December 1, 2020 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada
There are some exciting discoveries in store for December on NFB.ca. Our curated selection of content produced by NFB studios across the country, streaming for free, includes the very latest works from The Curve, the timely and topical collection of projects exploring the pandemic, and documentaries that delve into fascinating subjects, including the world premieres of Borealis by Kevin McMahon and The End of Certainties by Jean-Daniel Lafond. These not-to-be-missed new offerings join the extensive catalogue of more than 4,000 titles already available at NFB.ca, not to mention our collection of some one hundred interactive works, almost all of which can be viewed online at no charge.
Welcome to Pine Point by The Goggles (2010, English Program Digital Studio)
Press kit (synopsis, biographies, images and credits): mediaspace.nfb.ca/welcome-to-pine-point
An interactive documentary about what happens when you lose your job, when everyone you know loses their job, when your entire town is out of work, is shut down and dismantled, and completely disappears. Part book, part film, part family photo album, Welcome to Pine Point uncovers a place frozen in time and discovers what happens when an entire community is erased from the map. Still topical today, 10 years after its production, this multiple-award-winning landmark work by the internationally renowned Vancouver-based creative duo of Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons (a.k.a. The Goggles) has been rebuilt to make it accessible on mobile and desktop devices.
Starting December 7
- Daughter of the Crater by Nadine Beaudet and Danic Champoux (2019, Les vues du fleuve/French Program Documentary Studio)
Feature-length documentary (75 min 43 s)
Press kit (synopsis, biographies, images and credits): mediaspace.nfb.ca/daughter-of-the-crater
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 great love. 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.
- As the Crow Flies by Tess Girard (2016, Ontario Studio)
Feature-length documentary (83 min 54 s)
Press kit (synopsis, biographies, images and credits): mediaspace.nfb.ca/as-the-crow-fliesEvery summer, the Royal Canadian Air Cadets offers its top cadets the chance to participate in an elite flight-training camp. Casting an especially affectionate and empathetic eye on her female subjects, the filmmaker creates a unique and intimate portrait of an extraordinary, yet also very recognizable, group of 17-year-olds as they come of age.
Starting December 14
- The End of Certainties by Jean-Daniel Lafond (2020, Majda Films International/NFB) – WORLD PREMIERE
Documentary (45 min 22 s)
Press kit (synopsis, biographies, images and credits): mediaspace.nfb.ca/the-end-of-certaintiesMore than a decade after the worldwide financial crisis of 2007–08, what does globalization mean today? Filmmaker-philosopher Jean-Daniel Lafond takes us behind the scenes of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, a massive annual gathering at which economists, financiers and politicians hold forth on the key issues of the day. Featuring first-hand testimonials by nearly two dozen influential men and women, this observational documentary offers a cogent assessment of globalization—and its ideals, disillusionment, fears and hopes—and the quest for a new humanism, characterized by greater inclusiveness and fairness.
- The Curve is the pulse of our nation, beating in its own time during this unprecedented time. Our creators, with their talent and insight, are bringing to life the voices of Canadians touched by COVID-19, both near and far. New titles are constantly being added to this collection of thematically linked works in documentary, animation and digital storytelling formats, closely following ongoing developments of this COVID-19 era. Coming December 14:Theme:
Made in the Beyond the Curve creative lab, organized by the French Program Documentary Studio, these seven short films capture their creators’ perspectives on the pandemic’s multifaceted impacts in Quebec.As Night Descends by Nadine Gomez
Road’s End Chronicle by Nicolas Paquet
Sometimes I Wish I Was on a Desert Island by Eli Jean Tahchi
Jules’ Impossible Summer by Marie-Julie Dallaire
The Vigil by Christine Chevarie-Lessard
“Contact” – Requiem for a Word by Olivier D. Asselin
Sòl by Valérie Bah and Tatiana Zinga Botao
Follow #TheCurveNFB #LaCourbeONF to learn more about The Curve’s creators and get news and sneak peeks of upcoming works.
Starting December 15 at 9 p.m. (EST)
The NFB and TVO present the world premiere of Borealis. The film will be broadcast on TVO on December 15 at 9 p.m. EST and simultaneously launched for free streaming on NFB.ca and TVO.org.
- Borealis by Kevin McMahon (2020, Primitive Entertainment/NFB Ontario Studio, in association with ZDF/ARTE and NHK)
Feature-length documentary (93 min 18 s)
Press kit (synopsis, biographies, images and credits): mediaspace.nfb.ca/borealisAcclaimed director Kevin McMahon (Waterlife) travels deep into the heart of the boreal forest to explore the chorus of life in Canada’s iconic wilderness. How do trees move, communicate and survive the destructive forces of fire, insects, and human encroachment? Borealis offers an immersive portrait of the lifecycles of the forest from the perspective of the plants and animals that live there.
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Promotional clip from The Curve available only in French: Bundle 7
Les vues du fleuve
French version here | Version française ici.