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24 Davids

Céline Baril
2017 | 133 min

Selections and Awards

  • Opening film20th Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)


Long version

Interview with the filmmaker

Promotional Materials


Trailer - Long version

Trailer - Short version


Céline Baril

Céline Baril

Versatile artist Céline Baril holds a fine arts degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and she first gained notice for creating works that combined sculpture, photography and video. She has exhibited at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal as well as at galleries in Vancouver and Toronto. Her artistic practice led her quite naturally to cinema, and in 1989 she made the experimental work Barcelone (Super-8 blown up to 16mm), a film that highlighted her sense of whimsy and adventure. Two more experimental works followed: La Fourmi et le volcan/The Ant and the Volcano (1992), winner of the Quebec-Alberta Award and notable for its all-Chinese cast of non-professional actors; and L’absent/The Absent One (1996), an extraordinary riff on memory based on a photo album found in a Parisian flea market. In 2001, she made her first fiction feature, Du pic au cœur (Games of the Heart), which set the pursuit of love against a musical backdrop. The film, which starred Karine Vanasse and Xavier Caféïne, earned her a Jutra nomination for best cinematography and took the Best Foreign Film Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. In 2005, at the invitation of the NFB, she made 538 fois la vie (Life Times 538), a candid look at the lives, hopes and dreams of high school students in a disadvantaged Montreal neighbourhood. Baril spent a full year chronicling day-to-day life at the school to make the film. In 2009, she produced and directed La théorie du tout (The Theory of Everything), a documentary that reflects on the state of the world and the Québécois identity in the era of globalization. The film was nominated for the Prix Caméra-stylo and the award for best Quebec or Canadian film at RIDM. In 2014, she travelled to the United States to make Room Tone, a documentary essay on contemporary America, a nation in decline yet still resonant with the voices of past social struggles and revelatory cinema. The film screened at RIDM and at festivals in Rotterdam and Madrid. Her latest work, 24 Davids, is a globetrotting documentary made under a two-year residency at the National Film Board of Canada (producer: Colette Loumède). Based on the quirky pretext of giving a voice to the “Davids” of this world, the film sensitively and imaginatively probes the mysteries of the universe and the challenges of living together, taking part in a vital “re-enchantment” of the world.

Colette Loumède
Executive Producer (NFB)
Photo : NFB

Colette Loumède

Colette Loumède began her career at the Coop Vidéo de Montréal, a group that has had a significant impact on Quebec cinema. Alongside Robert Morin, Lorraine Dufour, Jean-Pierre St-Louis, Louis Bélanger and others, she learned every aspect of the film trade long before becoming the veteran producer she is today.

Currently the head of the French Program Documentary Studio at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Loumède is known for producing documentaries that stand out for both their subject matter and artistry. Her productions have screened at many of the world’s top festivals, including Hot Docs, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Berlin International Film Festival, Visions du réel, Sundance, and the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM).

Loumède’s work is driven by a desire to produce films with meaningful content by auteurs intent on addressing the important issues of the day. She has worked with Serge Giguère, Richard Desjardins, Patricio Henriquez, Hugo Latulippe, Benoît Pilon, Sophie Deraspe, Zaynê Akyol, Claude Demers, Jean-François Caissy and many other contemporary Quebec directors.

Over the course of her career, Loumède has collaborated with a wide range of groups and people. She was responsible for analyzing documentary projects for SODEC, Quebec’s public film-financing body, and founded and led the documentary program at the Institut national de l’image et du son de Montréal (INIS), Quebec’s foremost professional cinema training institute. She is actively involved with the Documentary Network, RIDM and other festivals across multiple genres, and has regularly served on panels, juries, and many domestic and international platforms devoted to promoting auteur documentary.


A film by
Céline Baril

Colette Loumède

Written and Directed by
Céline Baril

Julien Fontaine

Additional Cinematography
Katerine Giguère

Michel Giroux

Sound Design
Marie-Pierre Grenier

Marie-Hélène L. Delorme

Pascale Bilodeau

Sound Recording
Marie-Pierre Grenier
Lynne Trépanier

Production Manager
Virginie Léger

Production Assistants
Tania Claudia Castillo
Mario Esteban Castaño Solano
Maximilian Evans
Will Prosper
Francisco Sosa
Frederic Vedomey

Omar Agudelo Roman
Daniel Antonio Castaño
John Doe
Mario Rojas Jimenez

Assistant Editors
Joëlle Arseneau
Nicolas Dupont
Philippe Lefebvre

Technical Coordinator – Shooting Equipment
Steve Hallé

Technical Support – Editing
Pierre Dupont
Isabelle Painchaud
Patrick Trahan

Aimée Abra Tenu
Emma Agyei-Dwarko

Graphic Design
Ping Pong Ping

Mélanie Bouchard

Online Editing
Denis Pilon

Alexis Farand

Foley Recording
Luc Léger

Serge Boivin

Audio Excerpts
Wolf Koenig & Roman Kroitor
National Film Board of Canada, 1966

Hey Woman
Poetra Asantawa

Additional Music
I Am Bogotá
Composed by DJ Fresh

Faluma (Menasa Remix)
Written and composed by Agi, R.R. Rillen
Performed by Yakki Famirie                                                                                                                                             

I Feel Love
Pete Bellotte, Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer
Performed by Donna Summer
Courtesy of UNIVERSAL Records, a division of UMG Recordings Inc.

Cumbia Hop
Composed by DJ Fresh

Marketing Manager
Judith Lessard-Bérubé
Assisted by
Jolène Lessard

Sia Koukoulas

Production Coordinators
Chinda Phommarinh
Isabelle Limoges
Gabrielle Dupont
Hélène Regimbal

Administrative Assistants
Pascale Savoie-Brideau
Larissa Estevam Christoforo

Technical Coordinator
Mira Mailhot

Associate Producer
Mélanie Lasnier

Executive Producer
Colette Loumède

Filmed as part of the
Filmmaker-in-Residence program

French Program Documentary Studio

A National Film Board of Canada production

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