Quebecor is proud to present the Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) for the 8th consecutive year. From October 5 to 16, movie buffs of all stripes will gather for the 45th annual FNC film festival to share their passion for cinema. Quebecor is equally devoted to film. That is why it supports the FNC with a financial contribution and a large-scale promotional campaign in all its media outlets. In this anniversary year, Éléphant: The memory of Québec cinema will also be at the festival, paying tribute to two great Québec directors by presenting free screenings of four restored feature films.
Supporting Québec cinematic talent and bringing it to a wide audience is our mission and the reason we back this major festival. Québec movies have always spoken to our hearts and our sense of wonder. So too does the FNC. I tip my hat to the organizers and wish them every success with this year’s festival.
Quebecor is honoured to present the prestigious Louve d’Or award for best film in the International Competition. The winner is chosen by a jury of movie professionals. It is accompanied by a cash prize from Quebecor to support the director’s future work. Several Quebecor subsidiaries are also supporting the FNC, including MAtv, which is presenting the Prix Créativité in the Focus section (short films) and TVA Films, which is screening the film A Quiet Passion.
Éléphant is proud to honour the memory of filmmaker, author and actor André Melançon by presenting the Canadian-Argentine co-production Fierro... l’été des secrets (1989), a magnificent film that tells the story of three children spending a summer on a ranch with their grandfather and the ever-present horses. Fierro transports the viewer into the untamed beauty of the Argentine pampas while remaining focused on the children and their adventures with their grandfather.
Fierro will be shown at the Pavillon Judith-Jasmin Annexe (Salle Jean-Claude Lauzon) on Sunday, October 16 at 5 p.m.
The second tribute will be to Jean-Pierre Lefebvre, a director who always stayed clear of the cinematic beaten path. The Abel trilogy starring Marcel Sabourin, a key part of Lefebvre’s impressive filmography, will be shown.
The first film in the trilogy, Il ne faut pas mourir pour ça (1967), is a sensitive portrayal of a man at a turning point in his life, a film about death and disillusion. The central character’s situation and his worries are bound up with the complexities of his country, Canada, and the things about it he wants to change.
Il ne faut pas mourir pour ça will be shown at the Cinémathèque québécoise on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m.
The second instalment in the trilogy, Le vieux pays où Rimbaud est mort (1977), is one of Lefebvre’s most accessible works. The Quebecer Abel travels to the country of his ancestors and discovers two lands, the France of the clichés and the France of human relationships.
Le vieux pays où Rimbaud est mort will be shown at the Cinémathèque québécoise on Saturday, October 15 at 5 p.m.
Finally, in Aujourd’hui ou jamais (1998), Abel, once a passionate aviator, has not flown since the death of his co-pilot and best friend. Fifteen years later, now in his 50s, he gets into the cockpit again. But things do not go exactly as planned.
Aujourd’hui ou jamais will be shown at the Pavillon Judith-Jasmin Annexe (Salle Jean-Claude Lauzon) on Sunday, October 16 at 7 p.m.