Funfilm Distribution and Unité Centrale are pleased to announce the theatrical release of Ville Neuve, a feature-length film with unique animation, entirely painted on paper, directed by Félix Dufour-Laperrière and produced by Galilé Marion-Gauvin. The film will open in theatres on April 12 at Cinéma du Musée (Montreal), in original French version with English subtitles.
Presented as a world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival (Mostra) in the “Giornate degli Autori” section, then in other prestigious festivals including the Festival de nouveau cinéma (FNC), the Filmfest Hamburg and the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), this impressive animation film required more than 80,000 drawings and paintings, created by thirty illustrators and artists.
Félix Dufour-Laperrière has always maintained a close relationship with visual and contemporary arts. With Ville Neuve, he delivers a romantic and political film that gives a special place to words, with the voices of Robert Lalonde, Johanne-Marie Tremblay and Théodore Pellerin.
TRAILER : vimeo.com/321551181
Summer by the sea on Quebec’s Atlantic coast. Joseph moves into a friend’s house. He convinces Emma, his ex-wife, to join him there. While the 1995 Quebec independence referendum campaign is thriving, houses are burning and speeches are clashing as lovers find each other, fall in love again, and part once more. In this film filled with poetry and compelling images, intimate and collective destinies resonate in the coastal village of Ville Neuve. Joseph will fall and later rise — a fragile redemption in a Quebec perhaps at the dawn of its independence.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Born in 1981 in Chicoutimi, Félix Dufour-Laperrière studied in Montreal, where he currently works. As a director and screenwriter, his work includes animated films, documentary essays and experimental shorts. His filmography shows a constant tension between narrative and formal exploration, while always maintaining a close relationship with visual and contemporary arts. His films, One, Two, Three, Dusk (2006), Rosa Rosa (2008), M (2008) and Transatlantic (2014) among others, have screened at numerous national and international festivals, museums and events, where they won several awards. Ville Neuve, his first feature-length animated film, is entirely drawn with ink on paper. He is currently working on Archipelago, an animated documentary, and developing his second animated feature, Death Does Not Exist.
Feature-length animation film, 76 minutes, 2018, Quebec
Original French version with English subtitles
Director: FÉLIX-DUFOUR LAPERRIÈRE | Assistant director: CLAIRE BLANCHET | Script: FÉLIX DUFOUR-LAPERRIÈRE | Editing: FÉLIX DUFOUR-LAPERRIÈRE | Cinematography: FÉLIX DUFOUR-LAPERRIÈRE | Sound design and mix: OLIVIER CALVERT, SAMUEL GAGNON-THIBODEAU, SERGE BOIVIN (ACIC) | Original music: JEAN L’APPEAU | Producer: GALILÉ MARION-GAUVIN | Production: PRODUCTIONS L’UNITÉ CENTRALE | Distribution: FUNFILM DISTRIBUTION | International sales: UDI – URBAN DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL
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