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Theater of Life

Peter Svatek
2016 | 94 min

Prizes and awards

  • Tokyo Gohan AwardSan Sebastian Film Festival 2016

  • Official SelectionAtlantic Film Festival 2016

  • Official SelectionFNC – Panorama International 2016

  • Best Canadian FeaturePlanet in Focus 2016

  • Official SelectionDevour - Food Film Festival 2016

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Director's Statement

Team


Peter Svatek
Director, Producer (Triplex Films)
Biography
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Photo : Josette Gauthier


Peter Svatek

Born in Prague, Montreal-based Peter Svatek is a visionary director who has written and directed many award-winning documentary and fiction films, including the acclaimed Call of the Wild. He began his career with the National Film Board in the 1970s. He is the co-founder (with Josette Gauthier) of Triplex Films, a successful documentary production company. Prior to Theater of Life, Peter’s most recent documentary feature was Takedown: The DNA of GSP, the story of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, nominated for several 2015 Canadian Screen Awards. Other recent documentaries include Stolen Babies, Stolen Lives (writer/director), highlighting the grown children of women who disappeared during Argentina’s Dirty War, and Targets: Reporters in Iraq (writer/producer). Recent fictional works include the two-part U.S. miniseries Everything She Ever Wanted (director) and The Christmas Choir (director), based on the true story of a man who volunteers at a homeless shelter and forms a choir made up of its residents.


Josette Gauthier
Producer, Executive Producer (Triplex Films)
Biography
Photo
Photo : Alberto Bobbera


Josette Gauthier

Josette Gauthier is president of Triplex Films, which specializes in socially minded documentary films. After working for many years in all aspects of the film industry, it was her passion for photography that brought her to documentary filmmaking. The power of images, the stories they tell, and the social issues that drive them are what inspire the documentaries Josette has produced, which have touched audiences around the world. Among them: Human Nature, an acclaimed four-hour series on human emotion; Targets: Reporters in Iraq, the harrowing tale of journalists kidnapped by Al Qaeda, directed by acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Maziar Bahari and filmed during the war; Stolen Babies, Stolen Lives, the wrenching story of babies stolen during Argentina’s Dirty War; and Takedown: The DNA of GSP, the stunning feature-length documentary about UFC world champion Georges St-Pierre, released theatrically in Canada in 2014. “I love the process of delving deeply into the lives of our subjects—taking the time that requires, developing the relationships and trust that is needed—to make films that have the power to move us and illuminate the social issues they raise.”


Annette Clarke
Executive Producer
Biography
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Photo : NFB


Annette Clarke

Annette Clarke is an accomplished producer whose award-winning films challenge stereotypes and bring diverse voices to the forefront. For the past 25 years, she has collaborated with both emerging and established talent to tell powerful, transformative stories. As Executive Producer for NFB’s Quebec-Atlantic studio, Annette has met cattle rustlers in Kenya, foreign workers in Labrador, the endangered bluefin tuna, rock-star chefs decrying food waste, and an animated young girl who copes with her mom’s mental illness by losing herself in the imaginary world of books. Annette’s recent producer credits include Vive la rose (2009, TIFF and Sundance), The Chocolate Farmer (2010, Hot Docs, RIDM), Flawed (2010, Hot Docs, Silverdocs, double honours at PSIFF, Emmy nomination), The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011, IDFA and CSA for best documentary short), Hard Light(2012, FIFA Jury Award), Buying Sex (2013, Hot Docs), Danny (2014, Hot Docs Big Ideas series), 54 Hours (2014, Yorkton Founder’s Award),Gunrunners (2015, Hot Docs) and Hand. Line. Cod. (2016, TIFF)

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CHEFS INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT

PATRICK WATSON AND THE BARR BROTHERS – Performing “Like a Rolling Stone”

Images

Elie Yonova
Photo : © Elie Yonova
Diners at the Refetorio Ambrosiano Fatou and Fawaz with other guests
Elie Yonova
Photo : © Elie Yonova
Canadian Chef –Jeremy Charles
Plates served - Service
Elie Yonova
Photo : © Elie Yonova
Parish Priest Don Giuliano Savina Don Giuliano Savina – Parish Priest. –who convinced Cardinal Scola of Milan and Massimo that the abandoned theatre next to his church was the ideal location for Refetorio Ambrosiano Project.
Elie Yonova
Photo : © Elie Yonova
Priest with Stefi and Marco
Stefi, Marco, Giorgio, at Refetorio
Inside Refetorio Ambrosiano
Massimo talks about Food Waste
Chefs Ferran Adrià and Massimo Bottura
Food waste from EXPO Milano
Chef Viviana Varese talks with with Stefi and guests
Fawaz Naser with Don Giuliano Savina, parish Priest
Massimo and Fawaz Naser
Alberto Bobbera
Photo : © Alberto Bobbera
A Jordanian immigrant to Italy, and an amnesia survivor, Fawaz is struggling to build a new life and identity.
Alberto Bobbera
Photo : © Alberto Bobbera
Addicted to heroin by age 16, Giorgio spent a year in jail on drug peddling charges and a year in a psychiatric hospital. He has pulled his life back together in a remarkable way.
Alberto Bobbera
Photo : © Alberto Bobbera
Stefi and Marco have lived together homeless for the last nine years. They live in a small train station near Milan.
Alberto Bobbera
Photo : © Alberto Bobbera
Fatou was born in Senegal. As a child she contracted polio. The prospects for the disabled in Nigeria are grim. She fled to Europe as a refugee.
Alberto Bobbera
Photo : © Alberto Bobbera
A young refugee from Nigeria, Christiana was forced into prostitution to survive. She managed to escape that trap and begin to build a normal life in Milan as a single mother.

Credits

THEATER OF LIFE
Written and Directed by
Peter Svatek

Edited by
Elric Robichon

Director of Photography
Nicolas Venne

Camera
Giancarlo Migliore
Nicola Baraglia

Photographed by
Giancarlo Migliore
Nicolas Venne
Nicola Baraglia

Produced by
Josette Gauthier
Annette Clarke
Peter Svatek

Featuring
Massimo Bottura
and
(in alphabetical order)
Gastón Acurio
Ferran Adrià
Andoni Luis Aduriz
Alex Atala
Mario Batali
Jeremy Charles
Mauro Colagreco
Alain Ducasse
Luca Fantin
David Hertz
Daniel Humm
Virgilio Martínez
Yoshihiro Narasawa
René Redzepi
Ana Ros
John Winter Russell
The Santini Family
Viviana Varese
Christiana Acha
Stefania Bassania
Fatou Dieng
Fawaz Naser

Giorgio Papetti
Marco Rossi
Salvatore Salici
Eligio Sbarufatti
Emanuele Colombo
Lidia Cristoni
Fabrizia Ferrari
Lara Gilmore
Davide Rampello
Cristina Reni
Don Giuliano Savina

Original Music
Antoine Binette Mercier

“Like a Rolling Stone”
Performed by
Patrick Watson
and
The Barr Brothers

Sound Design and Sound Editing
Mélanie Gauthier

Research and Fixer
Elena Dal Pra

Additional Photography
Matteo Urbinati
Carlotta Marrucci
Marco Caddeo

Sound Recording
Nicola Baraglia
Marco Caddeo
Riccardo Baldoni
Riccardo Napoli

Assistant Director
Giuseppe Carrieri

Production Coordinator
Carlotta Marrucci

Production Assistants
Riccardo Napoli
Barbara Vivino

Still Photography
Alberto Bobbera
Ellie Yonova

Music and Graphics Consultant
Kris Manchester

Translation
Italian – Silvia Accardi, Elena dal Pra, Marija Zivkovic
Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan – Nicolas Gulino
French – Josette Gauthier, Elric Robichon
Japanese – Setsumi Katagiri

Transcription
Daniel Svatek
Marija Zivkovic

LIAISONS

Refettorio Ambrosiano
Cristina Reni
Fabrizia Ferrari

Caritas
Luciano Gualzetti
Marzia Molteni

Osteria Francescana
Lara Gilmore
Enrico Vignoli

Davide Rampello
Tania di Bernardi

Song Credits
“Like a Rolling Stone”
(Italian cover)

Written by
Bob Dylan

Performed by
Misstress Barbara

Used with permission by
Special Rider Music

“Like a Rolling Stone”
(Italian cover)

Written by
Bob Dylan

Performed by
Marco Rossi

Used with permission by
Special Rider Music

“Like a Rolling Stone”

Written by
Bob Dylan

Performed by
Patrick Watson
and
The Barr Brothers

Used with permission by
Special Rider Music

Musicians
String Quartet – Mommies on the Run
Mélanie Bélair, violin
Mélanie Vaugeois, violin
Ligia Paquin, viola
Annie Gadbois, cello
Claude Lamothe, additional cello
Antoine Binette Mercier, steel drums and percussion
Robbie Kuster, drums and percussion
Patrick Watson, piano/vocals
Brad Barr, guitar/vocals
Andrew Barr, percussion

Music Score Mix
Peter Van Uytfranck

Post-Production Supervisor
Jean-François Laprise

Post-Production Assistant
Mylène Augustin

Post-Production Services
Simon Webb

Assistant Editor
Éric Marapin

Head, NFB Coordination and Project Support
Pierre Ferlatte

Digital Editing Technician
Isabelle Painchaud

Foley Artist
Lise Wedlock

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Title Design
Simon Chénier-Gauvreau
Lian Benoit

End Credits Photographs
Alberto Bobbera

Graphics
Simon Chenier-Gauvreau
Lian Benoit
Mélanie Bouchard

Online Editor and Colourist
Yannick Carrier

Re-recording
Serge Boivin

Senior Production Coordinator
Kelly Davis

Production Supervisor
Mary Armstrong

Studio Administrator
Leslie Anne Poyntz

Legal Counsel
Dominique Aubry
Bruno Ménard

Production Accountant
John Chretien

Fiscal and Auditing Services
Hecht, Heft, Lamoureux

Insurance
Globalex

Interim Financing
Banque Nationale du Canada

Executive Producers for Phi Films
Phoebe Greenberg
Penny Mancuso

Associate Producer for Phi Films
Emmanuelle Héroux

Executive Producers
Josette Gauthier
Annette Clarke

 

Produced with the Participation of
Rogers Documentary Fund

 

Produced in Association with

phiFilms
A National Film Board of Canada – Triplex Films International co-production

TriplexFilm

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  • About the NFB

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  • About Triplex Films

    Triplex Films is a documentary production house based in Montreal. Founded by producer Josette Gauthier and award-winning writer/director Peter Svatek, it specializes in powerful documentary films about people and important social issues. “We make very few films, because we only make films we’re passionate about, and they take a long time,” says Gauthier. Recent Triplex films include Stolen Babies, Stolen Lives; Targets: Reporters in Iraq; and Takedown: The DNA of GSP.