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Pascale Ferland’s popular NFB doc Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political streaming free of charge at NFB.ca starting November 6


November 2, 2018 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

As of November 6, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be streaming the feature documentary Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political free of charge at NFB.ca. Produced at the NFB by Colette Loumède and Johanne Bergeron, in collaboration with Radio-Canada, the film is still showing in theatres following its hugely successful world premiere on September 15 at the Québec City Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award. Audiences have been turning out in impressive numbers since its Quebec theatrical release on September 21: as of Monday, October 29, Cinéac reported box office sales topping $128,000. The full version of the documentary will also air on November 5 at 8:30 p.m. on ICI ARTV. This film takes viewers back to a seminal period in our history to reflect on the evolution of our society, as seen through a feminist perspective.

Also exploring the career of this exceptional artist, La Renarde, sur les traces de Pauline Julien, produced by Spectra Musique, is going on tour. Featuring a dozen female performers, the show will be appearing at various venues throughout Quebec from February 21 to March 17, 2019. For more information, visit www.paulinejulien.ca.

About Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political

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 filmmaker Pascale Ferland

Pascale Ferland studied visual arts at UQAM, where she made several videos, including the award-winning Dormir ou une allégorie sur le sommeil. 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

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Spectra Musique
Quebec City Film Festival

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