Avant-garde, most certainly, Plein (s) Ecran (s) has been offering a film festival since 2016 fully virtuel. For its fifth anniversary, its spokesperson for two years, Julianne Côté, told us about this edition like no other.
“You have to take the small victories where they are,” said actress Julianne Côté in a telephone interview. In these difficult times of confinement and curfew, these “small victories” are the dose of comfort brought on a silver platter by Plein (s) Ecran (s) to Internet users.
“The pandemic has absolutely not bothered the festival, but there are so many creators who are having difficulty at the moment. I have a thought for them. We must take advantage of this opportunity to share that we have and the positive that we can derive from it. ” Julianne Côté, spokesperson for Plein (s) Ecran (s)
Until January 25, nearly 70 short films from here and elsewhere will be available online.
The pandemic effect, “if it can rally more people to see cinema, it can only be positive”, evokes the one we have contemplated in You sleep Nicole by Stéphane Lafleur in 2014. And to continue “Quebecers thirst for culture and we are proud of our artists and their influence”.
Full Screen (s) Authentic
A closer look at the sumptuous and eclectic program celebrating the five years of Plein (s) Ecran (s), we are delighted to take this desire for local art for a reality. Of Goodbye golovin – which the Berlinale awarded with a jury mention in 2020 – by Mathieu Grimard, to King Lajoie by Joannie Lafrenière, through the promising Dětí Romane Garant-Chartrand and the return of a now regular Jean-François Leblanc with Landgraves, this overview leaves you speechless. A selection which “has the concern to touch everything”, specifies Julianne Côté.
“People are curious, and it’s so nice to discover new faces, new designers. So much the better if the festival brings them joy and entertainment, ”she adds. The completely digital film festival concept on social media remains the same. Nothing is therefore simpler than accessing the selection, “because everyone has a Facebook profile and we are all confined”.
But it is not because the recipe is working miracles this year that Plein (s) Ecran (s) did not allow itself the addition of magic ingredients. The spokesperson tells us more: “In addition to the 24 films in Quebec competition, and 8 in French competition, we have a section on Instagram this year. There are therefore 8 short films in the new Impression (s) ”. The Insomniac category (s), for its part, offers informed night owls films “of horror, of an intense, sexual or violent nature,” she explains.
Obviously, this is not all. Six Youth (s) films will also be presented in the mornings on Facebook in collaboration with the Carrousel International du Film de Rimouski. “A bit like when we were young and we listened to the guys when we woke up. It’s really for children, ”laughs Julianne Côté. NFB carte blanche, podcasts, master classes… nothing to get bored during the dozen days of the festival.
Concerning the master classes, precisely, of Jean-Marc Vallée (director of CRAZY. and Dallas Buyers Club) and producer Maria Gracia-Turgeon, who presented two short films from Quebec at the Oscars in 2019 and 2020, it is “a foray into their work, their inspirations. In these strange times, it can be interesting to see their journey and to have nice surprises, ”she says. “We are really proud to have them this year, because they are two important designers and from different generations. It’s very rich and it complements the festival well. ”
It is also with the same enthusiasm that Julianne Côté talks about her “very organic and fluid” collaboration with Plein (s) Ecran (s). For the third consecutive year, she is effectively its spokesperson. Because it is “natural, simple, easy to access and free, it goes without saying for her to be associated with the festival, to make it known and shine. “I really enjoy sharing my favorites, upcoming activities and talking about them.”
Julianne Côté also enjoys remembering great discoveries made thanks to Plein (s) Ecran (s). “I loved the fanimation ilm The procession by Rodolphe Saint-Gelais and Pascal Blanchet. The music of Pierre Lapointe and Philippe Brault was really intoxicating, and the drawing and the subject had also seduced me ”, she is delighted.
Finally, the actress salutes the success of Plein (s) Ecran (s) in keeping the “spirit of urgency” of festivals, since each day, four films are available virtually for 24 hours. “It’s the fun also that people can express themselves! ” Remember that the number of shares of the short films on Facebook will determine the audience’s Grand Prize at the end.
Five projections to remember:
- Master class by Jean-Marc Vallée, January 16, 3 p.m., on Facebook
- SDR by Alexa-Jeanne Dubé, January 19 on Facebook
- No crying at the dinner table by Carol Nguyen, January 19 on Facebook
- King Lajoie by Joanie Lafrenière, January 19 on Facebook
- Goodbye golovin by Mathieu Grimard, January 22 on Facebook