August 20, 2019 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is back at the Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) this year with three films. The feature documentary La fille du cratère (Daughter of the Crater, Les vues du fleuve/NFB), by Nadine Beaudet and Danic Champoux, is a vibrant portrait of filmmaker Pierre Perrault’s partner, Yolande Simard Perrault, who recently passed away. It will be presented as an official selection. Also in the official selection is the animated short Oncle Thomas – La comptabilité des jours (Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days, Ciclope Filmes/NFB/Les Armateurs) by world-renowned filmmaker Regina Pessoa. And Pascal Blanchet and Rodolphe Saint-Gelais’ animated short Le cortège (The Procession, NFB), which has had a successful festival run, will be presented in the short film competition. The screenings of both animated films will be North American premieres. The QCFF runs from September 12 to 21, 2019.
About La fille du cratère (Daughter of the Crater, 76 min)
Screening on Saturday, September 21, at 3:30 p.m. at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique theatre.
Producers: Nadine Beaudet (Les vues du fleuve) and Johanne Bergeron (NFB)
Executive producers: Christian Mathieu Fournier (Les vues du fleuve), Colette Loumède and Nathalie Cloutier (NFB)
This documentary is a touching account of Yolande Simard Perrault’s quest for identity and her influence on the oeuvre of Pierre Perrault, her partner and the love of her life. This grande dame is the “daughter of the crater” created by the impact of a meteor millions of years ago in Quebec’s Charlevoix region, where she was born. Bold, strong-willed Yolande discusses the area and its imprint on our collective memory.
La fille du cratère (Daughter of the Crater) had its world premiere at the 2019 Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma (RVQC) with Yolande Simard Perrault in attendance, and was later selected by the Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke, the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, and the Percéides festival, before being screened for the public in Quebec City. The film will also be screened at the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal starting September 13.
Nadine Beaudet and Danic Champoux partnered to co-direct the film, a natural collaboration for winners of the Prix Pierre-et-Yolande-Perrault, awarded each year during RVQC for best first or second feature documentary. Beaudet received the award in 2013 for Le cosaque et la gitane and Champoux in 2001 for My Father.
Oncle Thomas – La comptabilité des jours (Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days), by Regina Pessoa (13 min) – North American premiere
Screening on Sunday, September 15, at 10 a.m. at the Sandra et Alain Bouchard Auditorium in the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), and on Tuesday, September 17, at 9:30 p.m. at the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP).
Producers: Abi Feijó (Ciclope Filmes), Julie Roy (NFB) and Reginald de Guillebon (Les Armateurs)
- Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days is about the special relationship between Regina Pessoa and her uncle. The film is a testament to her love for this eccentric, who played a key role in her becoming a filmmaker.
- World-renowned filmmaker Regina Pessoa’s latest film is her most personal project to date—an important work that celebrates love and difference. The film won two awards at the 2019 Annecy film festival, including the Jury Award for a Short Film.
National short film competition
Le cortège (The Procession), by Pascal Blanchet and Rodolphe Saint-Gelais (11 min 23 s) – North American premiere
Screening on Saturday, September 14, at 7 p.m. at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique theatre, and on Thursday, September 19, at 3:30 p.m. at the MNBAQ’s Sandra et Alain Bouchard Auditorium.
Producer: Julie Roy (NFB)
- After Catherine’s fatal car accident, she speaks from the beyond to her husband, Philip, who must endure the family ritual of the funeral.
- The Procession is the first collaboration between illustrator and graphic novel writer Pascal Blanchet, known for Rapide-Blanc and his work with Wes Anderson, among others, and animator and filmmaker Rodolphe Saint-Gelais, who first became known for his work on the opening sequence of the feature Dédé à travers les brumes. Lavishly set to music by Pierre Lapointe and Philippe Brault, The Procession has a chic visual style inspired by a mid-20th-century aesthetic and Art Deco.
Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailers, synopses: Daughter of the Crater | The Procession | Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days
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