150 screenings in 62 cities across Canada! Now that’s a full slate of films. From March 4 to 20, the National Film Board is participating in the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s annual celebration of French culture, screening films from coast to coast for the sixth year in a row.
Three Programs with something for everyone
The NFB is presenting three film programs geared to general audiences, on subjects with universal appeal: the power of words, the meaning of life, hope for the future and social engagement. Selected for their authenticity and conviction, the films attest to the diversity and vitality of Canada’s French-speaking communities.
Antonine Maillet – Les possibles sont infinis / Antonine Maillet – The Possibilities Are Endless is an intimate encounter with the Acadian writer whose fictional character, La Sagouine, brought her acclaim. She went on to achieve international fame when she was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1979. This unique autobiographical portrait by Ginette Pellerin is enhanced by readings from the author’s works, interviews with people who know her and personal revelations by Antonine herself. The program opens with the animated short, Le nœud cravate / The Necktie, the first film by talented young Quebec animation filmmaker Jean-François Lévesque. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Les porteurs d’espoir / Hope Builders is an upbeat, inspiring and educational film about children who, with the help of their teacher, are paving the way to a more environmentally conscious future. The film was shot in Quebec and directed by renowned filmmaker Fernand Dansereau, who is best known for Les filles de Caleb. Preceded by Foufou, a short directed by Sara Guindon under the NFB Hothouse apprenticeship program for emerging Canadian talent. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Chers électeurs / After the Ballot by Manuel Foglia takes a humorous look at the daily trials and tribulations of two MNAs in Quebec. As the film aptly illustrates, they have very little authority since the real power is wielded by ministers, who in turn must grapple with the ups and downs of a globalized economy. Is the job of an MNA really a “mission impossible?” Democracy is never easy, no matter what province you call home! Recommended for ages 14 and up.
For the complete schedule of NFB screenings at the RVF, visit the official Rendez-vous de la francophonie 2011 Website RVF.CA.
List of the 62 participating Canadian cities:
AB – Alberta
CB – British Colombia
IPE – Prince Edward Island
MB – Manitoba
NB – New Brunswick
NE – Nova Scotia
NU – Nunavut
ON – Ontario
QC – Quebec
SK – Saskatchewan
TNL – Newfoundland and Labrador
TNO – Northwest Territories
YK – Yukon