Showcase Francophonie

Damien Robitaille

The Black Squirrel

This feature film is a different portrait of Ottawa, as transfigured by the loving but provocative gaze of well-known Francophone writer Daniel Poliquin. In his novels, the national capital metamorphoses, like the dreaded rat that supposedly changed into the city's ubiquitous black squirrel in a bid to win our affection. Alternating reality and fiction, the film reveals another Ottawa through the dreams and desires of his novels' characters - all portrayed by Poliquin himself.

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This feature film is a different portrait of Ottawa, as transfigured by the loving but provocative gaze of well-known Francophone writer Daniel Poliquin. In his novels, the national capital metamorphoses, like the dreaded rat that supposedly changed into the city's ubiquitous black squirrel in a bid to win our affection. Alternating reality and fiction, the film reveals another Ottawa through the dreams and desires of his novels' characters - all portrayed by Poliquin himself.

— Damien Robitaille

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Film Credits

director
Fadel Saleh
script
Fadel Saleh
producer
Yves Bisaillon
camera
Karl Roeder
editing
Alan Collins
original music
Philippe Lapointe
sound editing
Claude Langlois
sound
Phil Brouwer
Stephen McCabe
re-recording
Serge Boivin
Geoffrey Mitchell
cast
Daniel Poliquin
Catherine Colvey
Louise Naubert
Lynne Adams
Evangelos Alexiou
Éloi Archambaudoin
Stéphane Aubin
Marcel Aymar
Roch Castonguay
Nikola Delev
Marie-Maude Denis
Chrystiane Drolet
Harry Elton
Lyette Goyette
Hedwige Herbiet
Pierre Huot
Renaud Lacelle-Bourbon
Paul Latreille
Vincent Leclerc
Patrick Louis Leroux
Hypollito Muanza
Lianne Picard-Poirier
Mohammed Rahal
Luc Thériault
Lyn Vaillancourt
Louise Villeneuve

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