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A winter of film in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

by aanationtalk on January 16, 2014687 Views

The Rendez-vous de l’ONF en Acadie kicks off a new season
Moncton, January 15, 2014 – The return of the Rendez-vous de l’ONF en Acadie will bring a winter of film screenings to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Starting the week of January 26, 2014, audiences will be treated to 12 consecutive weeks of free admission to great films in French.
Movie-goers will enjoy a variety of fascinating subjects and people this season. Screenings will include new releases and classic films along with some visually stunning animated shorts. The NFB will also pay tribute to filmmaker Michel Brault, who died in 2013. A number of these films have won awards or been nominated at FICFA, Sundance, or IDFA in Amsterdam.
Screening schedule 
•    Sundays at 7 p.m.: Pointe-de-l’Église, NS 
•    Mondays at 7 p.m.: Moncton 
•    Mondays at 7:30 p.m.: Caraquet 
•    Tuesdays at 7 p.m.: Fredericton and Bathurst 
•    Thursdays at 7 p.m.: Edmundston 
* No screenings in Edmundston during the weeks of February 2, 16 and 23 and the week of March 30.

Season launch: Absences, by Carole Laganière (2013) 

This award-winning Quebec documentary, produced through the NFB’s Filmmaker-in-Residence program, relates the stories of four people facing a void in their lives and their simultaneous feelings of loss and resilience. The film broaches various facets of absence, including the director’s own struggle with her mother’s increasing remoteness due to Alzheimer’s disease. Like a chain of life, Absences attests to the great fragility of human emotions. Screenings start on January 26.

Éloge du chiac and Éloge du chiac – Part 2 

As a tribute to the great filmmaker Michel Brault, who died in September 2013, the NFB is dedicating an evening to his film Éloge du chiac, shot in Moncton in 1969, and to Éloge du chiac – Part 2 by Marie Cadieux, who picks up the conversation 40 years later. Both films will be screened during the week of February 2. 
In the week of February 9, the Alanis Obomsawin documentary Hi-Ho Mistahey! (2013) tells the story of Shannen’s Dream, a national campaign to give First Nations children access to equitable education and to safe and comfortable schools. Starting February 16, discover the passion of clock maker Marc Ferland in À l’abri du temps (Stéphane Drolet, 2000). Les ailes de Johnny May (The Wings of Johnny May, Marc Fafard, 2013) introduces audiences to the first Inuit aviator in Nunavik during the week of March 2. During the week of March 9, the documentary musical Mes Prairies, mes amours (My Prairie Home, Chelsea McMullan, 2013) tells a story set in the spectacular landscapes of the Prairies with singer Rae Spoon. 
Programming at a glance 
•    January 26 to 30: Absences (Carole Laganière, 2013) 
•    February 2 to 4: Éloge du chiac (Michel Brault, 1969) and Éloge du chiac – Part 2 (Marie Cadieux, 2009) 
•    February 9 to 13: Hi-Ho Mistahey! (Alanis Obomsawin, 2013) 
•    February 16 to 18: À l’abri du temps (Stéphane Drolet, 2000) 
•    February 23 to 25: Kid Sentiment (Jacques Godbout, 1967) 
•    March 2 to 6: Les ailes de Johnny May (The Wings of Johnny May, Marc Fafard, 2013) 
•    March 9 to 13: Mes Prairies, mes amours (My Prairie Home, Chelsea McMullan, 2013) 
•    March 16 to 20: NCR: non criminellement responsable (NCR: Not Criminally Responsible, John Kastner, 2013) 
•    March 23 to 27: Autoportrait sans moi (Danic Champoux, 2013) 
•    March 30 to April 1: Point de fuite (Vanishing Point, Stephen A. Smith, Julia Szucs, 2012) 
•    April 6 to 10: Le fromage à l’île d’Orléans (Léo Plamondon, 1978) and Les oiseaux blancs de l’île d’Orléans (Diane Létourneau, 1977)
•    April 13 to 17: Ariel (Laura Bari, 2013)   

These free screenings will be held in the following theatres: 
•     Pointe-de-l’Église: Salle Marc-Lescarbot at Université Sainte-Anne (1695 Route 1) 
•     Caraquet: Cinéma du Centre (220 Boul. Saint-Pierre Ouest) 
•     Moncton: Amphitheater in Pavillon Jacqueline-Bouchard at Université de Moncton 
•     Fredericton: Bibliothèque Dre-Marguerite-Michaud (Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne, 715 Priestman St.) 
•    Bathurst: Room N370 at Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (725 Du College St.) 
•     Edmundston: Mgr. W.J. Conway Public Library (33 Irène St.) 

About the NFB 

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, creating groundbreaking interactive documentaries and animation, mobile content, installations and participatory experiences. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webbys and 12 Oscars. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit or download its appsfor smartphones, tablets and connected TV. 

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For more information 

Madeleine Blanchard, for the NFB 
Telephone: 506-871-3638 

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB 
Telephone: 514-283-3838 
Cell: 514-296-8261

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