The 41st Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma pays tribute to Jean Lapointe

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The 41st Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma pays tribute to Jean Lapointe

Actor, singer and senator Jean Lapointe will be celebrated at the 41st Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma.

Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma (RVQC) unveiled Monday the programming of their 41st presence in Montreal, which will be dedicated to the great Jean Lapointe, who passed away last November. Radio-Canada, which is co-presenting the festival taking place from February 22 to March 4, is preparing, among other things, a special evening for the 25th anniversary of 'A guy, a girl, four new episodes of which will be released on March 9 .

Jean Lapointe's memory will be honored during a screening of the film At the Origin of a Scream (2011), by director Robin Aubert, which won the actor the Jutra Prize ( Iris since 2017) for best supporting actor for his role as grandfather.

Director André Brassard, who also died last year, will also be honored , either during a screening of the filmOnce Upon a Time in the East(1974),which he directed and co-wrote with Michel Tremblay. The same goes for Indigenous filmmaker Jeff Barnaby, who died in October, in whose honor a special screening of his film Rhymes for Young Ghouls(2013) will take place.

Remember that the kick-off of the 41st RVQC will be given on February 22, with the world premiere of the film The Diver, adaptation of the eponymous novel by Stéphane Larue directed by Francis Leclerc. The screenwriter of the film, Éric K. Boulianne (Viking,Farador), will also host one of the festival's three film lessons, as will Miryam Charles (Cette maison) and Robert Morin (7 paysages< /em>).

Henri Picard plays the title role in the film “The Diver”, an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Stéphane The street.

The festival will end on March 4 with the comedy Farador, by Edouard Tremblay, an extended version of the cult short film The Battle of Farador, which caused a sensation on the web in the early 2010s with his Dungeons & Dragons jokes. It stars Eric K. Boulianne, Catherine Brunet, Benoit Drouin-Germain and Lucien Ratio.

It was really a success in the geek milieu., says Eric K. Boulianne, who also contributed to the writing of the film. The short film worked, so we took his universe and expanded it.

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In total, more than 300 films will be presented at the RVQC this year, including 50 feature-length fiction films, 32 feature-length documentaries and 156 short films. Among these productions, 145 are in the running for one of the 12 RVQC prizes, including the prestigious Gilles-Carle prize, accompanied by a $10,000 grant, which rewards a best first or second fiction feature film.


A series of premieres are planned for the Blue Carpet evenings, which will take place at the Imperial, in Montreal, during the festival.

The public will thus be able to discover Borders, a new film by Guy Édoin, which will be presented for the first time on February 27. The feature film, which stars Pascale Bussières and Micheline Lanctôt, tells the story of a woman convinced that her farm in the Eastern Townships is haunted.

Pascale Bussières and Mégane Proulx in a scene from the film “Frontières”

Twilight for a killer, by filmmaker Raymond St-Jean, will also be presented before its theatrical release on February 28. As for Jour de merde, the first feature film by Kevin T. Landry, in which Valérie Blais and Réal Bossé appear, it will be released on February 29. An evening devoted to short films is also on the schedule.

Documentary films are not forgotten this year. Five feature films will premiere: Les cedars du Liban, by Frédéric Nassif, Émilienne ou le temps qui passe, by Coralie Lemieux-Sabourin, Second chances, by Farzin Farzaneh,L'ordre secret, by Phil Comeau, and Undertaker : life is beautiful!, by Georges Hannan.

Several fictions and documentaries noticed last year, such as Viking, by Stéphane Lafleur, Confession, by Luc Picard, Falcon Lake, by Charlotte Le Bon, or even Hail bitch,by Léa Clermont-Dion and Guylaine Maroist, will also be broadcast in several Montreal theaters during the 41st RVQC, such as the Cinéplex Odéon in the Latin Quarter and the Cinémathèque québécoise.

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 dlqbmr">The film “Viking”, by Stéphane Lafleur, was hailed by critics.

No less than 156 short films will find their place during the festival, including Simo, by Aziz Zoromba, Nanitic, by Carol Nguyen, and No Ghost à la morgue, by Marilyn Cooke. The Quebec Short Film Gala Prends ça court! will be presented on March 2 at the Cinémathèque québécoise on the occasion of the RVQC.

Radio-Canada, partner of the RVQC this year, will also celebrate local talent with a big event to mark the 25th anniversary of A guy, a girl, an essential series which will be relaunched with four new episodes on March 9.

For the occasion, Sébastien Diaz and Catherine Beauchamp will host an evening directed by Emmanuel Schwartz, in the presence by Guy A. Lepage, Sylvie Léonard and the rest of the cast, Thursday, February 23 at 6 p.m., at the Cinémathèque québécoise. On the menu: interviews, re-readings of legendary scenes and broadcasts of exclusive excerpts.

Guy A Lepage and Sylvie Léonard will be back in March in the series “A guy, a girl”.< /p>

Radio-Canada will also premiere the complete second season of the series I would like to be erased, which is coming to ICI Tou. tv Extra on March 3. The event will be held on March 1 at 8:30 p.m., in room 10 of the Cineplex Odeon in the Latin Quarter.

Quebec cinema will also be showcased from February 15 to March 4 on ICI Extra thanks to a special program of 50 works, including Les scènes fortuites, by Guillaume Lambert, and It was raining birds, by Louise Archambault.

  • The Diver premiered at Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma on February 22
  • < li>Guy Édoin's new film, Frontières, premieres at the RVQC

With information from Catherine Richer

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