© Anthony Therrin
Spring is upon us, and that means La Tournée du cinéma québécois is rolling out the red carpet from coast to coast. Organized by Québec Cinéma, the sixth annual Canada-wide Tournée will make its first-ever stop in Prince Edward Island from April 9 to 12.
On the program are evening screenings at Centre Belle-Alliance in Summerside and at Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean in Charlottetown, in collaboration with the Fédération culturelle de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard. There will also be three days of special activities in schools. Actor Gildor Roy and director Rafaël Ouellet will be on hand to meet the area’s movie lovers and students.
On Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., La Tournée will make its first stop at the Centre Belle-Alliance in Summerside. Roy will present “Ésimésac” (with English subtitles). The feature film takes us into the world of storyteller Fred Pellerin. It is directed by Luc Picard, who made the popular hit “Babine” (2008) with Pellerin. “Ésimésac offers a fresh look at Saint-Élie-de-Caxton and its colourful characters, in a tale featuring an ensemble cast of Luc Picard, Gildor Roy, René-Richard Cyr, and Maude Laurendeau. There will be a question and answer session with Roy after the screening.
On Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m., La Tournée drops in to Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean in Charlottetown for a screening of “Camion” (with English subtitles), with director Ouellet in attendance. The winner of the Crystal Globe for best director and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, this poignant drama tells the story of a reunion between a father and his two sons, featuring performances by Julien Poulin (winner of the Jutra for best actor), Patrice Dubois and Stéphane Breton. The director will meet the audience after the screening.
On April 9, 11 and 12, La Tournée team will visit two Charlottetown schools, François-Buote and Colonel Gray Senior High School. Roy will meet students for a master class, where he will talk about his long career, his passion for his profession and his creative approach. He will give a behind-the-scenes look at the acting profession and share advice for would-be artists.
The documentary “Les États-Unis d’Afrique” by Yanick Létourneau, a musical and politic odyssey in search of a pioneer of African hip-hop, will be the centrepiece of the Plein la vue activity, in which a feature film is followed by a discussion.
Finally, students will be introduced to the language of film and the short-film form with a Cinéma en cours workshop. The animated film “Ici par ici” by Diane Obomsawin will be the focus of the session. From Expo 67 to her high school years and her parents’ divorce, the film is a portrait of the director’s family and a reflection on her perspective on the important places and events of her youth.