Il neige. Un vent d'hiver souffle sur une chaumière habitée par une famille d'ours en peluche. Un petit ourson, Ludovic, rêve d'aller glisser dehors avec des amis. Hélas, il est encore trop petit. Ludovic se sent un peu seul. Mais il puisera dans le rêve et l'imaginaire des jeux merveilleux à partager avec un nouvel ami : une poupée animée de vie dont il fera sa complice. Sur une musique de Daniel Lavoie, le cinéaste Co Hoedeman nous invite à découvrir le mystère et la magie du monde de l'enfance grâce à une histoire pleine de charme et de tendresse sur la relation qui unit les enfants à leur jouet favori.
Film sans paroles sur l'athlète David Murray, alors qu'il s'attaque à une épreuve de ski à Kitzbühel, en Autriche, en vue de la Coupe du Monde. Spectaculaire à tout point de vue, une telle descente requiert beaucoup de préparation mentale et physique et réserve bien des surprises: personne n'est à l'abri d'une forte tension ou d'une chute malencontreuse.
It's summer and Ludovic is invited to his grandfather's farm. The little teddy bear finds Grandpa very saddened by the death of Grandma, and Ludovic is fascinated by a room filled with mementos. Grandma's portrait comes to life, and Ludovic is able to kiss and hug her. This poignant tale evokes the closeness and understanding between a grandfather and his little grandson who gradually learn to accept the death of a loved one.
In this animated short, Ludovic the bear learns the meaning of friendship while evoking our memories of cherished childhood toys. Often left out of the winter fun because his parents deem him too young, Ludovic finally finds a playmate when a giant snowstorm strands a doll on his front lawn. He spends all his time with his new doll, which miraculously comes to life and provides him with the companionship he’d been longing for.
It's autumn in all its glory and Ludovic is playing in the park. A bigger teddy bear knocks him down, and the little cub is rescued by a little girl teddy bear. Her kind gesture teaches Ludovic that the magic of friendship can help him face the fiercest bully.
Shot in Montreal over a four-month period, from May to September 2020, Jules’ Impossible Summer charts the evolving relationship between the filmmaker and her 19-year-old son through 15 redundant conversations about the importance—or the impossibility, depending on the point of view—of following the health restrictions imposed during the pandemic.
This is the second film in the collection Seasons in the Life of Ludovic. Here the bear cub is playing. Magical thinking governs Ludovic's world as he reigns over his menagerie of paper animals and their jungle home. In his improvised Africa, Ludovic goes from one surprise to another until the animals help themselves to the surprise brought by his mother. When they refuse to obey him, Ludovic doesn't want to play anymore. He bangs the door and pouts. But children's fights don't last. Reconciliation is not far off, especially when there is a snack to be shared by everyone. (See also Ludovic - The Snow Gift.)
This short animated film features the sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. These lively creatures build a castle and celebrate the completion of their new home, only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest. Cleverly constructed with nuance, the film leaves interpretation open to the viewer. The film took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film.
In Co Hoedeman's animated short about a troupe of marionette acrobats, everything that can go wrong does. No matter what the ringleader does, each act goes awry until we begin to wonder who's really running the show. Even when Marianne, the master puppeteer, emerges at the end of the show to take her final bow, those little acrobats still seem to have a mind of their own. Brilliantly executed, this film dissolves the boundaries between theatre and animated film to create a magical experience.
The NFB's 64th Oscar®-nominated film.
In this animated short, Ruby the pig seeks affirmation in the city around her after witnessing the accidental death of a stranger… and finds it in surprising places. With deft humour and finely rendered detail, When the Day Breaks illuminates the links that connect our urban lives, while evoking the promise and fragility of a new day. Winner of over 40 prizes from around the world, the film also features singer Martha Wainwright.
Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank while her mother was in prison, Walaa dreams of becoming a policewoman in the Palestinian Security Forces (PSF). Despite discouragement from her family, even her beloved brother Mohammed, Walaa applies and gets in. But her own rebellious behaviour and complicated relationship with her mother are challenging, as are the circumstances under which she lives.
Following Walaa from 15-21, with an intimate POV, What Walaa Wants is the compelling story of a defiant young girl navigating formidable obstacles, learning which rules to break and follow, and disproving the negative predictions from her surroundings and the world at large.
Ages 6 to 8
Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
Family Studies/Home Economics - Relationships
Analyzing the relationship that grows between Ludovic and the doll provides a way to talk about various emotions. From sadness to affection, from fear to anger, the entire gamut of feelings is explored through little Ludovic’s eyes. This short film may not rely very much on music, but it is a true symphony, following the little bear’s changing states of mind. After viewing and interpreting the film, students could bring an object to class that they are fond of and describe their emotional attachment to it.