November 8, 2018 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Starting today, Michel La Veaux’s feature documentary Labrecque, from Film to Memory (Labrecque, une caméra pour la mémoire, ACPAV/NFB) can be streamed for free on NFB.ca in Canada and Europe. The film captures an authentic, captivating encounter between renowned filmmaker and cinematographer Jean-Claude Labrecque and Michel La Veaux, one of Quebec’s most important cinematographers (Le démantèlement) and directors (Hôtel La Louisiane) in his own right. Following its world premiere at the Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue a year ago, the doc was screened at the Festival international du film de La Rochelle and had a successful theatrical run in Quebec. It recently won the Best Documentary award at the Festival de cinéma québécois des Grands Lacs in Biscarrosse, France.
To mark this online release, NFB.ca will be showcasing Jean-Claude Labrecque’s seminal body of work. A selection of films by this keen and passionate observer of Quebec culture and history is available for free streaming, including 60 cycles (1965) and Games of the XXI Olympiad (1977). Several of the major films on which he served as cinematographer, such as The Cat in the Bag by Gilles Groulx (1964), are also featured.
Labrecque, from Film to Memory, Michel La Veaux (90 min)
- Filmmaker and cinematographer Michel La Veaux shares his love of moviemaking with one of the pioneers of Quebec cinema: Jean-Claude Labrecque. At once a respectful tribute and a touching portrait, the documentary plays out like a conversation between two friends.
- Produced by Nicole Hubert with executive producer Bernadette Payeur for the Association coopérative de productions audiovisuelles (ACPAV) in co-production with the NFB, with Nathalie Cloutier as producer and Colette Loumède as executive producer.
About Michel La Veaux
Michel La Veaux has been recording images for documentary and fiction films for more than 25 years. His sensitive eye and dedication to creating meaningful images have earned him national and international recognition. He was a finalist for the Jutra Award for best cinematography in 2011 (for Trois temps après la mort d’Anna, by Catherine Martin) and 2012 (for Pour l’amour de Dieu, by Micheline Lanctôt), and won this award in 2014 for his work on Le démantèlement, by Sébastien Pilote. In 2015, La Veaux directed Hôtel La Louisiane, his first feature-length documentary, which was well received by critics and audiences alike. In 2016, he was director of photography for Benoit Pilon’s Iqaluit and Guy Édoin’s Exilés (his first collaboration with that director). La Veaux has just finished shooting La disparition des lucioles, his third film with director Sébastien Pilote. Labrecque, from Film to Memory is the second documentary feature La Veaux has directed.
About the NFB
The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 20 Canadian Screen Awards, 18 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies. To access NFB works, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for mobile devices.
For over 45 years, ACPAV has been developing and producing auteur films with a special emphasis on thought-provoking cinema. Directors and screenwriters whose work ACPAV has produced include Léa Pool, Mireille Dansereau, Paul Tana, Pierre Falardeau, Bernard Émond, Benoit Pilon, Sébastien Pilote, Sophie Deraspe and Richard Desjardins. ACPAV continues to develop new films and currently has projects by several new talents under way.
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