FESTIVAL CINÉMENTAL 2020
With English subtitles, unless otherwise indicated
The 29th edition of Cinémental was very special. We would like to warmly thank the public who put their trust in us. More than 550 people came. We consider it a success! We did our utmost to ensure the best possible viewing conditions for our audience, while respecting the province's health safety protocol. Many thanks to the Centre culturel franco-manitobain for its exemplary collaboration. The Festival des films francophones au Manitoba was held, for the first time entirely at the CCFM, from October 23rd to 25th and October 30th to November 1st.
Audiences of all ages attended a variety of films: fiction, documentary, drama, comedy, from Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. Our slogan "Treat yourself!" referred to our strong need to take our minds off things and have fun. Cinema remains one of the most recognized modes of escape through time.
The films that were very much appreciated by the public this year are : Jukebox, Jouliks, In the Name of the Earth, Give Me Wings, My Own Circus, Little Country, Mafia Inc. 14 Days 12 Nights, Doctor? and Rebels.
The Golden Sheaf, public favorite film award, is given to: SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
This fiction, based on the story of the same title, presents with realism, strength and sensitivity, an episode from the eventful life of war correspondent Paul Marchand, during the siege of Sarajevo in ex-Yugoslavia in 1992. This first feature-length film by Guillaume de Fontenay testifies both to his great talent and to his perseverance, as the film was completed over a period of more than ten years. A certificate will be sent to him.
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Thanks to our excellent guests, who almost all participated virtually: Francine Hébert, Gabriel Tougas, Pascal Plante, Jeanne Leblanc, Guillaume de Fontenay, Podz, Myriam Bouchard, Guylaine Maroist, and in person Micheline Marchildon and Charles Clément. Many thanks to Sylvie Quenneville, Alice Cote, Ariane Roy-Poirier of La tournée Québec Cinéma. Thank you to the members of the Board of Directors and the volunteers.
GABRIEL TOUGAS, réalisateur / director
Hors Québec – L’environnement
Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Gabriel Tougas is a multidisciplinary film and television director.
FRANCINE HÉBERT, réalisatrice / director
Une façon d’être ensemble
A native of St. Boniface, Manitoba, Francine Hébert, since 2002, is a writer and a director, she is inspired by stories touching important social issues. To her credit: two short films, Cafétéria (2015) and Noah, 18 (2018), among others, and Une façon d'être ensemble (2020), which she self-produced, while signing the sound recording and photo direction, equipped with an iPhone.
PASCAL PLANTE, réalisateur / director
Pascal Plante studied film at Concordia University, where he received the Mel Hoppenheim Award. He directed La fleur de l'âge and Je suis un château de sable qui attend la mer. Nadia, Butterfly is his second feature film.
JEANNE LEBLANC, réalisatrice / director
After an artistic residency in Madrid in 2003, Jeanne Leblanc decided to devote herself to cinema. Fortuitous encounters and the deaf cruelty of human relationships are her favorite subjects. Les nôtres is her second feature film, after La Isla Blanca.
GUILLAUME DE FONTENAY, réalisateur / director
Sympathie pour le diable
Guillaume de Fontenay began his career in the theater as an assistant director. He then founded his own theater company Ex-Voto (1992-97). In 1996, he began to make his mark as a director of advertising films in America and Europe. Between theater, design and art direction, Guillaume de Fontenay developed a meticulous and rigorous visual grammar that he was able to transfer to his work as a director. Sympathie pour le diable is his feature film début.
MYRIAM BOUCHARD, réalisatrice / director
Mon cirque à moi
Myriam Bouchard directed and conceptualized the web series (Les Chroniques d'une mère indigne and Fabrique-moi un conte). Since 2010, she has directed the soap operas (Destinées and L'échappée), as well as the dramas (Mon ex à moi and M'entends-tu). She has directed nearly ten short films. Mon cirque à moi is her first feature film.
ERIC RUEL, réalisateur / director
Nominated three times at the Gemini Awards Gala for his work as an editor and director, Éric Ruel produced and directed Chanter plus fort que la mer, L'Été, c'est pas juste Noël, Bombes à retardement and Jukebox.