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The Silence

Renée Blanchar
2020 | 106 min

Selections and Awards

  • La Vague Léonard-Forest Award for Best Acadian Medium-length or Feature FilmFestival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie – FICFA, Moncton, New Brunswick (2020)


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Renée Blanchar
Writer, Director
Biography
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Photo : Julie D’Amour-Léger


Renée Blanchar

Originally from Caraquet, New Brunswick, Acadian director Renée Blanchar exiled herself from her hometown for 10 years, earning a bachelor of arts in communication from the University of Ottawa, followed by a filmmaking diploma from the Fondation européenne pour les métiers de l’image et du son (FEMIS) in Paris. Then, as the first Canadian woman to graduate from this prestigious school of cinema, she made the choice to return to live on the Acadian peninsula, a place that holds deep meaning for her, and to speak from there to the world, about the world. Since her return she has had a successful career in film and television; her work has in many ways blazed a trail not just for Acadian cinema but for women in the film industry everywhere. In 1989, she became the youngest-ever juror in the history of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, under the chairmanship of Wim Wenders. Renée made her mark in television drama as the director of the series Belle-Baie for five seasons (2008–2012). Blanchar remains the only woman ever nominated for Gémeaux awards for both screenwriting and direction on the same television series. As a documentary filmmaker, she is noted for taking on powerful subjects and for her unique ability to reveal the humanity of her protagonists. Both Raoul Léger, la vérité morcelée (Raoul Léger: The Elusive Truth, 2002), and On a tué l’enfant-Jésus (A Hospital Crucified, 2007), were winners of the La Vague Prize for Best Acadian Film at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA). Les héritiers du club (A Place That Matters, 2014) and Nos hommes dans l’Ouest (Shadow Men, 2017) were presented as opening films at FICFA, and both documentaries resonated strongly both within and beyond their own milieux; they represent the first two parts of a trilogy now brought to a close by her latest film, The Silence (2020), in which she addresses the difficult question of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests in Acadia. Opposing silence with speech, she has created a moving, essential, and deeply personal work.


Maryse Chapdelaine
Producer (Ça Tourne Productions)
Biography
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Photo : Isabelle Aubin


Maryse Chapdelaine

Maryse Chapdelaine is an independent producer living and working in Caraquet, New Brunswick, on the Acadian peninsula, her adopted home of more than eight years. For the past five years she has been associated with screenwriter and director Renée Blanchar and Ça Tourne Productions. For four years before that, she held the position of producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s Studio Acadie. After a 28-year career with the NFB she made the leap into private production. As the producer of both dramatic and documentary films, she has received two Gémeaux nominations for feature-length documentaries. She also works with CLEF, the early literacy program that supports young children’s language learning and helps to stimulate imaginative exploration through reading. Maryse has participated in Rendez-vous de la fierté Acadie Love for two years, becoming the organization’s president in 2020.


Christine Aubé
Producer
Biography
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Photo : NFB


Christine Aubé

Christine Aubé has always been passionate about the worlds of storytelling, image and sound in all their forms. She discovered the NFB as director of production after working for broadcasters and independent producers across the country. A great organizer and manager, she joined the NFB team as a producer in 2018.

Christine works to support the next generation while working with experienced creators to produce works for audiences around the world.

Images

Julie D’Amour-Léger
Photo : © Julie D’Amour-Léger
Lowell Mallais, one of the victims of pedophile priest Levi Noël in the Diocese of Bathurst, New Brunswick.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
Photo : © Julie D’Amour-Léger
Jean-Paul Melanson and Victor Cormier, survivors of priest Camille Léger in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
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Bobby Vautour, Ola Cormier, Bernard Richard, Victor Cormier, Léon Richard, Jean-Paul Melanson with director Renée Blanchar.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
Photo : © Julie D’Amour-Léger
Director Renée Blanchar with Kenneth Goguen.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
Photo : © Julie D’Amour-Léger
Director Renée Blanchar with Kenneth Goguen.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
Photo : © Julie D’Amour-Léger
Louise Cormier, Joe Anne LeBlanc and Dorine Richard, the three sisters of the late Paul Goguen.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
Photo : © Julie D’Amour-Léger
Jean-Paul Melanson at Sainte-Thérèse-d'Avila Church in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
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Ola Cormier and Bobby Vautour at the Cap-Pelé Arena (formerly Père-Camille-Léger Arena), New Brunswick.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
Photo : © Julie D’Amour-Léger
Victor Cormier.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
Photo : © Julie D’Amour-Léger
Jean-Paul Melanson.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
Photo : © Julie D’Amour-Léger
Rita Boudreau, participant in the film Vocation ménagère with director Renée Blanchar.
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Photo : © NFB and Ça Tourne Productions
Lowell and Doria Mallais.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
Photo : © Julie D’Amour-Léger
Léon Richard, a former mayor of Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
Photo : © Julie D’Amour-Léger
Sister Nuala Kenny.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
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Sainte-Thérèse-d'Avila Church in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
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Former Supreme Court of Canada judge Michel Bastarache.
NFB and Ça Tourne Productions
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Cap-Pelé Arena (formerly Père-Camille-Léger Arena), New Brunswick.
NFB and Ça Tourne Productions
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Deceased Cap-Pelé priest Camille Léger in New Brunswick.
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Moncton Archbishop Valéry Vienneau in New Brunswick.
Photo: Julie D’Amour-Léger
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Lawyer Robert Talach.
NFB and Ça Tourne Productions
Photo : © NFB and Ça Tourne Productions
Ethicist René Villemure.

Credits

A FILM BY
RENÉE BLANCHAR

WITH
JEAN-PAUL MELANSON
VICTOR CORMIER
LOWELL AND DORIA MALLAIS
JULIE ANNE RICHARD
BOBBY VAUTOUR
OLA CORMIER
KENNETH GOGUEN
JOE ANNE LEBLANC
DORINE RICHARD
LOUISE CORMIER
RITA BOUDREAU

AND
LÉON RICHARD
MICHEL BASTARACHE
BERNARD RICHARD
SISTER NUALA KENNY MD, OC, FRCP(C)
ROBERT TALACH
SAMUEL SAVOIE
RENÉ VILLEMURE
SIAN ELIAS

CINEMATOGRAPHY
PHILIPPE LAVALETTE, CSC

SOUND
SIMON DOUCET

EDITING
ELRIC ROBICHON

SOUND DESIGN
SYLVAIN BELLEMARE

ORIGINAL MUSIC
JEAN-FRANÇOIS MALLET

MIX
JEAN PAUL VIALARD
NFB

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
MARYSE CHAPDELAINE
ÇA TOURNE PRODUCTIONS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
DENIS MCCREADY
NFB

PRODUCER
MARYSE CHAPDELAINE
ÇA TOURNE PRODUCTIONS

PRODUCER
CHRISTINE AUBÉ
NFB

DIRECTION, RESEARCH, SCRIPTWRITING
RENÉE BLANCHAR

PRODUCTION TEAM

RESEARCHER, SCRIPTWRITER, DIRECTOR
RENÉE BLANCHAR

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER (ÇA TOURNE PRODUCTIONS)
MARYSE CHAPDELAINE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER (NFB)
DENIS MCCREADY

PRODUCER (ÇA TOURNE PRODUCTIONS)
MARYSE CHAPDELAINE

PRODUCER (NFB)
CHRISTINE AUBÉ

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
PHILIPPE LAVALETTE CSA

PRODUCTION MANAGER/STILL PHOTOGRAPHER
JULIE D’AMOUR-LÉGER

LOCATION SOUND RECORDIST
SIMON DOUCET

COORDINATION AND TRANSPORTATION
MARJOLAINE ALBERT

ADDITIONAL CAMERA
GEOFFROY BEAUCHEMIN

OPEN AIR CAMERA
GILLES DAIGLE

ADDITIONAL LOCATION SOUND RECORDING
OLIVIER LÉGER

COSTUME AND FITTING
MURIEL ALBERT

DATA WRANGLING TECHNICIAN
ISABELLE AUBIN

ADDITIONAL DATA WRANGLING
DIGITAL CUT 

PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANTS
LUCIE MALLET
EPR BATHURST

CANADIAN FRANCOPHONIE STUDIO – ACADIE TEAM (NFB)

LINE PRODUCER/ADMINISTRATOR
GENEVIÈVE DUGUAY

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
AUDREY RÉTHO

POSTPRODUCTION

EDITOR
ELRIC ROBICHON

TECHNICAL COORDINATORS (NFB)
DANIEL CLAVEAU
JEAN-FRANÇOIS LAPRISE

TECHNICAL SUPPORT (NFB)
PATRICK TRAHAN
PIERRE DUPONT
MARIE- JOSÉE GOURDE

COLOURIST, ONLINE EDITOR (NFB)
DENIS PILON

VISUAL EFFECTS, INFOGRAPHICS AND TITLES (NFB)
MÉLANIE BOUCHARD

SOUND DESIGNER
SYLVAIN BELLEMARE

NARRATOR
RENÉE BLANCHAR

VOICE DIRECTOR
NATALIE HAMEL-ROY

FOLEY
SIMON MEILLEUR

NARRATION RECORDIST (NFB)
GEOFFREY MITCHELL

FOLEY RECORDIST (NFB)
LUC LÉGER

SOUND MIXER (NFB)
JEAN PAUL VIALARD

ORIGINAL MUSIC
JEAN-FRANÇOIS MALLET

MUSIC STUDIO
LA CLASSE

CLARINET AND BASS CLARINET
JAMES KALYN

SOUND RECORDIST
XAVIER RICHARD

ADDITIONAL MUSIC

TOUT PASSE (ANONYMOUS) CLIP FROM THE SOUNDTRACK CHANTS DE L’ACADIE, ACD22522 ATMA. SUZIE LEBLANC, VOCALS
DAVID GREENBERG, VIOLIN
CHRIS NORMAN, SMALLPIPES
BETSY MCMILLAN, VIOLA DA GAMBA
SYLVAIN BERGERON, SHRUTI BOX
DAVID MCGUINESS, HARMONIUM

KYRIE BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS MALLET

SUZIE LEBLANC, VOCALS
ELINOR FREY, VIOLA DA GAMBA
GRÉGOIRE JEAY, SOUND RECORDIST

FUGUE EN SI MINEUR BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS MALLET JEAN-FRANÇOIS MALLET, ORGAN

LES ANGES DANS NOS CAMPAGNES (ANONYMOUS) SIAN ELIAS, TRUMPET
XAVIER RICHARD, SOUND RECORDIST/CLARINETS

WE BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST ENGLISH ADAPTATION BY MGR PAUL-ANDRÉ DUROCHER OF THE RECORDING « NOUS CROYONS EN JÉSUS CHRIST », THEME SONG FOR VIE LITURGIQUE (1993). WRITTEN AND COMPOSED BY RICHARD VIDAL. EXCERPT FROM THE DOCUMENTARY « VOCATION MÉNAGÈRE » (NFB 1996)

ARCHIVAL RIGHTS CLEARANCE
EMMA BRUNET-COMTOIS

MUSICAL RIGHTS CLEARANCE
JOSÉE-ANNE TREMBLAY, LA NÉGO

ARCHIVES
RADIO-CANADA ARCHIVES
NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
SCREENOCEAN/REUTERS
AP ARCHIVES/ASSOCIATED PRESS
CENTRE DE DOCUMENTATION ET D’ÉTUDES MADAWASKAYENNES – MGR ANDRÉ-CAMILLE LEBLANC
CENTRE D’ÉTUDES ACADIENNES ANSELME-CHIASSON – UNIVERSITÉ DE MONCTON
LA PRESSE/ROBERT BOUSQUET
ACADIE NOUVELLE
CBC LICENSING
AFP TV
NATIONAL AUDIOVISUAL INSTITUTE (INA)
RICK RAY/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

PHOTOGRAPHS
LOWELL AND DORA MALLAIS
JEAN-PAUL MELANSON
VICTOR CORMIER
DORINE RICHARD, JOE ANNE LEBLANC AND LOUISE CORMIER
ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF MONCTON

TRANSLATION OF THE NARRATION
CHRISTINE COMEAU

TRANSCRIPTION SERVICES
PRO DOCUMENTS

SUBTITLES, CLOSED CAPTIONS, VIDEO DESCRIPTION
SETTE

TEXT REVISION
LISE LÉGER-ANDERSON

MARKETING MANAGER (NFB)
FRANÇOIS JACQUES

DISTRIBUTION, COMMUNICATION, MARKETING TEAM (NFB)
NATHALIE BOURDON
MARY GRAZIANO
LOUIS-CHARLES MIGNOT
CHRISTINE NOËL
ÉLISE LABBÉ
ÉRIC SEGUIN
DIANE HÉTU
ÉMILIE NGUYEN
MAGALIE BOUTIN
ÉMILIE RYAN

THANKS TO
RENÉ LEBLANC, DONALD AND GISÈLE LANDRY, CONRAD BRIDEAU, DENIS AND GÉRARDA THÉRIAULT
P. LOUIS-JOSEPH BOUDREAU C.S.C, CAP-PELÉ CHURCH OF ST. TERESA OF AVILA,
ANNIE RICHARD, LEONETTE VAUTOUR, THÉRÈSE CORMIER, RITA GOGUEN,
LOUIS LEBLANC AND ROBERT LAGACÉ
ANNE BEINCHET, PAUL SAVOIE
ANTHONY LEBLANC, DOMINIK LAFORGE AND LUC LEBLANC
OLIVIER ÉMOND, MONIQUE POIRIER AND FRANÇOIS ÉMOND
NICOLAS LEBLANC AND LÉONCE LEBLANC,
COLETTE LOUMÈDE, CÉCILE VARGAFTIG, MYRIAM POIRIER, ALAIN CREVIER, MARIANE CARTER, ANNIE JEAN,
CATHERINE HÉBERT, MARIE-ANDRÉE PELLAND, REBEKAH CHASSÉ,
YOANNE BEAUCHAMP AND ODETTE BARR
PIERRE CORMIER CONSTRUCTION,
BOUCANIÈRE M & M – PETIT CAP NB
LHOTEL MONTREAL, DELTA BEAUSEJOUR,
SUPERIOR PROPANE CENTRE,
ATLANTIC HOST (BATHURST),
SAINT-PIERRE-AUX-LIENS CHURCH (CARAQUET)
PARKS CANADA
UNIVERSITÉ DE MONCTON, CAMPUS DE MONCTON,
THE STAFF AT CENTRE D’ÉTUDES ACADIENNES ANSELME-CHIASSON

INSURANCE
FRONT ROW INSURANCE

LAWYER
LUSSIER AND KHOUZAM

LEGAL COUNSEL (NFB)
PETER KALLIANIOTIS

ACCOUNTANTS
EPR ROBICHAUD

PRODUCED BY
ÇA TOURNE PRODUCTIONS
NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA



Press Relations

  • Ça Tourne Productions

    Ça Tourne Productions was co-founded in 1996 by screenwriter and director Renée Blanchar, who is based in Caraquet, New Brunswick, on the Acadian peninsula. In 2015, producer Maryse Chapdelaine joined Blanchar at the helm of the company.

    Renée Blanchar and Maryse Chapdelaine are interested in cinema, television and a variety of digital media. They specialize in auteur-directed projects in both documentary and fiction forms, seeking to create works that are committed, daring and entertaining, with a distinctive approach to both subject and aesthetic.

  • About the NFB

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