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Open Sky: Portrait of a Pavilion in Venice

Katerine Giguère
2020 | 25 min

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  • Official SelectionInternational Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) 2020


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Katerine Giguère
Photo : Claudia Roy

Katerine Giguère

Katerine Giguère has been putting her many talents—as a director, producer, cinematographer and photographer—to good use for more than 20 years. Open Sky: Portrait of a Pavilion in Venice marks her third outing as a director. Seeds of Hope, her debut, won the Audience Award and Best Newcomer Award at the 2006 Portneuf Environmental Film Festival.

Besides contributing to the creative development of Les Productions du Rapide-Blanc, she’s been a cinematographer on more than 100 projects that have taken her all over the planet, including acclaimed productions such as Anticosti: The Hunt for Extreme Oil, Earth Keepers and, more recently, Humain+, My Mother’s Letters and My Daughter Is Not for Sale.

This multifaceted artist has expressed herself in a variety of forms, but it was through her work in documentary that she discovered her passion for direct cinema.

André Picard
Executive Director, Institutional Program (NFB)
Photo : © Panneton-Valcourt

André Picard

André Picard has 35 years of national and international experience in strategic planning, production, financ­ing and technological development in the audiovisual arts, working at public, private and not-for-profit organizations in the film industry (NFB, SDA/Coscient/Motion, IMAX Corporation, Telefilm), in television (TQS, Télé-Québec) and new media (NFB, Hexa­gram, SAT), and in the events sector (Fantasia, M for Montreal, Just for Laughs, MSO).

Mr. Picard earned a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Harvard Univer­sity (1978) and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Busi­ness School (2000). Over the course of his career, he has financed, produced and distributed a number of ground­breaking works, in addition to forming innovative partnerships and leading product and market development.

As Director General of the NFB’s French Program (2002-2004), he spearheaded digital creation and interactivity at the NFB by implementing the use of new narrative forms and fostering citizen engagement through such projects as the new Parole citoyenne website and the Community Mediator DVD. He also rekindled the NFB French Program’s engagement with Indigenous communi­ties, using an innovative, highly lever­aged funding strategy to launch Wap­ikoni Mobile, a travelling audiovisual/musical production and training stu­dio initiated by Manon Barbeau.

Mr. Picard is chair of the Board of M for Montreal. He is also communications advisor to the Teasdale-Corti Founda­tion, dedicated to supporting Lacor Hospital in Gulu, Uganda. He executive produced the TV movie Dr. Lucille: The Lucille Teasdale Story, a Cana­da/Italy/South Africa co-production, for the Foundation.


Sasha Suda: Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada
Marc Mayer: Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada (2008-2019)
Karen Colby-Stothart: Chief Executive, National Gallery of Canada Foundation (2013-2019)
Josée Drouin-Brisebois: Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada
Anne Eschapasse: Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Outreach, National Gallery of Canada (2016-2020)
Paolo Baratta: President, Biennale di Venezia
Alberico Belgiojoso: Architect, Studio Belgiojoso
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Landscape Architect
Simon Brault: Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts
Réjean Legault: Associate Professor, École de design of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)


Katerine Giguère

Annie Leclair

Pierre-Philippe Côté et Steven Doman

Director of Photography
Katerine Giguère

Direction and Content Consultant
Annie Leclair

History, Archives and Iconography Consultant
Réjean Legault

Additional Camera
Jean-Marc Abela

Sound Recordists
Sylvain Vary
Olivier Léger
Louis Frederic Edwards
Lisa Kolisnyk
Marco Fiumara

Material from documentaries on the exhibition
Canada Builds/Rebuilds a Pavilion in Venice
Producteur : Denis McCready

With the participation of
Paolo Baratta, Alberico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, Simon Brault, Emanuela Carpani, Karen Colby-Stothart, Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Anne Eschapasse, Réjean Legault, Marc Mayer, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander et Sasha Suda

Special thanks to
Francine Allaire, Tamara Andruszkiewicz, Serge Belet, Karen Colby-Stothart, Julien Duchêne, Anne Eschapasse, Constance Legault, Cammie McAtee, Geoffrey Mitchell, Marie-Claude Mongeon, Préposés au pavillon du Canada à la 16e Biennale de Venise en architecture, 2018

Production Assistants
Tamara Anna Andruszkiewicz
Amélie Lambert Bouchard
Sergio Dalla Lana

Online Editor
Yannick Carrier

Editing Technicians
Patrick Trahan
Pierre Dupont
Isabelle Painchaud

Music Recording and Mixing
Studio le nid

Sound Editing
Daniel Toussaint

Sound Mixing
Isabelle Lussier

Colour Calibration
Yannick Carrier

Graphic Design
Mélanie Bouchard
Jacques Bertrand Simard

Translation and Subtitling
France Gladu
Gervaise Delmas
George Kaltsounakis

Visual Research and Copyright Clearance
Claire Bourbonnais

Venice Biennales/Photo Archives
XXIX Biennale Arte di Venezia, 1958
James Wilson Morrice
Anne Kahane
Jack Nichols
Jacques de Tonnancour

XXXI Biennale Arte di Venezia, 1962
Jean Paul Riopelle

XXXIII Biennale Arte di Venezia, 1966
Courtesy of The Estate of Sorel Etrog
Yves Gaucher

XXXIV Biennale Arte di Venezia, 1968
Guido Molinari
Ulysse Comtois

XXXV Biennale Arte di Venezia, 1970
Michael Snow

XLII Biennale Arte di Venezia, 1986
Melvin Charney

XLIV Biennale Arte di Venezia, 1990
Geneviève Cadieux

VIII Biennale Architettura, 2002
Michael Awad, Eve Egoyan, David Rokeby

LII Biennale Arte di Venezia, 2007
David Altmejd

XII Biennale Architettura, 2010
Philip Beesley

LIV Biennale Arte di Venezia, 2011
Steven Shearer

XIII Biennale Architettura, 2012
5468796 Architecture Inc.

LV Biennale Arte di Venezia, 2013
Shary Boyle

XIV Biennale Architettura, 2014
Lateral Office

LVI Biennale Arte di Venezia, 2015

LVII Biennale Arte di Venezia, 2017
Geoffrey Farmer

LVIII Biennale Arte di Venezia, 2019
One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

Archival Sources
Archivio Arte Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena
Archivio Belgiojoso
Art Resource
BBPR, Architects
Biennale di Venezia
Canada Council for the Arts
Comune di Venezia
Creative Commons
Enns Gauthier Landscape Architects
Fornitore Associazione Archivio Storico Olivetti
Galerie René Blouin
Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives of the National Gallery of Canada
National Film Board of Canada
Ottawa Citizen
Princeton Archives
Rapid Grip & Batten Ltd.
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Royal Institute of British Architects
Triennale Milano – Archivio Fotografico
Università Iuav di Venezia Archivio Progetti

Works represented by SOCAN
Fish series, circa 1945
Alexander Calder
© Calder Foundation, New York / SOCAN (2020)

Black Spruce Country, 1957
Jacques de Tonnancour
© Succession Jacques de Tonnancour / SOCAN (2020)

Pavane, 1954
Jean Paul Riopelle
© Succession Jean Paul Riopelle / SOCAN (2020)

Espace bleu-ocre, 1964
Espace orange-bleu, 1964
Bi-sériel orange-vert, 1967
Guido Molinari
© Succession Guido Molinari / SOCAN (2020)

A Construction in Venice, 1986
Melvin Charney
© Estate of Melvin Charney / SOCAN (2020)

Excerpts from audiovisual archives
BGL Canadassimo, 2015
Alexandre Berthier and Marie Fraser
Distribution Spira Films

City Out of Time, 1959
Colin Low
National Film Board of Canada

Alexandre Georges
© Andrea Pertoldeo
© Andrew Latreille
Arthur James/Canadian Architect
Bryce Gauthier
Ellen Page Wilson
© Erich Hartmann/Magnum Photos
Francesco Barasciutti
Geneviève Cadieux
Iacopo Seri photographer for Geoffrey Farmer Studio/ NGC
Jana Sterbak
Lisa Stinner-Kun
Melvin Charney
© Michael Awad
Michael Snow
Philip Beesley
Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

NFB Archives
Ragnhild Milewski
Lea Nakonechny

National Gallery of Canada Team

Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Outreach (2016-2020)
Anne Eschapasse

Senior Exhibitions Manager
Serge Belet

Executive Assistant, Exhibitions and Outreach
Marie-Claude Mongeon

Head of Library, Archives and Fellowship Program
Cyndie Campbell

Executive Director, National Gallery of Canada Foundation (2013-2019)
Karen Colby-Stothart

National Film Board Team

Isabelle Limoges

Production Coordinator
Marcia Seebaran

Technical Coordinator
Daniel Lord

Executive Producer and Producer
André Picard

Consultant Producer
Katerine Giguère

Institutional Program
Executive Director
André Picard

A National Film Board of Canada Production
In partnership with the National Gallery of Canada
and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation


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