Archive of films Class of '09 / Finissant(e)s

Canada
2013, 75 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2013

This quasi-documentary feature is set in a small Québécois town where the graduates of ’09 spend their last vacation before going off to face the reality of adulthood. Not only do they have to come to terms with an unknown future and say their many farewells, they have to work through all the sorrow that surrounds them. It’s the summer of 2009.


Synopsis

In the small Québécois town of Dégelis, the graduates of ’09 spend their last summer vacation before going off to face the reality of adulthood. Not only do they have to come to terms with an unknown future and say many farewells, but they also have to work through all the sorrow that surrounds them. It’s the summer of 2009. The latest film by Québécois filmmaker Rafaël Ouellet – who is well known to Karlovy Vary’s audiences – reconfirms his ability to touch upon the essence of things and the hidden emotions associated with watershed moments in people’s lives. The picture is stylized as an amateur film that the students are shooting about themselves – an approach that adds to its rawness and authenticity. The captivating music winds its way through the film like a leitmotiv, amplifying its atmosphere of timelessness and adding strength to its message. Lead actress Carla Turcotte previously appeared in Ouellet’s New Denmark, which was presented in the 2009 Forum of Independents.

About the director

Rafaël Ouellet (b. 1974, Dégelis, Québec) took a degree in radio and television production before working in TV for several years. After this, he cooperated with Denis Côté as an editor (Drifting States/Les états nordiques, 2004) and cinematographer (Our Private Lives/Nos vies privées, 2006). His short films include I Mokret (Dans le noir, 2003), Przeprowadzka (2003), Film dans un sauna (2003), Face B (2004) and Dans l’est (2005). For his 2007 debut Mona’s Daughters (Le cèdre penché) he acted as screenwriter, director, editor and producer. In 2008, he shot Behind Me (Derrière moi), which was shown in competition at San Sebastián. This was followed by New Denmark (KVIFF 2009). Last year, he was named Best Director at Karlovy Vary for his family drama Camion.

Contacts

Estfilmindustri
6362 Des Écores, H2G 2J5, Montreal, Quebec
Canada
Tel: +1 514 582 5144
E-mail: rafov74@hotmail.com

About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
   
Director: Rafaël Ouellet
Screenplay: Rafaël Ouellet
Dir. of Photography: Pascal L’Heureux
Music: Man an Ocean
Editor: Jules Saulnier
Producer: Rafaël Ouellet
Production: Estfilmindustri
Cast: Carla Turcotte
Contact: Estfilmindustri

Guests

Rafaël Ouellet

Film Director

Carla Turcotte

Actress


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