May 14, 2019 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
On Monday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Outremont Theatre in Montreal, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) feature documentary La fin des terres (Where the Land Ends) by Loïc Darses will be shown at a special event hosted by the NFB and Nouveau Projet magazine. After the screening, organized by Ciné-Outremont, there will be a roundtable discussion moderated by Miriam Fahmy, with the participation of the director, film protagonists Aurélie Lanctôt and Maïtée Labrecque-Saganash, and the editor-in-chief of Nouveau Projet, Nicolas Langelier. The event will give filmgoers an opportunity to pursue more deeply the intense, passionate conversations sparked by the film’s initial screenings in theatres this past winter. This poignant doc takes an uncompromising stance in exploring the political, territorial, and identity issues of our time in Quebec, from the perspective of a group of millennials. The film will tour Quebec in autumn 2019, at venues to be announced.
Screenings of La fin des terres (to date)
Produced at the NFB by Colette Loumède
La fin des terres had a highly successful world premiere on the closing night of the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma (RVQC), a sold-out theatrical release in March at the Cinémathèque québécoise and the Cinéma Moderne in Montreal, and a three-week engagement at Cinéma Cartier in Quebec City, where there was a rich and lively discussion after one of the screenings, with protagonists Catherine Dorion and Nora Loreto in attendance. Next, a series of screenings began in Rimouski on April 16, Îles-de-la-Madeleine on May 18, and Iqaluit on May 25, in advance of the grand tour that will take the documentary to the four corners of Quebec.
Special event at the Outremont Theatre
Monday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Screening of La fin des terres, followed by a roundtable discussion hosted by Nouveau Projet magazine and the NFB
Note: There will be a Ciné-Outremont screening with no roundtable discussion at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27, at the Outremont Theatre.
If a new Quebec identity arose, one that was truly in phase with the current generation and the challenges of the 21st century, what would it be? This important question is central to the thinking and activities of Nouveau Projet magazine, and is also at the heart of the documentary La fin des terres. The roundtable discussion after the film will bring together the diverse strengths and ideas of Nouveau Projet, NFB artists and creative crews, and the public.
Miriam Fahmy, independent researcher and facilitator
Loïc Darses, director
Maïtée Labrecque-Saganash, columnist for Métro and for Nation magazine, and Cree activist
Aurélie Lanctôt, author, columnist at Le Devoir, and co-director of the review Liberté Nicolas Langelier, director of Atelier 10, and editor-in-chief of Nouveau Projet
About La fin des terres (90 min)
La fin des terres gives voice to 17 young people with diverse backgrounds who were born too late to vote in Quebec’s 1995 sovereignty referendum. The film uses only their voices, superimposed over footage of significant sites in Quebec’s history, devoid of people, including Calvary in Oka, the Grand Mosque of Quebec City, the Manic-5 Dam, Kahnawake, the hill on Berri St., Olympic Stadium, the shores of the Gaspé, and the National Assembly. No archival footage was used.
Faced with the previous generation’s failure to settle issues such as identity, nationhood, Indigenous peoples’ place in society, land appropriation, and the environment, these millennials, selected because they’ve pondered these questions, speak powerfully and aptly about the current state of affairs, which is felt rather than stated outright. It’s as if these young people were seeking to make room for what Quebec might become. Featuring the voices of Maïtée Labrecque-Saganash, Jean-François Ruel (a.k.a. Yes Mccan), Carl Bergeron, Nora Loreto, Mélanie Hotchkiss, Lucia Carballo, Sibel Ataogul, Jade Barshee, Aurélie Lanctôt, Catherine Dorion, Jonathan Durand Folco, Simon-Pierre Savard-Tremblay, Pierre-Luc Brisson, Alexandre Leduc, Léane Labrèche-Dor, Patricia Boushel, and Clara L’Heureux-Garcia.
About the filmmaker
Loïc Darses directed Elle pis son char (2015), a short documentary that won several awards and was selected to screen at Sundance. He created an acclaimed and powerful film that has been called “unclassifiable, an original, disturbing, intimate, violent and tender road movie” (Patrick Lagacé). In 2019, Darses is back with La fin des terres, where we encounter the same concern for inheritance, the passing of the baton, identity quest and the same poetic desire to draw the viewer into endless landscapes. He is now at work on a new short film, his first venture into fiction, Cercueil, tabarnak!
Electronic Press Kit | Images, synopses: Where the Land Ends
Nouveau Projet magazine
Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma