection of interviews, performances and photos, Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political follows the iconic Quebec singer on a journey through key moments in the province’s history.Produced at the NFB by Johanne Bergeron, with executive producer Colette Loumède.

About the filmmaker

Pascale Ferland studied visual arts at UQAM, where she made several videos, including Dormir ou une allégorie sur le sommeil, which earned an academic award. In 2003, she made her first feature documentary, L’immortalité en fin de compte (Something Like Immortality), and then founded the production company Qui vivra verra films, where she directed L’arbre aux branches coupées (Tree with Severed Branches) in 2005, among other works. That same year, she co-founded Les Films du 3 mars, a distributor of independent films. In 2007, the high quality of her work earned her the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award. After shooting Adagio pour un gars de bicycle (Adagio for a Biker) in 2008, she made her first fiction feature, Ressac (Riptide) in 2012. She is currently finishing the script for her second fiction feature, Rapace.


Promotional Material

Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailers, synopsis: Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political

Associated Links

Spectra Musique
Francos de Montréal

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