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NFB Brings Three Shorts to 2010 Toronto International Film Fest

by on August 15, 2010

The National Film Board of Canada has announced that three of its short films will be screening at the Toronto International Film festival from September 9-19, 2010. “Force of Nature,” Sturla Gunnarsson’s documentary about Canadian scientist and activist David Suzuki will get its world premiere, alongside the Canadia premiere of Claude Cloutier’s “The Trenches” and Theodore Ushev’s “Lipsett Diaries” short on experimental animator Arthur Lipsett.

The full press release follows:


Toronto, August 10, 2010 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) returns to the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19, 2010) with three films—the world premiere of Sturla Gunnarsson’s documentary about Canadian scientist and activist David Suzuki (co-production with Toronto International Film Festival); the Canadian premiere of animator Claude Cloutier’s latest short; and Theodore Ushev’s animated tribute to filmmaker Arthur Lipsett.

World Premiere

Award-winning director Sturla Gunnarsson presents a biography of ideas featuring iconic Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist David Suzuki. At 73 years of age, Suzuki delivered what he describes as “a last lecture—a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die.” In Entertainment One, Gunnarsson interweaves the lecture with scenes from the places and the major social, scientific, cultural and political events of the past 70 years of Suzuki’s life.

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie is produced by Entertainment One in co-production with the NFB and in association with CBC.

Canadian Premiere

The short animated film Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie is an intense cinematic experience, a powerful anti-war film that asks the question, Why? Created through archival images masterfully contemporized by filmmaker Claude Cloutier’s India ink and brush artistry, The Trenches follows the inner reality of the protagonist, a young soldier on the battlefield, through half-real, half-surrealistic scenes that reveal the symbolic importance of the earth. The Trenches is produced by Marc Bertrand at the NFB’s French Animation Studio.

Returning to Toronto

Theodore Ushev’s The Trenches is a descent into the maelstrom of anguish that tormented Arthur Lipsett, a famed Canadian experimental filmmaker who died at 49. Narrated by Xavier Dolan, the animated short uses a series of imagined diary entries transmuted into a clash of images and sounds to evoke the artist’s frenzied creations and dizzying descent into depression and madness. Lipsett Diaries is produced by Marc Bertrand at the NFB’s French Animation Studio.

About the National Film Board of Canada

Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is expanding the vocabulary of 21st-century cinema and breaking new ground in form and content through community filmmaking projects, cross-platform media, programs for emerging filmmakers, stereoscopic animation – and more. It works in collaboration with creative filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Lipsett Diaries and more than 90 Genies. The NFB’s new website features over 1,600 productions online, and its Oscars has become one of the most popular and talked about downloads. Visit <iPhone app> today and start watching.

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