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The Devil’s Share

Luc Bourdon
2017 | 102 min

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionFestival du nouveau cinéma 2017

  • Best medium or feature length documentaryFICFA 2017

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Luc Bourdon
Photo : Bernard Fougères

Luc Bourdon

Luc Bourdon is a prolific director and a key figure in Canadian video art. He has directed more than 50 works over the past 30 years, creating documentaries, fictional films and experimental pieces that deal with the arts and culture (Ne retenez pas votre souffle, 1986; Question de bande, 1998; De la parole aux actes, 2000; La grande bibliothèque, 2005; Classes de maîtres, 2009; A Museum in the City, 2011). Among his many works exploring themes of history and memory are The Memories of Angels (2008), the first feature-length film Bourdon directed at the National Film Board of Canada, and its sequel, The Devil’s Share (2017), a scholarly documentary collage that uses a vibrant blend of sounds and images to take the audience on a journey through the history of modern Quebec, from the 1960s to the early 1980s.

In the 1980s, Bourdon became known for distinctive videos such as Distance (1984, co-directed with François Girard), Touei (1985) and The Story of Feniks and Abdullah (1988), which exemplified his unique perspective and predilection for research. These early works already showed the artist’s fondness for poetic forms and language, relying on sensations rather than literal illustration. Plan de fuite/Flight Plan (1995) eloquently reflects this tendency, as do The Memories of Angels and The Devil’s Share.

Over his wide-ranging career, Luc Bourdon has built a reputation as a tireless experimenter, a creator of immersive, impressionistic worlds, as in Classes de maîtres, a documentary about the Quebec conservatory of music and dramatic arts. His playful treatment of picture and sound bespeaks an artist perpetually in search of a fresh approach to the moving image.

Bourdon has also created a number of video installations, such as Promenades lumières,  which he co-directed with Josette Bélanger in 1986 for the Cent jours d’art contemporain de Montréal. In 1992, he created the installations Quinto and Hommage, which were exhibited at the Oboro Gallery, among other locations. For the celebration of the 350th anniversary of the founding of Montreal, Bourdon made À mille lieux, a video shot in the city’s historic Bonsecours Market.

Bourdon has also shown an interest in other art forms, collaborating with well-known figures from the world of theatre. He worked with Quebec playwright and actor René-Daniel Dubois on a 1997 production of Michel Garneau’s play Guerriers at Montreal’s ESPACE GO theatre and a 1999 production of Le roi se meurt (Exit the King) by Eugène Ionesco. Bourdon’s dedicated, multifaceted artistic practice earned him the 1998 Bell Canada Award for Video Art from the Canada Council for the Arts.

A dynamic member of Quebec’s video and film community, Bourdon has worked with various artists’ groups and cultural organizations and was a member of Vidéographe from 1982 to 1998 and Les des Films de l’autre from 1990 to 1996.

In addition to directing, since 1994 Bourdon has taught video production and film at several institutions, including the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Concordia University, the National Theatre School of Canada, and the Université de Montréal. From 2000 to 2003, he served as artistic director and executive director of the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media (now called the Festival du nouveau cinéma). From 2009 to 2012, he was head of the documentary program at the Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS) in Montreal.

Colette Loumède
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.


Mouffe in Jusqu’au cœur | Jean-Pierre Lefebvre
Robert Charlebois in Jusqu’au cœur | Jean-Pierre Lefebvre
Micheline Lanctôt in Souris, tu m’inquiètes | Aimée Danis
René Simard in On s’pratique… c’est pour les olympiques | Jean-Claude Labrecque
René Lévesque in Un pays sans bon sens | Pierre Perrault
Québec en silence | François Séguillon
L’École des autres | Michel Régnier
Michel Tremblay in Backyard Theatre
La maison du pécheur dans Cap d’espoir | Jacques Leduc
Tranquillement pas vite | Guy L. Côté
L’indien parle | Marcel Carrière
Hôtel-château | Marcel Carrière
Zachary Richard in La Veillée des veillées | Bernard Gosselin
24 heures ou plus | Gilles Groulx
La fiction nucléaire | Jean Chabot
La Loi de la ville | Michel Bouchard
Raison d’être | Yves Dion
C’est pas d’la faute à Jacques Cartier | Clément Perron and Georges Dufaux
Capitale sur l'Outaouais | Pierre Lemelin
Les Enfants de Soljenitsyne… y’a pas à dire, font du bruit à Paris | Michael Rubbo
Satan’s Choice | Donald Shebib
Notes sur la contestation | Louis Portugais
Opération boule de neige | Bonnie Sherr Klein
Armand Vaillancourt in Bozarts | Jacques Giraldeau
Manifestation contre le Bill 63, parlement de Québec, 1969
La vraie vie | Jacques Vallée
Don’t let the angels fall | George Kaczender
Normand Maltais in Les Événements d’Octobre 70 | Robin Spry
À votre santé | Georges Dufaux


A film by
Luc Bourdon

Featuring, among others…
Raoul Béliveau
Jean-Paul Lemieux
René Lévesque
Georges Dor
Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Gérard Pelletier
Jean Chrétien
Jean Marchand
Robert Charlebois
Sam Steinberg
Pauline Julien
Patrick Watson
Armand Vaillancourt
Robert Rivard
Michel Tremblay
Jean Lesage
Arthur Hill
Guy Thauvette
Raymond Bouchard
Normand Maltais
Ti-Jean Carignan
Frenchie Jarraud
Micheline Lanctôt
Alanis Obomsawin
Muddy Waters
Bobby Hachey
Willie Lamothe
Maurice Richard
Luce Guilbault
Gilles Lamontagne
Zachary Richard
Hauris Lalancette
François Belle Fleur
René Simard
Vassili Alexeiev
Greg Louganis
Nadia Comaneci
Nellie Kim
Olga Korbut
Michael Snow
Jean Cournoyer
Matthias Rioux
Gérald Leblanc
Mario Tremblay
Serge Savard
Guy Lapointe
Guy Lafleur
Monique Fauteux
Serge Fiori
Huguette Proulx
Gerry Boulet


And with the voices of
Claude Charron
Raoul Duguay
Michel Chartrand
Gaétan Montreuil
Mychel St-Louis
Louis Laberge
Marie Savard
René Angélil
Derek May
Patricia Nolin

Research, Script and Direction
Luc Bourdon

Conservation and Laboratory Team
Hocine Cherifi
Richard Cournoyer
Nathalie Dallaire
Martin Forget
Nicola Gisondi
Line Godin
Marie-France Rousseau
Johanne St-Amant
Steven Woloshen

Media Management
Denis Cerminaro
Sylvain Desbiens
Michel Lapointe
Annie Lemire
Rafi Lokmagozyan

Sylvie Marie Fortier
Chantal Gagné
Bill Holley
Aldo La Ricca
Richard Lanoue

Sound Restoration
Sylvain Cagelais
Luc Léger
Pierre St-Germain

Michel Giroux

Editing Assistant
Philippe Lefebvre

Technical Support – Editing
Pierre Dupont
Isabelle Painchaud
Patrick Trahan

Translation and Subtitling

Credits and Title Design
Pascal Blanchet
Mélanie Bouchard

Online Editing
Yannick Carrier

Sound Design
Catherine Van Der Donckt

Jean Paul Vialard

Stéphane Cadotte

Foley assisted by
Louis Duranleau

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Rights Team
Julia Dawson
Marion Duhaime
Saskia Latendresse
Caroline Trudeau

Music Rights Research and Clearance
Sylvia Mezei

Research Intern
Alexandra de Launière

Legal Advisor
Christian Pitchen

Press Relations
Marie-Claude Lamoureux

Marketing Manager
François Jacques

assisted by
Jolène Lessard

Sia Koukoulas

Production Coordinators
Chinda Phommarinh
Gabrielle Dupont
Isabelle Limoges

Administrative Assistant
Pascale Savoie-Brideau

Technical Coordinator
Mira Mailhot

Acting Development Producer
Marie-Anne Raulet

Line Producer
Mélanie Lasnier

Colette Loumède

A National Film Board of Canada production


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