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Brilliantly mixing animated sequences and archival footage, Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre paints a touching portrait of virtuoso pianist Oscar Peterson. As with her previous films (McLaren’s Negative and Jutra), Saint-Pierre pursues her bold and personal approach with this animated documentary of Oscar Peterson at the twilight of an exceptional career, as he wistfully meditates on the price of fame and the impacts of the artist’s life on family life. From the young prodigy’s beginnings in Little Burgundy to his triumphs on the international stage alongside the biggest stars of his time, Oscar explores the profound solitude of an artist constantly on tour, and the difficulty in reconciling his professional success with his role as husband and father. Set to the tunes of Peterson’s sometimes catchy, sometimes melancholy-tinged compositions, the film alternates between animated sequences and footage of radio and video interviews to tell a heartfelt story about a life in jazz.

  • director
    Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre
  • animation
    Ehsan Gharib
    Brigitte Archambault
  • compositing
    Ehsan Gharib
  • drawings
    Brigitte Archambault
  • editing
    Oana Suteu Khintirian
  • copyright clearance
    Sylvia Mezei
  • sound design
    Olivier Calvert
  • additional voice
    Mark Camacho
  • voice direction
    François Godin
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • sound mix
    Serge Boivin
  • technical director
    Pierre Plouffe
  • production coordinator
    Michèle Labelle
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
  • online editing
    Serge Verreault
  • administrator
    Diane Régimbald
  • administrative team
    Diane Ayotte
    Karine Desmeules
  • accounting
    Benoit Gauthier
  • legal advisor
    Lussier & Khouzam
  • executive producer
    Julie Roy
  • producer
    Marc Bertrand
    Jocelyne Perrier
    Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre



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