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NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
NFB Catalog MIPCOM 2009
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  • 1. MIPCOM 2009 Waterlife
  • 2. Focus on the NFB • 70 years • 13,000 productions • 5,000 awards • 70 Oscar® nominations (and 12 wins) • And 1,000+ films to stream online at NFB.ca The world changes, our stories live on: The National Film community filmmaking projects, cross-platform media, Board of Canada marks its 70th anniversary in 2009 with a interactive cinema, stereoscopic animation – and more. Since new national online Screening Room and a slate of bold, the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 innovative productions. Canada’s public film producer and productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars distributor, the NFB produces and distributes social-issue and more than 90 Genies. In 2009, the works of NFB documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and animation pioneer Norman McLaren were added to digital content that provide the world with a unique perspective. UNESCO’s Memory of the World Registry. To watch over 1,000 In collaboration with its international partners and co-producers, productions online or for more information, visit <NFB.ca>. the NFB is expanding the vocabulary of 21st-century cinema and breaking new ground in form and content, through
  • 3. Table of Contents Documentary The Strangest Dream 10 Runaway 18 Targets: Reporters in Iraq 10 Spare Change 18 Arctic Circle 4 This Land 10 The Spine 19 A Time There Was: Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony 4 Tiger Spirit 11 Tying Your Own Shoes 19 Avenue Zero 4 Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Vive la Rose 19 Humanitarian Dilemma 11 Capturing Reality: Wapos Bay 20 The Art of Documentary 5 Tulku 11 Under the Hood: The Coca-Cola Case 5 A Voyage into the World of Torture 12 Coming Soon Earth Keepers 5 Waterlife 12 Examined Life 6 Kent Nagano and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 22 Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action 6 Animation Living with Murder 22 Finding Farley 6 The Prosecutor 22 Four Wings and a Prayer 7 Animate Everything! 15 Seven Wonders 23 Griefwalker 7 How People Got Fire 15 The “Socalled” Movie 23 Has God Forsaken Africa? 7 Land of the Heads 15 Turning 32 23 Invisible City 8 Léon in Wintertime 16 Victims and Executioners Martha of the North 8 The Man Who Slept 16 The Fate of Girl-Soldiers 24 Outbreak: Anatomy of a Pandemic 8 Molly in Springtime 16 War is Not a Game 24 Paris 1919 9 Peggy Baker in Four Phrases 17 Reel Injun – On the Trail of the The Real Place 17 Hollywood Indian 9 NFB at your fingertips, visit Retouches 17 RiP! A Remix Manifesto 9 Robes of War 18 NFB.ca/distribution
  • 4. Documentary Arctic Circle A Time There Was: Avenue Zero Ground Zero of the climate crisis — the Arctic is Stories from the Last Days of Asian girls are enslaved in a suburban massage being devastated by global warming at a faster Kenya Colony parlour... Vancouver gangs recruit Honduran boys rate than any other ecosystem. A stunning duo of to sell drugs... Girls in a Montreal subway station HD programs explore various aspects of the Under British rule, white settlers claimed the land are lured into prostitution... Human trafficking is crisis: the threat to wildlife as polar bears and of hills and valleys — and all its gifts — but by a reality today, and it’s happening closer to home seals contend with dramatic shifts in their the 1950s, they could no longer stem the tide of than you might think. Featuring candid interviews environment, and the international race as long-simmering resentment by the colonized with victims, witnesses and perpetrators, Avenue governments and industry rush to claim newly Kikuyu people. Donald McWilliams was there. Zero paints a dark portrait of a sinister trade revealed natural resources. At stake — untold And, combining his own photographic records flourishing in the shadows of the law. riches and the future of the planet itself with archival footage, original animation and interviews with players from both sides, he returns to Kenya to confront his past and tell the story of the Mau Mau Rebellion. 2 x 42 min 52 min French version available soon 88 min Available in French Avenue Zéro A Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) and French version available soon Produced by Les Productions Virage National Film Board of Canada co-production Produced by the National Film Board of Canada Distributed by the National Film Board of Canada 4
  • 5. Documentary Capturing Reality: The Coca-Cola Case Earth Keepers The Art of Documentary Colombian union leaders are assassinated. Their Human beings — and the damage we cause to Filmmakers have been trying to capture reality ever colleagues are kidnapped and tortured by the planet — are the biggest challenge Mother since the Lumière Brothers — and the documentary paramilitary forces. And the trail leads back to Nature has ever faced. But rather than give in to genre has sparked lively debate ever since. The their employer — the legendary Coca-Cola apathy, activist Mikaël Rioux takes inspiration National Film Board of Canada — a crucible of Company. Dusting off a 200-year-old law, two from visionaries on the front lines of eco- innovation since 1939 — proudly presents American lawyers sue the company for human innovation around the world. He is looking for Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary, a rights abuses — in the United States. With all the answers and reaching out to form an inspiring landmark reference piece that features some of the makings of a cross-border legal thriller, this is vision for the future. Are you listening? genre’s brightest lights. From Errol Morris and Albert their extraordinary story. Maysles to Alanis Obomsawin, Nick Broomfield and the great iconoclast Werner Herzog — over thirty leading directors discuss the creative genre that is documentary. Featuring clips from Grey Gardens, The Thin Blue Line, Darwin’s Nightmare and other groundbreaking docs. 97 min 80 min • 52 min in production 43 min • 82 min • 52 min in production Available in French Available in French L’Affaire Coca-Cola Available in French Visionnaires planétaires L’art du réel – Le cinéma documentaire Produced by Argus Films in co-production with the Produced by Films du Rapide-blanc in association Produced by the National Film Board of Canada National Film Board of Canada with the National Film Board of Canada 5
  • 6. Documentary Examined Life Fierce Light: Finding Farley Visually inventive and unashamedly brainy, When Spirit Meets Action After filming the 2004 NFB documentary Being Examined Life takes philosophy out of academia Can compassion change the world? In the face Caribou, Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison struck and into the streets. Taking a cue from Nietzsche, of unprecedented threats to global well-being, up a friendship with legendary Canadian author who said that only ideas conceived while walking an exciting new wave of activism is sweeping the Farley Mowat.And now, with their two-year-old son have value, Astra Taylor embarks on a series of planet. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, writer Alice in tow, they’re on a six-month, cross-continent transitory encounters with the leading thinkers of Walker and actor/activist Daryl Hannah are odyssey to the writer’s Cape Breton farmhouse. our age. Sharing a Manhattan cab with Cornel West, among the charismatic personalities who speak Travelling by canoe, train and sailboat, the journey walking San Francisco with Judith Butler and out in Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action. will test their limits and take them through the very garbage-picking with the iconoclastic Slavoj Zizek, From the producers of The Corporation comes an wilderness that inspired Mowat’s most famous works. Taylor reframes moral philosophy and cultural theory inspiring profile of a movement that is capturing Farley Mowat is the author of over 40 books, in a vital new light. hearts and minds from Los Angeles to Vietnam. including Never Cry Wolf and People of the Deer. Also featuring Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Hardt and Sunaura Taylor. 90 min Available in French La vie sous examen 97 min Available in French Lumière ardente : Quand Produced by Sphinx Productions in co-production l’esprit rencontre l’action 62 min • 52 min in production with the National Film Board of Canada in French version available soon association with Ontario Media Development Produced by Fiercelight Films in co-production with Corporation, TVO and Knowledge Network the National Film Board of Canada Produced by the National Film Board of Canada 6
  • 7. Documentary Four Wings and a Prayer Griefwalker Has God Forsaken Africa? Oscar®-nominated actress Kristin Scott Thomas An extraordinary portrait of the man they call the Discover the tribulations of five young narrates one of nature’s most astounding stories Angel of Death, Griefwalker features Stephen Senegalese men seeking to emigrate at any cost. — the 3,000-kilometre migration of the monarch Jenkinson — the Harvard-trained theologian who In a Dakar neighbourhood, Kader, Ibrahima, butterfly. A winner at the Banff World Television believes in “befriending death.” As the baby- Ahmadou, Omar and Djiby meet every day on the Festival, Four Wings and a Prayer captures all boomer generation enters old age, Jenkinson “strays’ bench” to share their burdens and build the wonder of the monarch’s phenomenal flight challenges the cultural denial and neurosis their dreams of a future in the West. Their goal: to from eastern Canada to the volcanic mountains surrounding mortality. It’s only in accepting find a captain to take them by canoe, or of Mexico, while raising the alarm on its death, he maintains, that we learn to live life to someone who will sell them a visa on the black threatened habitat. Based on the acclaimed the fullest. A powerful and illuminating film from market. This story echoes the hardships of book by Sue Halpern. award-winning director Tim Wilson. thousands of young Africans. 81 min Available in French L’Aile d’un Papillon... 70 min • 52 min in production 52 min Produced by Primitive Entertainment in co-production with Films à Trois and the Available in French L’Accompagnateur Available in French Dieu a-t-il quitté l’Afrique? National Film Board of Canada Produced by the National Film Board of Canada Produced by the National Film Board of Canada 7
  • 8. Documentary Invisible City Martha of the North Outbreak: Kendell and Mikey live in Toronto’s Regent Park, Geopolitics and movie history collide in the Anatomy of a Pandemic Canada’s oldest housing project. And over the astonishing story of Martha Flaherty, whose In a climate of political tensions, confusion and next decade, their inner-city community will be family members were used as pawns in Canada’s fear, a once-eradicated deadly disease makes a torn down in the name of urban renewal. Filmed Cold-War claim to the High Arctic — an issue with comeback. Inspired by Plague: A Story of Smallpox over three years as the walls come down around renewed contemporary resonance. In a surprise in Montreal, Michael Bliss’s bestselling book, them, Invisible City chronicles Kendell and twist Martha reveals her link to Robert Flaherty, Outbreak: Anatomy of a Pandemic, examines the Mikey’s struggles at school and on the street, as the legendary director who fathered — but never world’s last great urban epidemic in Montreal in they battle stereotypes, peer pressure, poverty acknowledged — a son with Maggie Nujuarluktuk, 1885; recounts how an international team of and the odds to find a promising future. one of the Inuit “stars” of Nanook of the North. scientists conquered the disease a century later; Clips from Flaherty’s classic film provide ironic From Academy Award®-nominated director and explains why this invisible killer is now back counterpoint to Martha’s story. Hubert Davis with a vengeance. 75 min 47 min • 83 min 90 min • 52 min in production French version available soon Available in French Martha qui vient du froid French version available soon Produced by Industry Pictures and Shine Films in Produced by Les Productions Virage in association Produced by PMA Productions inc. in co-production co-production with the National Film Board of Canada with the National Film Board of Canada with the National Film Board of Canada 8
  • 9. Documentary Paris 1919 Reel Injun – On the Trail of RiP! A Remix Manifesto The last shots had been fired in the worst war of the Hollywood Indian More than a movie — it’s a cultural event. all time — but peace had yet to be brokered. Where did Hollywood get its native stereotypes? And Entertaining, provocative and hot-button topical, Inspired by Margaret MacMillan’s acclaimed book, is there any truth to them? Tracing a humorous RiP! A Remix Manifesto gauges the impact of Paris 1919 takes us inside the most ambitious history of Native people on the silver screen, digital technology on global culture, as old ideas peace talks in history with a vivid sense of story Cree-Indian director Neil Diamond sets the of intellectual property and copyright get joyously and character. Recreating popular history at its record straight. And with clips from hundreds of trashed. Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative engaging best, Oscar®-nominated director Paul films, and candid interviews with the likes of Clint Commons, joins mash-up artist Girl Talk, Brazilian Cowan evokes the extraordinary atmosphere of Eastwood and Graham Greene, he proves how music legend Gilberto Gil and Mickey Mouse in the post-war metropolis, while reflecting on the powerful American myths have influenced our this rock-n-radical pop doc hit. great missed opportunities of history. understanding (and misunderstanding) of North American Natives. 90 min • 2 x 1 hr 85 min • 52 min in production Available in French Paris 1919 French version available soon 85 min Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in Produced by Rezolution Pictures International Inc. Available in French RiP : Remix manifesto co-production with 13 Production, Galafilm and Arte in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada Produced by EyeSteelFilm in co-production with the France and in association with TVO and in association with CBC Newsworld National Film Board of Canada 9
  • 10. Documentary The Strangest Dream Targets: Reporters in Iraq This Land The Strangest Dream recounts the story of Since 2004, the war in Iraq has become impossibly Every year, the Canadian army conducts a Joseph Rotblat, the history of nuclear weapons dangerous for journalists. Few remain in Iraq and sovereignty patrol in the High Arctic. And this year, and the fight against their proliferation. Featuring fewer still venture outside the Green Zone or work their mission is to plant a flag at its northernmost interviews with members of the Pugwash movement unembedded. Meet some of the unembedded tip. The gruelling and dangerous journey takes and passionate public figures such as Senator reporters and follow their incredible stories. them across jagged sea ice and the hostile Roméo Dallaire, this compelling documentary Among them are Canadian Scott Taylor and Turkish terrain of the North. And, as the Rangers — most demonstrates the renewed threat of nuclear journalist Zeynep Tugrul, who were kidnapped and of them Inuit — lay claim to the land, filmmaker weapons, while encouraging hope through the tortured by an Al-Qaeda-related group in Tal Afar, one Dianne Whelan documents the icy landscape… example of morally engaged scientists and citizens. of the most dangerous spots in Iraq.They managed before it disappears. to talk their way out.This is their heart-stopping story. We also see the war as it continues to degenerate, through the lenses of several award-winning photographers from the New York Times, the Guardian and Newsweek. And we meet local Iraqi journalists and see how the violence against reporters affects them and how the targeting of journalists in Iraq has changed war journalism itself. 47 min 90 min Available in French Journalistes en Irak 35 min Available in French Un rêve étrange Produced by Triplex Films French version available soon Produced by the National Film Board of Canada Distributed by the National Film Board of Canada Produced by the National Film Board of Canada 10
  • 11. Documentary Tiger Spirit Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Tulku Korea is a divided nation.The psychic scar shared Humanitarian Dilemma When he was three years old, Gesar Mukpo by families divided during the Korean War in the became one of the first people born outside Tibet Director Patrick Reed follows Dr. James Orbinski 1950s is symbolized by the Demilitarized Zone to be recognized as a tulku — the present-day on a heart-wrenching journey back to the lands (DMZ) dividing communist North from capitalist reincarnation of a Buddhist master. And, for his and people whose life-and-death struggle South. Along this infamous border, filmmaker Min entire life, he’s been trying to figure out what that marked him forever. Dr. Orbinski has personally Sook Lee begins an emotion-charged journey into really means. In this intensely personal documentary, witnessed a world gone mad as a doctor during Korea’s broken heart, exploring the rhetoric and Gesar journeys from New York City to Nepal, the Rwandan genocide, the Somali famine and realism of reunification through the extraordinary tracking down other Western tulkus who struggle other catastrophes. In Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s stories of ordinary people. to reconcile the ideologies of East and West. Humanitarian Dilemma, the past president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) takes the viewer back to the land and people whose life-and-death struggle marked him forever. 88 min • 52 min • 46 min 52 min • 73 min Available in French Triage : le dilemme Available in French L’esprit du tigre humanitaire du Dr James Orbinski 76 min • 52 min in production Produced by Storyline Entertainment Inc. in Produced by White Pine Pictures in co-production Available in French Tulku co-production with the National Film Board of Canada with the National Film Board of Canada Produced by the National Film Board of Canada 11
  • 12. Documentary Under the Hood: A Voyage Waterlife into the World of Torture The Great Lakes provide daily drinking water for 35 million people... and yet they’re under assault The war against terror is being used today by by the deadly combination of sewage, industrial democratic countries to justify torturing victims toxins, invasive species, climate change and with full impunity. This documentary explores the profound apathy. Immersing us in the extraordinary history of torture as well as America’s shameful beauty of these lakes, Waterlife examines the history of complicity with the perpetrators to show ecological complexity and extreme distress of the the true face of suffering and sound a warning last great supply of fresh water on Earth. Will we about a barbarity that is becoming institutionalized. act before it’s too late? Narrated by Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip 107 min Available in French Sous la cagoule, un voyage 109 min • 52 min in production au bout de la torture Available in French L’eau c’est la vie Produced by Macumba International inc. in Produced by Primitive Entertainment in co-production co-production with the National Film Board of Canada with the National Film Board of Canada 12
  • 13. Celebrating NFB ANIMATION Since 1942, the NFB’s animation unit has been pushing creative and technical boundaries. And, from pinscreen and pixilation, to classic cartoon and 3D animation, the extraordinary results speak for themselves. NFB animation is cited as an important international influence by the likes of George Lucas and the late Stanley Kubrick. Scores of NFB animation directors have risen to international prominence. Plus, we’ve garnered a total of 32 Oscar® nominations (and seven wins), and 20 awards from the Cannes International Film Festival. Recognized internationally as a pioneering force in auteur animation, the NFB is the world’s leading publicly funded animation producer.
  • 14. Focus on JACQUES DROUIN Master of Shadow and Light With an extraordinary career spanning nearly four darkness. As they are pushed in, their shorter shadows decades, filmmaker Jacques Drouin is a master of create shades of grey. And, when they are pushed in pinscreen animation – one of the rarest and most completely, a brilliant white light shines through. difficult animation techniques in the world. Starting with a white screen pierced by hundreds of thousands of Highlighting this painstaking process, and the pins, Drouin captures cinematic images of shadow and filmmaker’s extraordinary prowess, is a new light through minute and meticulous adjustments. When documentary, Jacques Drouin, In Relief – to be released all the pins are pushed out, their shadows create total in December 2009. Films by Jacques Drouin: •Trois exercices sur l’écran d’épingle d’Alexeïeff (1974) •Ex-Child (1994) •Mindscape (1976) •A Hunting Lesson (2001) •Nightangel (1986) •Imprints (2004)
  • 15. Animation Animate Everything! How People Got Fire Land of the Heads Take a picture. Move the object. Take another The village children sit in Grandma Kay’s kitchen Forced to decapitate ever-growing numbers of picture. With help from their dad, a professional — drinking tea, eating bannock, and listening to children for his youth-obsessed, head-swapping animator, Lindsay and her brother, Will, explore the tale of how clever Crow gave fire to humans. mistress, Emile is an unhappy little ogre living in creative ways of making animation. And, using Twelve-year-old Tish is among them. And a perpetual world of gloom… that is, until the simple objects they find in the garden, at school although she thinks “now will never be now day an enchanting songstress moves him to and on the beach, suddenly they discover again,” Grandma Kay’s timeless story connects revolt. Featuring dark humour and an expressionistic themselves on the road, under the sea, in a video her with a rich past where myth and reality combination of 2D bas-relief and 3D puppet game and even blasting off into outer space. A collide. An inter-generational, cross-cultural animation, Land of the Heads blends classic collection of five animated shorts. collaboration by filmmaker Daniel Janke and a horror with a happy ending. group of young First Nations animators. 6 min 12 min 16 min Available in French Au pays des têtes Available in French Tout en animation! French version available soon Produced by Hélium Films in co-production with the Produced by the National Film Board of Canada Produced by the National Film Board of Canada National Film Board of Canada 15
  • 16. Animation Léon in Wintertime The Man Who Slept Molly in Springtime One winter, a ravenous ogre terrorizes the land A grief-stricken woman mourns her late husband. The carnival celebrations have begun, and lucky of King Balthasar. Meanwhile, Léon, an adopted But blinded by her love and sorrow, she still sees Princess Molly has just been crowned queen of the bear cub, runs away from home. Braving the cold, him as sleeping soundly in their bed. A rooster event. For her king, she chooses a young bear he has many an adventure. Léon befriends a crows, the village comes alive, and the man named Leon, but Boniface, the storyteller, has hedgehog and an elephant, confronts an ogre slumbers on. Although she is crushed by the other ideas and is willing to resort to extreme and sets Princess Molly Gingerbread free. In the weight of her sorrow, the broken woman finally measures to get his hands on the princess, the end, the cub earns everybody’s respect (and lets go to find that the cycle of love lives on. crown, and the kingdom... Can Molly and her even some self-respect). This puppet animation hedgehog pal foil his wicked plot and save the day? is a charming medieval tale topped with a spoonful of honey! 27 min 26 min Available in French L’hiver de Léon 12 min Available in French Le printemps de Mélie Produced by Folimage in co-production with Available in French L'homme qui dort Produced by Folimage in co-production with Piwi, TPS Jeunesse, Divertissement Subséquence and Produced by Sacrebleu Productions in co-production Divertissement Subséquence and the the National Film Board of Canada with Central Unit and the National Film Board of Canada National Film Board of Canada 16
  • 17. Animation Peggy Baker in Four Phrases The Real Place Retouches This animated celebration of a great Canadian artist Puccini’s famous aria from the opera Tosca, Vissi d’arte, Visual acrobat Georges Schwizgebel plays with explores the passion and energy that propel the vissi d'amore (“I lived for art, I lived for love”) provides perceptions and grasps at the fleeting movements groundbreaking modern dancer, choreographer and a fitting summation of playwright John Murrell’s life and of our lives. And as waves break unceasingly on teacher Peggy Baker. “Everything is evaporating, work. Born in Lubbock, Texas, John Murrell became a the shore, Retouches marks time with an ever- even as it happens,” Baker says. And in her ever- playwright in, of all places, an Alberta high school. changing cadence of motion and sound. Lapping changing world of fleeting moments, dance is a rich, Caprice and serendipity have marked his work ever waves give way to windshield wiper blades… and transformative metaphor that resonates long after a since. Animator Cam Christiansen gives Murrell's a hurdler racing across the field becomes a performance is over. imagination free rein, suspending the laws of time and tennis game where the ball is motionless, and space, to create a visual accompaniment to the where the court itself is at play around it. playwright's flights of poetic fancy. Despite its more fantastic elements, Murrell’s work is grounded in a profound appreciation for the real. History and place play a critical role in his work, where everyone from Sarah Bernhardt to Walt Whitman puts in an appearance. But behind the spectacle, the mask, and the play itself, is a man happily creating his own world. 5 min 5 min 5 min Available in French Le véritable lieu Available in French Retouches Available in French Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in A co-production by Studio GDS, the Peggy Baker en quatre phrases co-production with the National Arts Centre and the National Film Board of Canada, the Télévision Produced by the National Film Board of Canada Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation Suisse Romande and Arte France 17
  • 18. Animation Robes of War Runaway Spare Change War has pierced her maternal armour… and from What if the world were a driverless train thundering Spare Change is a joyous and surreal journey within her head, soldiers march out, trampling recklessly over bumpy tracks? In his third NFB short, through Oscar®-nominated animator Ryan Larkin’s everything in their path. Like a grieving Madonna, twice-Oscar®-nominated Cordell Barker presents his powerful imagination. Completed after his death she weeps for son and brother, and from the caustic and comical answer, because when this train and based on comical experiences he had as a blood of the fallen, an army of women emerges runs into trouble, the result is a class struggle that’s panhandler, this animated short film takes us to seek revenge. She who has given life, now as amusing as it is merciless. Rarely has a disaster from the sidewalks of wintry streets to the gates seeks to take it. With brushstrokes like stab seemed so delightful! With music by Benoit Charest of heaven and hell, and back. Featuring original wounds, Robes of War is a visceral, visual poem (The Triplets of Belleville). works by Larkin and the music of singer-songwriter by award-winning filmmaker Michèle Cournoyer. Laurie Gordon. 7 min Available in French 5 min 9 min Un peu de monnaie s’il vous plaît Available in French Robe de guerre Available in French Train en folie Produced by MusiVision in co-production with the Produced by the National Film Board of Canada Produced by the National Film Board of Canada National Film Board of Canada 18
  • 19. Animation The Spine Tying Your Own Shoes Vive la Rose Mary and Dan Rutherford are at a particularly “They thought I couldn’t tie my own shoes… They In an abandoned fisherman’s cabin, a simple tense group counselling session for couples thought I couldn’t do it… And I could do it!” man raises his voice in melancholy tribute to his living with co-dependency. After 26 years of Featuring animated segments created by young beloved. Filmed on location in Newfoundland, marriage, she’s become a ranting, weeping, adults with Down syndrome, Tying Your Own Shoes and based on a song performed by local musician misshapen sphere of a woman, and he is but a weaves together the stories, dreams and experiences Emile Benoit, Vive la Rose features an innovative shriveled shadow of his former self. “What’s of four exceptional artists who, guided by animation visual structure that, along with objects like fish happened to us, my songbird?” he asks. A filmmaker, Shira Avni, explain what being “special hooks, shells, and driftwood, give the film an poignant story of a man and woman trapped in needs” is all about. unusual physicality and mirror the tragic love a spiral of mutual destruction, from Oscar®-winning story as it unfolds. From Director Bruce Alcock. director Chris Landreth. 11 min Available in French L’échine Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in 6 min association with Copperheart Animation and C.O.R.E. 17 min Digital Pictures, and with the creative participation of Available in French Vive la rose Autodesk Canada Co. and Seneca College School of Available in French En laçant mes souliers Produced by Global Mechanic Inc. and the Communication Arts. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada National Film Board of Canada 19
  • 20. Animation Wapos Bay Aboriginal filmmakers Dennis and Melanie Jackson’s exquisite characters come alive with the voices of well-known Aboriginal performers such as Gordon Tootoosis (North of 60, Legends of the Fall), Andrea Menard (The Velvet Devil) and Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas). Wapos Bay is a fascinating, and often humorous portrait of a northern Aboriginal community from the perspective of its children. 19 x 24 min French version available soon Produced by Wapos Bay Productions in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada 20
  • 21. COMING SOON.... ,
  • 22. Coming Soon Kent Nagano and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal What does it take to make great music? Find out from famous conductor Kent Nagano, his world-class orchestra and the Living with Murder city they inspire. Produced by Ciné Qua Non Média, in co-production with BCE Film and the National Film Board of Canada Mason Jenkins is serving a life sentence for murdering his sister, Jennifer. But to his parents, he’s still their beloved little boy. Produced by JSK Jasper Productions Ltd in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada The Prosecutor Exploring the intricacies and challenges of international criminal court proceedings. Produced by White Pine Pictures in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada 22
  • 23. Coming Soon Seven Wonders Experience the exhilaration as seven of the world’s master drummers gather to teach, perform and inspire in the Canadian wilderness. Produced by John Walker Productions in co-production The “Socalled” Movie with the National Film Board of Canada Jam with Montreal-based music sensation Josh Dolgin and find out why he has diehard fans around the world. Turning 32 Produced by Beitel/Lazar Productions Inc. in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada It’s been 16 years since six remarkable sixteen-year-olds from the developing world first told us their stories. Where are they now? Produced by Adobe Productions in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada 23
  • 24. Coming Soon Victims and Executioners The Fate of Girl-Soldiers Paramilitary forces around the world regularly “recruit” girls as sex slaves, cooks and front-line fighters.This is the girls’ story. War is Not a Game Produced by Macumba International inc. in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada Soldiers from the front lines share their stories of war. Should they be held accountable for exceeding the authorized limits of violence? Produced by Ciné Qua Non Média in co-production with Simple Production, Lieurac Productions, PointProd and the National Film Board of Canada 24
  • 25. Léon in Wintertime
  • 26. NFB Contacts: NANCY MARIE Sales & Market Development, Europe & Africa 33 (3) 44.31.05.79 • n.marie@nfb.ca LORNE PRICE Sales & Market Development, Canada & Asia Pacific 514-283-9461 • l.price@nfb.ca CHRISTINA ROGERS Sales & Market Development, U.S.A., Latin America & International Theatrical © 2009 National Film Board of Canada. Printed in Canada 310-399-4519 • c.rogers@nfb.ca JAMES BELSHAM Sales & Market Development, UK & Scandinavia. Director – gel media jamesb@geltactix.co.uk • 44 (0) 12.77.21.12.35 ISABELLE BÉGIN Inflight Entertainment, International Sales 514-895-1301 • i.begin@skeye.tv NFB at MIPCOM 2009: 04.07 Telephone: 33 (0) 4.92.99.81.12 nfb.ca/distribution

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