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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)

  • Award for Best French-Canadian filmRendez-vous Québec Cinéma (2021)

  • Award for Best Atlantic DocumentaryFIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2021)

  • Official SelectionRendez-vous du cinéma québécois et francophone de Vancouver, British Columbia (2021)

  • Official Selection DOK.fest München, Germany (2021)


Long Synopsis


Director’s Statement

Trailer


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Promotional Materials

Team


Renée Blanchar
Writer, Director


Photo
Photo : Julie D’Amour-Léger




Maryse Chapdelaine
Producer (Ça Tourne Productions)


Photo
Photo : Isabelle Aubin




Christine Aubé
Producer


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Photo : NFB



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
Photo: Julie D’Amour-Léger

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
Photo: Julie D’Amour-Léger

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.
NFB and Ça Tourne Productions
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
Photo: Julie D’Amour-Léger

Sainte-Thérèse-d'Avila Church in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick.
Julie D’Amour-Léger
Photo: Julie D’Amour-Léger

Former Supreme Court of Canada judge Michel Bastarache.
NFB and Ça Tourne Productions
Photo: NFB and Ça Tourne Productions

Cap-Pelé Arena (formerly Père-Camille-Léger Arena), New Brunswick.
NFB and Ça Tourne Productions
Photo: NFB and Ça Tourne Productions

Deceased Cap-Pelé priest Camille Léger in New Brunswick.
NFB and Ça Tourne Productions
Photo: NFB and Ça Tourne Productions

Moncton Archbishop Valéry Vienneau in New Brunswick.
Photo: Julie D’Amour-Léger
Photo: Photo: Julie D’Amour-Léger

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

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer and distributor of award-winning documentaries and auteur animation, working with talented creators across the country. The NFB is taking action to combat systemic racism and become a more open and diverse organization, while working to strengthen Indigenous-led production and gender equity in film. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including 12 Oscars. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.