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Sophie Deraspe’s The Amina Profile (Esperamos/NFB) and Jean-François Caissy’s Guidelines (NFB) garner Gémeaux awards


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September 16, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) applauds the winners of two awards at last night’s Gémeaux gala: director Sophie Deraspe and the production teams at Esperamos (Isabelle Couture, Hugo Latulippe, Michel St-Cyr and Guy Villeneuve) and the NFB (Nathalie Cloutier and Colette Loumède) received the Best Documentary: Society award for The Amina Profile, while the Best Editing: Public Affairs or Documentary Feature award went to Mathieu Bouchard-Malo for Guidelines, directed by Jean-François Caissy and produced by the NFB.

The NFB congratulates the winners as well as the creative crews of the four NFB productions or co-productions that received a total of nine Gémeaux 2016 nominations. A blog post on the topic has been published online at ONF.ca, where Guidelines can be viewed for free.

About the award-winning films

  • The Amina Profile by Sophie Deraspe

Best Documentary: Society

During the Arab Spring, a love story between two women—a Canadian and a Syrian American—turns into an international sociopolitical thriller that sheds light on dubious media practices and the thin line separating fact from fiction in the age of the Internet.

The Amina Profile was produced by Isabelle Couture (Esperamos) and Nathalie Cloutier (NFB). Hugo Latulippe, Michel St-Cyr, Guy Villeneuve (Esperamos) and Colette Loumède (NFB) are the executive producers.

  • Guidelines by Jean-François Caissy

Best Editing: Public Affairs or Documentary Feature (Mathieu Bouchard-Malo)

This observational documentary takes a penetrating look at the sometimes difficult reality of teenagers at a rural high school. The film gradually reveals the inner conflict between fragility and reckless abandon that defines adolescence.

Guidelines was produced at the NFB by Johanne Bergeron, with executive producer Colette Loumède.


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