Film d'animation magique pour petits et grands. Sur la scène d'un grand théâtre apparaît un castelet. Le théâtre de Marianne, domaine d'une petite marionnette fait vivre sous sa baguette trois saltimbanques, silhouettes en volume sorties de son chapeau. Chacun exécute son numéro, non sans difficulté. Puis la maladresse de l'un, l'espièglerie de l'autre autant que l'esprit enflammé du troisième engendrent quelques conflits, jusqu'à provoquer le chaos. Comment créer l'harmonie sans perdre la maîtrise? Le spectacle virerait-il à l'échec? Qui mène vraiment le jeu, la petite marionnette ou bien ses saltimbanques? Un grand spectacle dans un minuscule univers, c'est celui de Co Hoedeman, génie ensorceleur, maître de l'illusion et ici, virtuose de l'éclairage : un spectacle dans un spectacle et tous deux dans un 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.
A touching story of the friendship between a grandfather and his grandson, this is a film about aging and death. Award-winning animator Co Hoedeman combines 3-D and cut-out animation techniques to create a very dramatic and moving film. The story follows Charles and François through the different stages of their lives. With time, they become closer, common experiences having diminished the difference in age. By the end of the film, time appears to stand still; both are over one hundred years old and they are almost indistinguishable.
This short follows grand dame of the theatre Diana Leblanc as she prepares for a role in The Dybbuk (Soulpepper Theatre Company) and gets ready to direct an opera (Madame Butterfly). The film weaves together archival footage, photographs, and animation depicting Leblanc as a young ballerina, offering an intimate reflection on her life’s passions, challenges, and lessons.
Produced by the NFB in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2015 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.
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.
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.
In Crown Prince, Frank Robinson abuses his wife verbally and batters her physically, with frightening consequences not only for her, but also for their sons, Billy and Freddy. A thought-provoking drama, this film explores the complex problems teenagers face in dealing with domestic violence, and shows how one family begins the healing process.
In this short documentary about autism, director Anna Barczewska examines the complex challenge of raising autistic children. Through the voice of Jan's devoted mother and the comments of specialists, the film offers an introduction to this neurological disorder that reduces one’s ability to communicate with the outside world.
Manivald, a fox, is turning 33. Overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired, he lives with his overbearing, retired mother and spends his days learning piano while she makes his coffee and washes his socks. It is an easy life, but not a good one. Their unhealthy co-dependence is about to collapse when the washing machine breaks down and Toomas, a sexy and adventurous wolf repairman, arrives to fix it, and them.
Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days is about the special relationship between Regina Pessoa and her uncle. The film is a testament to her love for this eccentric, who was an artistic inspiration and played a key role in her becoming a filmmaker. A moving tribute to a poet of the everyday.
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This short film pays tribute to Paul Thompson, a man who has created a uniquely Canadian theatrical tradition through his passion, vision and tireless innovation. At 14, he was given a ticket for the Stratford Festival. Fifty years later, it's hard to imagine Canadian theatre without his inspired leadership.
From Theatre Passe Muraille to the National Theatre School, Paul has mentored generations of actors and playwrights, forging a vibrant and distinctly Canadian theatre tradition.
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2011 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.
This short film pays tribute to actress and comedian Mary Walsh. Layering archival photographs of downtown St. John’s and evocative imagery, it tells the remarkable story of a little girl who grew up next door to her family. Inspired by Mary Walsh’s one woman play Dancing with Rage, the film reveals the heart of the unique characters created by Newfoundland’s grand dame of comedy.
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2012 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.
Ages 6 to 11
Study Guide - Guide 1
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Health/Personal Development - Healthy Relationships
Health/Personal Development - Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution
Media Education - Film Animation
In a whimsical theatrical universe, a puppeteer attempts to create a show with her three paper cut-out Saltimbanco acrobats. Sometimes, however, it is not clear just who is in charge. How do the little acrobats work together to restore harmony? Have students create paper characters and play out scenarios with each other. Are we always in charge? How important is it to sometimes just go with the flow?