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A Delicate Balance

Christine Chevarie-Lessard
2018 | 76 min

Selections and Awards

  • Women Inmates' AwardRIDM 2018

  • Official SelectionFestival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke 2019

  • Official SelectionChicago International Children's Film Festival, Chicago, U.S.A. (2019)


Synopsis


About the film


Director's note


THE DANCERS

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Team


Christine Chevarie-Lessard
Director
Biography
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Christine Chevarie-Lessard

Christine made her first film at age 16 during a running race called Course destination Brossard. After earning a bachelor’s degree in communications from UQAM (2005) and working for several years as a researcher, she graduated from Québec’s image and sound institute (INIS) documentary film production program in 2011 and dedicated herself to filmmaking. She has made the short film Quand tout est possible (2011), winner of the 2013 Canal D young documentarian competition; La comédienne d’Amérique (2013); and Worcestershire (2015). She received a Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec grant to research and develop her first feature documentary, A Delicate Balance. Her work also includes projects for television, such as the documentary Les chiens pisteurs (85 min., 2014), interviews for CinéTFO, and youth programming (MiniTFO). She produces, directs, and edits videos of all genres for the web. Since 2015, she has organized and led the DAMES DU DOC film club through the organization Réalisatrices Équitables, whose board she also sits on. In her spare time, she has racked up 10,000 km cycling the US west coast and Canada.


Chantal Lafleur
Producer (Avenida)
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Chantal Lafleur

Chantal Lafleur has more than 20 years’ experience in the production and distribution sides of Quebec’s film and television industry.

Prior to founding Productions Avenida, she produced several films in the popular Contes pour tous (Tales for All) collection for Productions La Fête, including the documentary La guerre des tuques… au fil du temps, about the reunion of the actors in the beloved film La guerre des tuques (The Dog Who Stopped the War) 25 years after it was made.

More recently, she produced Vanja d’Alcantara’s Kokoro (Le cœur régulier), a co-production with France and Belgium. She also produced two seasons of the documentary series Bing Bang (Historia), and Jenny (Unis TV), a multiplatform project that includes a youth drama series and an interactive website.

Lafleur recently completed production of A Delicate Balance, a feature documentary that takes a behind-the-scenes look at a professional ballet school for children.


NATHALIE CLOUTIER
Producer (NFB)
Biography
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NATHALIE CLOUTIER

Nathalie Cloutier studied Arts and Letters and collaborated on a number of theatre projects early in her career. But after participating in the 1998‒1999 edition of the TV show La Course destination monde, she made a turn towards filmmaking.

In 2003, Nathalie came to the NFB as a production coordinator and worked with teams in Studio A, the International Co-Production Unit and French Program’s Quebec Studio. She later went back to school, studying to be a producer in the documentary program at the Institut national de l’image et du son. After completing the program, she returned to the Film Board, where she has been a producer since 2010.

Nathalie has been involved in producing a number of interactive experiences, including the website The Hole Story Interactive, which accompanied the film The Hole Story, by Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie; Here at Home, a multi-award-winning website about homelessness; and You, Me, and the Charter, an interactive project directed by Jérémie Battaglia and Vali Fugulin, in collaboration with Urbania magazine.

In addition to her work in interactive productions, Nathalie has also produced and co-produced a number of feature documentaries, including Ariel, by Laura Bari, The Wind at My Door, by Pierre Goupil and Rénald Bellemare, and Little Big Girls, by Hélène Choquette. In 2015, she launched three documentaries that distinguished themselves on the national and international scenes: Ève Lamont’s The Sex Trade; Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan’s The Wanted 18, which premiered at TIFF; and Sophie Deraspe’s The Amina Profile, whose world premiere was at the Sundance Film Festival.


Geneviève Thibert
Producer (Avenida)
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Geneviève Thibert

Geneviève Thibert studied theatre and has been working in the audiovisual industry for about 10 years, primarily on documentaries. She’s curious and versatile, as evidenced by her wide-ranging interests—in production, editing, photography, the visual arts, sound and cinematography. She’s developed a discerning eye and acquired experience in every aspect of production through her work on various video and film projects for television and the web. Geneviève loves meeting people and is fuelled by her need for creativity, adventure, and discovery.

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Credits

Written and Directed by
CHRISTINE CHEVARIE-LESSARD

Participants
SHÔ ARAKI
CAMILLE CHARBONNEAU
LOLA LAFRANCE-OLIVERAS
EMMA MONNIER

SAMUEL ABRAMIAN
NAHAMIE BLONDIN
CALISTA CARON
NATALIA CHATILOVA
GABRIELLE CHEVALIER
ANNE DRYBURGH
AURÉLIE FORTIN
ANGÉLIE GAMACHE
EMMA GARAU CIMA
NATHALIE GÉRARD
ANIA JASTRZEBSKA
MARINA KOUTCHOUK
CATHERINE LAFORTUNE
PIERRE LAPOINTE
ANDRÉ LAPRISE
MARGOT McCOMBER
ARNAUD MONGEON
FRANÇOIS N. GAGNÉ
ANAÏS ROY
LESYA SAMAR
CHARLOTTE TA
EMILY WALL
CHRISTINE WILLIAMS
And all the students at the École supérieure de ballet du Québec

Producers
CHANTAL LAFLEUR (AVENIDA)
NATHALIE CLOUTIER (NFB)
GENEVIÈVE THIBERT (AVENIDA)

Executive Producer
COLETTE LOUMÈDE (NFB)

Director of Photography
FRANÇOIS VINCELETTE

Additional Images
RÉNALD BELLEMARE
NICOLAS CANNICCIONI
ÉVANGELINE DE PAS
ALEX MARGINEANU
GENEVIÈVE THIBERT

Sound Recording
RICHARD LAVOIE
CATHERINE VAN DER DONCKT

Additional Sound
MARCO FANIA
CHRISTINE LEBEL
MARTYNE MORIN
FRANCE POLISENO

Production Managers
ÉVANGELINE DE PAS
GENEVIÈVE THIBERT

Technical Advisor – Camera
STEVE HALLÉ

Editing
VINCENT GUIGNARD

Editing Intern
ANNE BERNIER

Technical Support – Editing
PIERRE DUPONT
ISABELLE PAINCHAUD
PATRICK TRAHAN

Online Editing
YANNICK CARRIER

Original Music
JÉRÔME MINIÈRE

Sound Design
CATHERINE VAN DER DONCKT

Sound Editing
BENOÎT DAME
JÉRÉMIE JONES

Foley
STÉPHANE CADOTTE

Additional Foley
AUDREY SAVARIA

Foley Recording
LUC LÉGER

Re-recording
SHELLEY CRAIG

Titles
MÉLANIE BOUCHARD

Interview Transcripts
MYLÈNE DALPÉ

Translation and Subtitling
CNST

Animation
KAMELEIDOSCOPE

Direction, Animation and Compositing
STEGO

Animation
GABRIELLE LE BLANC
FRANCISCO NOVERO

FANTASY SEQUENCES

Production Manager
ISABELLE COURVAL

Camera Assistant
ALEXANDRE FRÉCHETTE

Choreography – Lola
KUNAL RANCHOD

Dancer – Lola
ELLJAY TIMMANGEN

Dressmaker – Lola
JILL MEURIS

Props
ANNIE-CLAUDE GAGNON

AVENIDA PRODUCTIONS TEAM

Production Assistant
MARIE-ÈVE LALIBERTÉ

Production Accountant
ÉLAINE SARRAZIN (GESTION RL)

Legal Advisers
MARIE-JOSÉE HAREL
CHARLES GAGNON-PRADIER

Music Rights Clearance
JOSÉE-ANNE TREMBLAY

NFB TEAM

Legal Adviser
CHRISTIAN PITCHEN

Marketing Manager
JUDITH LESSARD-BÉRUBÉ

Assisted by
JOLÈNE LESSARD

Administrator
SIA KOUKOULAS

Production Coordinators
CHINDA PHOMMARINH
GABRIELLE DUPONT

Administrative Assistant
PASCALE SAVOIE-BRIDEAU

Technical Coordinators
MIRA MAILHOT
DANIEL LORD

Line Producer
MÉLANIE LASNIER

Interim Funding
BANQUE NATIONALE DU CANADA
GROUPE CINÉMA ET TÉLÉVISION

Public Accountant
BCGO

Insurance
GLOBALEX MEMBER OF FRONT ROW

Excerpts from The Nutcracker 2016 show
GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS DE MONTRÉAL

Choreography by FERNAND NAULT
With the permission of Fonds chorégraphique FERNAND NAULT

Performed by
JÉRÉMY GALDEANO
EMMA GARAU CIMA

Excerpts from the corps de ballet show
MERCI MONTRÉAL!
Choreography by SHAWN HOUNSELL
Directed by SOPHIE-ESTEL FERNANDEZ

Filmed at
BIBLIOTHÈQUE ET ARCHIVES NATIONALES DU QUÉBEC
COLLÈGE JEAN-EUDES – O-TAKU MANGA LOUNGE – PLACE DES ARTS  ROSSETTI DE MONTRÉAL – SALLE PIERRE-MERCURE

Thank you to the École supérieure de ballet du Québec for its support

Special thanks to
ANIK BISSONNETTE, Artistic Director
LILI MARIN, Assistant Director – Communications and Public Relations
ALIX LAURENT, Co-CEO and Administrative Director

Teachers and Staff
CLAUDINE BALAUX
NOËLLINE DUMONT
SOPHIE-ESTEL FERNANDEZ
VINCENT WARREN

Musicians
LOUISE AUCLAIR
MARTIN CARON
LUCIE CAUCHON
ELAINE GAERTNER
ENZO DE ROSA
ROBERT SWERDLOW

Thank you to the parents of the participants
PASCALE BARETTE BRISSON
LUC CHARBONNEAU
ANN DEPELTEAU
MARINA KOUTCHOUK
SYLVIE LAFRANCE
FERNANDA MACCHI
LAURENT MCCOMBER
STEFAN MONNIER
MAX OLIVERAS
AYA TSUKADA

Thank you to the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
JOSÉE CARRIÈRE
ALAIN DANCYGER
NATALIE DION
PATRICIA GÉLINAS
SHEILA SKAIEM



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