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The Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival is pleased to offer two significant feature-length films to embrace its 2019 programming. At the opening of the Festival on Saturday, October 26, you will discover the world premiere of UNE MANIÈRE DE VIVRE, the latest creation of Quebec director Micheline Lanctôt (Pour L’amour De Dieu, Sonatine and L’homme à tout faire) which features Laurent Lucas (Haut les cœurs!, Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien, Sur la trace d’Igor Rizzi and Contre-enquêteRose-Marie Perreault (Le monstre, La chute de l’empire américain, Nous sommes Gold, La Bolduc and Les faux tatouages)  and Gabrielle Lazure (Passer l’hiver, Un heureux événement and Arbitrage). UNE MANIÈRE DE VIVRE tells the story of Joseph, a Spinoza aficionado who teaches at a university in Belgium. Invited to Montreal to participate in a round table on this philosophical subject, his life is turned upside down after meeting Gabrielle, a bulimic young woman and high-class escort in luxury hotels. The film is produced by Lycaon Pictus and distributed by Maison 4 :3.

You will end the week in style with the first North American premiere of LES PLUS BELLES ANNÉES D’UNE VIE, by French director Claude Lelouch, which will close the 2019 Festival. Thursday, October 31, on the last evening of the Festival, there will be the North American premiere LES PLUS BELLES ANNÉES D’UNE VIE by director Claude Lelouch (Un homme et une femme, Les uns et les autres and Roman de gare). The cast brings together Jean-Louis Trintignant (Happy End, Amour, Z et Un homme et une femme) and Anouk Aimée (La Dolce Vita, 8 femmes ½, Lola et Un homme et une femme). It tells the story of a man and a woman who shared a wonderful love story during their youth. Anne and Jean-Louis will resume their story where they left off. The film is produced by Les Films 13 and distributed by AZ Films.


Once again, this year, the Théâtre du cuivre will open for a major morning screening on Sunday morning, October 27! Indeed, you will have the opportunity to discover the last feature film of Pedro Almodóvar, DOLOR Y GLORIA. The director, who gave us Julieta, Volver and Tout sur ma mère, this time, tells the story of Savador Mallo, a director in pain, who experiences a series of meetings, either in real life or by traveling down memory lane. Antonio Banderas (Desperado, Le masque de Zorro and La piel que habito) has won the Best Actor Award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival for the film produced by El Deseo and distributed by Métropole Films Distribution.


The International Film Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue is pleased to present festival goers with powerful Quebec productions. On Sunday, October 27, there will be the world premiere of RÉSERVOIR by Kim St-Pierre. This is the director’s first feature film. She has directed thirty short films including Vodka Canneberge (2010) and won the Jury Award at the Fantasia International Film Festival. The film stars Maxime Dumontier (Tout est parfait, Gaz Bar Blues et Y’est où le paradis ?), Jean-Simon Leduc (L’amour au temps de la guerre civile, Chien de garde and Et au pire, on se mariera) and Marco Collin (Mesnak, Le dep and Feed the devil). Shot in camera on a pontoon, sailing the winding expanse of Gouin Reservoir, Simon and Jonathan have no choice but to confront what they have become, to reconnect with themselves and to reveal themselves to one another. Meant to be a commemoration, this fishing trip turns into a real-life lesson. A film produced by Couronne Nord and distributed by Fragments Distribution that also highlights Quebec’s magnificent countryside.

The next day, another Quebec filmmaker presents her latest feature film. On Monday, October 28th, Mariloup Wolfe (director of the film Les Pieds dans le vide and on the series  Ruptures and Hubert et Fanny) presents her film Jouliks, which stars, with a breathtaking performance, the young Lilou Roy-Lanouette (Cercueil, Tabarnak!, Transplant and Jeux d’rôles) Jeanne Roux-Côté (Mommy, Victor Lessard, un pas dans l’ombre and Shooting Ranges) and Victor Andres Trelles Turgeon (Arrival, Mesnak and Henri Henri). In JOULIKS, 7-year-old Yanna shares the details of a life aspiring to be sheltered from decorum and preconceived ideas. A free life, flowing with the rhythm of the rain and the seasons, marked by the passion of her parents– Zak and Vera. A tender and poetic look that gradually reveals a story, as a secret is unveiled. A film that you will remember for a long time, produced by Films Vision and distributed by Téléfiction Distribution.

On the same day, another major film will also be presented: LES FLEURS OUBLIÉES, by André Forcier (Embrasse-moi comme tu m’aimes, Coteau rouge and Le vent du Wyoming). The film recounts the life of Albert Payette, former agronomist and beekeeper, pollinates the rooftops of Montreal with his nephew Jerry in order to save the bees. Faced with the ecological emergency, Brother Marie-Victorin leaves heaven to help him. Lili de la Rosbil, a journalist, and Mathilde Gauvreau, a lawyer, will try everything to rescue Mexican farm workers from a multinational which is poisoning the Earth: A naturalistic fable where current questions are addressed with a touch of fantasy; a beautiful film carried by its director, but also its actors Roy Dupuis (Maurice Richard, J’ai serré la main du Diable and Séraphin, un homme et son péché) Yves Jacques (Le Déclin de l’empire américain, Séraphin, un homme et son péché and Laurence Anyways) Christine Beaulieu (Romaine par moins 30, Embrasse-moi comme tu m’aimes and TV series District 31) and Donald Pilon (La Grande séduction, Le vent du Wyoming and Les Plouffe). Produced by Les Films du Paria and Exogene Films and distributed by Filmoption International.

On Wednesday, October 30, it will be the opportunity to discover the world premiere of a Quebec film– 14 JOURS 12 NUITS, by Jean-Philippe Duval (Matroni et moi, Dédé à travers les brumes and Chasse-galerie: la légende). This film features Anne Dorval (J’ai tué ma mère, Mommy and Le sens de l’humour) François Papineau (Chasse-galerie : la légende, La bouteille and TV series Vice caché) Laurence Barrette (TV series: 30 vies) and Leanna Chea (Sun and Jeunesse aux cœurs ardents). Isabelle Brodeur flies to Vietnam, home country of Clara, her adopted daughter, where she meets Clara’s nanny and find Thuy Nguyen, her biological mother, who works as a tour guide. Torn between fear and a profound desire to meet this woman, Isabelle enrols in a private guided tour offered by Thuy. A touching story and a performance that confirms the amazing talent of Anne Dorval. Produced by Attraction Images and distributed by Les Films Séville.


The Festival’s programming also includes renowned films with an impressive track record. On Sunday, October 27, discover the North American premiere of MAIS VOUS ÊTES FOUS, first feature film as director of Audrey Diwan– French writer, editor, screenwriter and journalist of Lebanese origin. Her film is an exciting reflection on the couple and tells the story of Roman who loves Camille as much as he loves his two daughters. However, he is hiding a serious addiction problem from them, one that could jeopardize what he cherishes the most. The film features Pio Marmai (Ce qui nous lie, Un heureux événement and En Liberté !) and Céline Salette (Saint Amour, et les séries télévisées Vernon Subutex and Les revenants). A feature film which offers a good reflection on addiction to emotions and drugs Produced by Rectangle productions and distributed by K-Films Amérique.

In addition, on Sunday, October 27, there will be the Quebec premiere of LES MISÉRABLES, directed by Ladj Ly. This is his first feature film, after several documentaries. LES MISÉRABLES has quite an impressive track record! It won the Best Film Award at the Durban International Film Festival, the Gabriel Sherover Foundation Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.  LES MISÉRABLES will represent France at the 2020 Oscars. The cats includes Damien Bonnard (Rester vertical, C’est qui cette fille ? and En Liberté !), Alexi Manenti (Dans la brume, Orpheline et Épouse-moi mon pote) and Djebril Zonga (C’est tout pour moi). Stéphane joins the Montfermeil anti-crime squad where he will meet his new teammates, Chris and Gwada. Unfortunately, while they are completely overwhelmed during an arrest, a drone films their every move. Produced by SRAB Movies, Rectangle Productions and Lyly Films and distributed by TVA Films.

On Monday, October 28, enjoy the Canadian premiere of the movie PAPICHA, film depicting Algeria at the Oscars 2020 and winner of three Valois at the Angoulême Film Festival. The director, Mounia Meddour, has directed several documentaries that have received various awards and PAPICHA is her first feature film. Nedjma dreams of becoming a stylist. The political and social situation of the country continues to deteriorate. Refusing to give up and defying all authority, Nedjma decides to fight for her freedom by organizing a fashion show. The film features Lyna Khoudri (Luna, Les Bienheureux et Rageuses) as well as Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda and Zahra Doumandji. Produced by The Ink Connection, High Sea Production and Tayda Films and distributed by AZ Films.

Yet another famous film which will be part of the programming on Tuesday, October 29. —GISAENGCHUNG, better known as PARASITE. This film, directed by Bong Joon-Ho (Mother, Memories of Murder and Snowpiercer), was the recipient of the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, received the Best film Award at the Sydney film festival and Best Director at the International Cinephile Society. Ki-taek’s entire family is unemployed and is taking a particular interest in the lifestyle of the wealthy Park family. One day, the son manages to get himself recommended for giving private English lessons at the Parks’. This is the beginning of an inevitable chain of events, of which no one will emerge unscathed. A must-see film whose distribution includes Song Kang Ho (Snowpiercer, Memories of Murder and The Host) Lee Sun Kyun (My Mister, The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince and Pasta) and Cho Yeo Jeong (The Servant, The Concubine and Obsessed). Produced by Barunson E&A and distributed by MK2 | Mile End.

On October 30, let yourself be tempted by an unusual movie that will surely make you smile. LE DAIM is a crazy love story between a man, Jean Dujardin (The Artist, OSS117: Le Caire, nid d’espions and Une homme à la hauteur), and his jacket! This film by Quentin Dupieux, who also gave us Rubber, Wrong and Au poste!, introduces us to George who leaves his suburban suburbs and leaves everything behind to get the 100% suede jacket of his dreams. The purchase turns to obsession and launches him into a criminal frenzy.  Jean Dujardin’s co-star is Adèle Haenel (Love at First Fight, La fille inconnue and L’apollonide: souvenirs de la maison close) Albert Delpy (2 Days in Paris, Before Sunset and Portraitiste) Pierre Gommé (Lebowitz contre Lebowitz, Roches noires and Le Petit Spirou) and Coralie Russier (Un amour impossible, BPM and Blonde Animals). Presented in collaboration with the Festival du nouveau cinéma, produced by Atelier de Production, and distributed by AZ Films.


There will be a free Desjardins screening of LES CHIENS-LOUPS, by Dominic Leclerc, on Saturday afternoon. Leclerc directed his first feature film, Alex marche à l’amour, with actor Alexandre Castonguay (Cash Nexus, La Rage de l’Ange and Embrasse-moi comme tu m’aimes) in 2013. They both meet again for this film, also featuring the students and staff of Notre-Dame-de-Protection School in Rouyn-Noranda. Castonguay was invited for a six-month artist residency at this school. His approach focuses on the fable of Jean de La Fontaine The wolf and the dog (Le loup et le chien) and has been made available in various participatory workshops. A film with multiple characters where several realities meet.

The next day, on October 27, you can enjoy THE LAST NATAQ by Lisette Marcotte, originally from Rouyn-Noranda. Richard Desjardins wrote a masterpiece– Nataq. In this documentary, Lisette Marcotte goes in quest of the spirit of the place where they were both born. The film is built on the breadcrumb trail of the mural created in tribute to the poetry of Desjardins in Rouyn-Noranda. Twenty years after L’erreur boréale, he shares his thoughts on the major environmental issues and his love for his homeland. Produced by Les Productions La vie devant soi Inc.

Another director from Rouyn-Noranda is part of the screenings of October 27th. Indeed, PAPA is a movie by Madeleine Arcand and features Maxime Morin (television series Ruptures II et III, Les aventures du pharmachien and District 31) and Giorgio Cazzaro (Toi et moi 3, Proprio en otage IV and Fugitifs III). Florence, as usual, visits her father who has Alzheimer’s. But today is different: she needs him and his advice. A touching story where the two actors share a profound suffering and where the harsh and sad realities of the adult world are raised. Produced by Productions Arborescence and La Petite Boîte de Prod.

Monday, October 28th, the Amossois duo– Michelle Beaudoin and Marc-Antoine Jodoin — will be taking the screen. Indeed, this team, which has already scripted, directed and edited seven short films or video clips, presents GOD, BLOOD AND GASOLINE. It doesn’t matter who we are– in desperate situations, we all unleash a hidden violence unknown to us, erupting from this darkness within us. Jane thus finds herself compelled to do some dirty work, from which there is no escape. The cast includes François Bédard, Véronique Fillion and Pier-Anthony Breton. Produced by Bojo’s Films.

Martin Guérin, an Abitibi filmmaker whose documentaries have always been amazing, will also present his new production. BROTHERS FOR LIFE – MÉMOIRES D’UNE SAISON is a documentary that makes us relive the extraordinary season of the Huskies of Rouyn-Noranda stretching from September 2018 to May 2019 in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. This documentary offers an intimate and privileged access to the life of a group with a common goal and showcases the various stages which marked the team’s journey. A historic sport conquest that touches everybody’s heart. A production by Les Huskies de Rouyn-Noranda.

Multidisciplinary artist Beatriz Mediavilla will also introduce her new documentary on Tuesday, October 29,HABITER LE MOUVEMENT – UN RÉCIT EN 10 CHAPITRES, a film that merges her two passions: cinema and dance. In 2017, Thierry Thieû Niang, a famous French choreographer, goes on tour with Cinédanse to offer intergenerational workshops to non-dancers.
 HABITER LE MOUVEMENT   is a cinematographic journey in which the rational merges with this great human choreography. Divided into 10 chapters, the feature film is a poetic and playful reflection on the beauty of everyday gestures that define us as living beings.

Another film in our 2019 lineup is LE DÉFI, by Melissa Major. Melissa Major is the producer, director and founder of Major Productions and produces works with social significance.  LE DÉFI   is her first feature film. This documentary paints the portrait of Ian Clermont and his team members who train all year long to participate in an endurance race challenge. They run 105 kilometres in one day. A human look at the paradoxes when it comes to surpassing oneself and self-sacrifice. Produced by Major Productions.


Our short films include award-winning films, recipients of various awards, but also newest additions. Many of them are world premieres, namely PAPA by Madeleine Arcand. Two short films, part of the Relève Desjardins: CRISE DE CALME by Camille Corbeil, the story of a serene woman who is different from her anxious surroundings, and M. RICHARD, by Didier Belzile and Roxanne St-Arneault, a psychiatric asylum watchman who must explain to his daughter the reason why the poet Richard is being detained.. Two other world premieres are part of this year’s selection: AOÛT. SEPTEMBRE., by Ludovic Duchesne, a meteorology student, has lived from a young age with a rare condition that condemns him to fleeting relationships with girls, and AIMÉ, by Fanny Malette, the story of three sisters who meet to empty the cluttered apartment of their deceased father, a tedious and painstaking task. At the end of the day, disorder still prevails at Aimé’s, but souls and hearts have made necessary concessions.


This year again, the number of animated short films exceeded our expectations and the resulting selection allowed us to pick only the very best among them. We note, among others, three excellent Canadian animated films that will enhance the programming of the 38th Festival. LE CORTÈGE, by Pascal Blanchet and Rodolphe St-Gelais, is a movie about mourning. It tells the story of Gabrielle who, beyond death, addresses her husband who has to cope with the family ritual of funerals. LE CORTÈGE is an elegant poem all dressed in black, white and pink that shows that, despite the weight of appearances, love shines. AFFANNATO, by Alexa Tremblay-Francoeur, tells the story of Mathilde, a young musician who lives in a surreal world and who sees her daily life turned upside down when her hands merge with her instrument. There is also ONCLE THOMAS – LA COMPTABILITÉ DES JOURS, by Regina Pessoa, which depicts Regina Pessoa’s privileged relationship with her uncle. This film is a powerful and heartfelt ode of love to this non-conformist man who has been decisive in the life of the filmmaker. A splendid tribute to this poet of everyday life.


Each year, the Festival welcomes several artists from the film industry who are proud to present their latest project to a passionate audience. For 2019, the list of VIPs who will travel to the regions is full and we happily welcome Micheline Lanctôt, Laurent Lucas, Gabrielle Lazure and Rose-Marie Perreault (UNE MANIÈRE DE VIVRE) Jean-Marc Vallée, Kim St-Pierre and Jean-Simon Leduc (RÉSERVOIR) Lisette Marcotte (LE DERNIER NATAQ) Anik Jean and Patrick Huard (LA PORTE) Audrey Diwan (MAIS VOUS ÊTES FOUS) Damien Bonnard (LES MISÉRABLES) Mariloup Wolfe and Jeanne-Roux Côté (JOULIKS) André Forcier, Roy Dupuis and Donald Pilon (LES FLEURS OUBLIÉES) Leanna Chea (14 JOURS 12 NUITS) and Fanny Malette (AIMÉ).


For 35 years, Télébec and the International Film Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue have teamed up to highlight the work and creativity of directors of short and medium-length films. This year, a winner will be selected from among 20 short and medium-length films by the jury composed of three film buffs, Hervé Bédard, Aurélie Chassac and Jessy Poulin. The selected film will receive a $1,000 scholarship.


This year, the Prix Mediafilm – Robert-Claude-Bérubé follows the Prix Communications et société. The jury, made up of Thibault Duler, Claire Du Mesnil and Marie-Christine Picard, will award the prize, honouring the memory of Robert-Claude Bérubé, to one of the feature films of the program based on the artistic quality and ethical values of the work.


As part of the Relève Desjardins, the Festival provides a platform for students by presenting, on Monday, October 28 in the afternoon, a selection of four short films. From the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue: SANS FILTRE by Ariane Lafrenière, CRISE DE CALME by Camille Corbeil, M. RICHARD, by Didier Belzile and Roxanne St-Arneault and VOYEUR NOCTURNE, by Sarah Soilihi.

In keeping with its commitment, Desjardins will offer two $500 Relève Desjardins scholarships. A scholarship will be awarded to the jury’s favourite work from the 2018-2019 group of the Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue and a second to one of the 2018-2019 works of students in creative sciences and new media of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

In addition, UQAT will highlight the quality of the work of the college winner with a $500 scholarship. The scholarship of the university-level winner will be increased by $500 by the Union of Lecturers of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Finally, the INIS will offer each laureate a $500 scholarship valid for the purchase of a “à la carte” or a microprogram course. Recipients will each receive a scholarship worth $1,500.

The Desjardins Jury, made up of Alain Bergeron, Pierre Gaudreault and Cathy Vézina, will have the mandate to determine the winners of the two Relève Desjardins scholarships.


Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25, 8 p.m., at the Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda

$10 per evening (16 years and over) – $5 for students


For 17 years now, Espace Court has immersed us directly into the Festival world with its two pre-festival evenings featuring increasingly crazy movies. Come visit unprecedented parallel universe at the Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda during this colourful event. You will be offered a program full of enthusiastic international short films, highlighting the work of avant-garde creators and precursors of new artistic and social trends.


This year, you will see ACADIANA (Canada), by Samuel Matteau and Yannick Nolin, AINSI SOIT-ELLE (Canada), by Alex Vallée, ALL INCLUSIVE (Finland), by Teemu Nikki, DOCKING (Canada), by Trevor Anderson, ESTIGMA (Spain), by David Velduque, GOODBUY GOLOVIN (Canada), by Mathieu Grimard, JE FINIRAI EN PRISON (Canada), by Alexandre Dostie, JOJO (Canada), by Guillaume Laurin, PIGEON (Canada), by William Mazzoleni, LES ÉLÉPHANTS SERONT CONTENTS (France), by Charlotte Brun, Loïc Frimat, Vincent Labis, Adrien Lannoy, Alice Lepoutre and Lucas Roussel, LIFELIKE (Canada), by Jay Reid, LUZ, UN FILM DE SORCIERES (Canada), by Julie Roy, MÉLOPÉE  (Canada), by Alexis Fortier Gauthier, NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB (France), by Yves Piat, ROUGHHOUSE (France / United Kingdom), by Jonathan Hogdson, STAY AWAKE, BE READY (Vietnam / Democratic Republic of Korea / United States), by An Pham Thien, THE GIRL WITH TWO HEADS (United Kingdom), by Betzabé García and TRANSFERT (Canada), by Pascal Contamine and Martin Desgagné.

The Prix Télé-Québec, accompanied by a $1,000 grant, will be presented at the closing night of Espace Court on Friday, October 25, to the Quebec film that was the most popular with the public. All new awards will be presented this year thanks to the Festival’s alliance with Prends ça court. A professional jury composed of Jean-Simon Leduc, Rose-Marie Perreault and Béatriz Mediavilla will reward outstanding Quebec short films for their technical and artistic qualities.


Presented in collaboration with Télé-Québec / La Fabrique culturelle, Énergie and Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda.


Thanks to the support of SODEC, the Québec International Youth Offices, Desjardins and the Centre local de développement de Rouyn-Noranda, emerging Quebec cinema artists presenting a film at the Espace Court or at the Festival international cinema in Abitibi-Témiscamingue will participate in the Talent Lab Nordique LA WATCH. In closed circuit, they will have the opportunity to participate in conferences given by accomplished artists, including Jean-Marc Vallée, Micheline Lanctôt and Pierre Brassard, in order to contribute to career growth, professional development and professionalization of artists as well as the development of networks of contacts. There will also be a networking activity between screenwriters and emerging production companies to enable participants to develop new film projects and better understand SODEC’s newly creative assistance program. This activity is made possible thanks to the collaboration of SODEC and the Conseil de la culture de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue.


For the digital component’s 6th year, the Festival joins the creation and New Media Department of the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda to offer an experience that combines performance by theatre artists and architectural projection. The artists of Productions Chien pas de médaille, a group of Gumboots dancers and the Théâtre Regal group will be performing. VJ Valentin Foch will stage the real time visual presentation from the digital creations of UQAT students. These will be produced with the images of directors Martin Guérin, Virgil Héroux-Laferté, Dominic Leclerc and Kevin Papatie as well as those of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec et de Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue. The four performances will highlight Rouyn-Noranda from the perspective of the combined vision of the artists involved. Directing by Etienne Jacques.

October 26, Block 1: Pionniers – Un jour, peut-être et Rome

October 27, Block 4: Pionniers – Perdant des perdants et Prospecteurs du bonheur

October 28, Block 5: Gumboots

October 31, Block 12: Théâtre Regal


School Matinées

Initiated to develop students’ critical and creative skills, the André-Melançon Youth Component is a beloved activity for young audiences made possible by the City of Rouyn-Noranda. In order to serve the entire primary school population of the Rouyn-Noranda School Board, morning screenings of the André-Melançon Youth Component are being rolled out in two theatres for 7 performances in all. From Monday to Thursday, the Théâtre du cuivre and the Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda will open their doors to students who will discover 7 short films from 6 countries, all animated by the vivacious Véronique Aubin.


High school students are invited to a screening of the film BROTHERS FOR LIFE – MÉMOIRES D’UNE SAISON at Cinema Paramount with director Martin Guérin and members of the Huskies organization.


Film-Making Workshops

The Festival once again offers its workshops to high schools and will have Céline Lafontaine come share her experience as a scriptwriter on film shoots. In 2006, she obtained a master’s degree in filmmaking from the University of Provence (France) and then worked as a scriptwriter on film shoots in France and Quebec. She works on both short films and feature films, in film or digital. She is always ready to share her vast knowledge derived from her international experience and her expertise in several shooting modes.


Drawing Contest

A big colouring contest will also organized be with children from the Rouyn-Noranda School Board, Noranda School and the CPEs of the City of Rouyn-Noranda. Many participation prizes will be offered to children and you will have the opportunity to admire the creative talent of our youngest children as the drawings will be exhibited at the Promenades du cuivre de Rouyn-Noranda starting October 11th.


October 28 – 9 a.m., at the Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda

112, 7e Rue, Rouyn-Noranda

$5 – free for ages 2 and under


Following the great success of the Festival’s traditional cine-muffin in 2018, the Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda will once again be hosting this family event where children and adults alike will be able to enjoy lunch while watching TERRA WILLY – PLANÈTE INCONNUE. The story is that of young Willy who traveled in space with his parents and finds himself alone on an unknown planet. He will have to survive until a rescue mission arrives with its survival robot, Buck, and his new friends. Come in pajamas or Halloween costumes and discover an exciting animated feature film.


Sunday, October 27 – 11 a.m., Rouyn-Noranda Convention Centre


All tickets were sold out within a few hours for the traditional brunch-conference, presented by Radio-Canada, which welcomes Jean-Marc Vallée, director of C.R.A.Z.Y., VICTORIA, this year: LES JEUNES ANNÉES D’UNE REINE, CAFÉ DE FLORE, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, WILD and DEMOLITION. He also directs for television with BIG LITTLE LIES, winner of four Golden Globes, and SHARP OBJECTS. He is such a generous artist that he will undoubtedly mesmerize his audience. Jean-Marc Vallée will talk about his experience, the various facets of the profession and his love of cinema. The conference will again be hosted by the Abitibi filmmaker Martin Guérin. An event that will be an absolute delight for taste buds and minds!


Thursday, October 31 – 9 a. m. – $ 5 Cinema Paramount

155 Perreault Street East, Rouyn-Noranda



By popular demand, the Festival offers festivalgoers the chance to see or review the work of Louise Archambault and then discuss with Jocelyne Saucier. With her novel Il pleuvait des oiseaux, published in 2011, this author from Rouyn-Noranda has become an ambassador for Abitibi-Témiscamingue on the international scene. Hosted by Jolyne Lalonde, this meeting will allow the public to discover the author’s vision of the big screen adaptation of her successful novel, but also on this great adventure that Il pleuvait des oiseaux has been since its publication.


A must-see in the program, the tour of the residences for seniors of Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d’Or returns this year with the presentation of a compilation of some short films that will delight spectators. The event also allows residents to meet local community TV artists from TVC9.


Tuesday, October 22 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec

3535 Saint-Denis Street, Montreal, Sherbrooke metro


In order to launch the festivities surrounding the 38th Festival, the City of Rouyn-Noranda and the CLD of Rouyn-Noranda join the Festival and the ITHQ to present a happy hour in honour of the event in Montreal. While chatting with guests and friends of the Festival, the public will be able to savour delicacies prepared by the ITHQ chef and enjoy a cocktail prepared for the occasion by the mixology students of the Institut. A great opportunity to roll out the red carpet for the opening of the Festival!


The Festival joins forces with various cinemas in the region to present everywhere in the region our opening film, UNE MANIÈRE DE VIVRE of Micheline Lanctôt.



October 29 – 7 p.m.

Cinéma Capitol

143 Perreault Avenue, Val-d’Or

Tickets: 819 874-3207



October 28 – 7 p.m.

Cinéma Amos

131 Principale Sud Street, Amos

Tickets: 819 444-6913




October 27 – 1:30 p.m.

Cinéma du Rift

32, rue Sainte-Anne, Ville-Marie

Tickets: 819 622-1362



Sunday, October 27 – 1 p.m., Scène QG (Scène Évolu-Son)

15 avenue Principale, Rouyn-Noranda

$ 5 – Free for children 10 and under accompanied by an adult


With its success in 2016, Ciné- [Skate] Parc is back thanks to the collaboration of VANS and Productions Trois Tiers! Come practice your sport and watch skateboarders in action in a game de skate tournament directed by Alain Bergeron, the man behind Abitibi Skate. The highlight of the activity will be the screening of the documentary THE TONY ALVA STORY, which tells the story of skate legend Tony Alva.


Monday, October 28 – 10:30 a.m., Ma place de coworking

35 avenue Principale, Rouyn-Noranda

Free admission, you are all welcome!


Highly visible in the media and on the web, film critics have to make their opinion on movies public. We tend to forget that that they also play an important role as they connect the works to viewers. The paths that lead to this profession are numerous, but film critics share an interest in people and the desire to spread their love of cinema. They must be cultured, curious and have a good knowledge of cinematographic language. The International Film Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue is proud to welcome Martin Bilodeau, editor-in-chief of Mediafilm, who has been a critic and columnist for the daily paper Le Devoir and for the magazine Elle Québecand who still collaborates regularly on the CBC radio. This meeting, where he will share his passion with festivalgoers, will allow the public to demystify this profession.


Throughout the month of October, the libraries of Abitibi-Témiscamingue are invited to select works from their collection dealing with cinema (filmmakers’ biographies, film scripts, theoretical essays, screen-based novels, etc.) and showcase them in a display specially designed for the occasion.


Photos from the displays of participating libraries will be shared on the Festival’s Facebook page.


RNC Media and the International Film Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue team up for the return of the Showcase Contest! Go to the Festival Facebook page, vote for your favourite showcase(s) and get a chance to win a pair of passports for the 38th International Film Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, a $284 value.

To vote, you simply have to post your reaction to those photos. All reactions (I like, I love, haha, wow, sad or angry) will be considered as votes. Everyone who has voted for one or more showcases will be eligible for the draw.

The voting period will start on October 7 and end on October 14, 2019 at 9 a.m. On Monday, October 14 at noon, the draw will take place and the winner will be announced on the Facebook page of the International Film Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. The winner will have to pick up their prize at the Théâtre du cuivre, 145 Taschereau Street West, Rouyn-Noranda before October 27, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.


The International Film Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue is proud to announce that the October 26th issue of Pouvez-vous répéter la question?  will be recorded in public in Rouyn-Noranda. Join us for this recording, which will take place between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Three distinguished guests will speak for the occasion: Marc-André Lussier, journalist at La Presse, Patrick Huard and Micheline Lanctôt. The venue will be announced in the coming weeks, stay tuned by visiting our Facebook page.

Check out the official 2019 program and our website to see all the whole program of the 38th International Film Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue at festivalcinema.ca.






Sources:        Claudelle Rivard

Louis Dallaire


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19 June 2020

The three co-founders of the International Film Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Jacques Matte, Guy Parent and Louis Dallaire, were deeply moved to learn just recently that the Université du Québec, under the auspices of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), was awarding them an honorary doctorate this year.

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An Electrifying Edition

7 November 2019

On October 31, the closing ceremony of the 38th International Film Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue took place.

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Celebrate the 7th art with absolute passion and joy!

11 October 2019

For the 38th year, the International Film Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue is very proud to be adding cinematographic works from everywhere to its official program. An impressive selection of short, medium and feature films will be presented during the 6 days of this great film festival.

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