The Black Squirrel
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The Black Squirrel

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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.

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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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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