FICFA: the films of Georges Hannan and Joe Nadeau awarded

Crowned with the Léonard Forest Wave for best Acadian feature film at the 36th Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie, for his documentary Croque-mort, c’est beau la vie!, director Georges Hannan was visibly moved. “Thank you, it’s very touching,” said the Moncton filmmaker, who wishes to share this award with his team and the film’s participants.

The awards ceremony took place at the Aberdeen Cultural Center in Moncton on Thursday evening, the day before the closing of the FICFA. The three professional juries awarded seven La Vague prizes, as well as four special mentions. The humanity, audacity, diversity and originality of the works were rewarded.

In the category of Acadian feature films, four very different works were in competition.

In its comments, the jury highlighted the audacity of the editing and soundtrack of Georges Hannan’s film, which offers a humorous look at a subject that concerns us all. A documentary described as refreshing.

“The competition was strong, all four films are worth seeing. I would not have wanted to have the job of the jury to choose and say that this person wins. I am very moved,” said Georges Hannan in an interview.

His film deals with the funeral industry, from the human angle. A work that leaves no one indifferent. Ironically, the director suffered several rejections from producers before the NFB agreed to produce the film.

“I’m happy that the NFB was ‘weird’ enough to take the project in hand,” continued the filmmaker, who thus won his first FICFA prize as a director.

The docu-fiction L’Ordre secret by Phil Comeau received a special mention for its important light on the history of Acadia and the Canadian Francophonie, through a personal quest that highlights the depth of literature search.

GendrBendr by Joe Nadeau won the Vague for best ACIC/ONF Acadian short film. Angie Richard, member of the jury, highlighted the uninhibited approach to a very personal subject, its great evocative power and its contagious energy; hoping that they can continue to “queer” Acadia and Acadian culture in the years to come. Joe Nadeau was not present at the ceremony. The jury added a special mention to Black Painting by Laura De Decker.

The French film The Super 8 Years by Annie Ernaux and David Ernaux-Briot won the Wave for best documentary medium or feature. Witness to an era, this film conquered the jury by the dialogue between the family archives and the narration of the writer Annie Ernaux.

Sixteen works were in competition for the Vague Unis TV for the best Canadian fiction feature film. The Ontario film Rosie by Gail Maurice won the prize. Suzanne Cyr said the jury was touched by the profound humanism of this work, which addresses difficult social realities, but which remains luminous by celebrating diversity and resilience.

The jury unanimously chose the Franco-Belgian film Close by Lukas Dhont, which was awarded the Wave for best international fiction feature film. The Best Canadian Short Film Prize went to Paradoxe by Aimé Majeau Beauchamp (Québec), while a special mention was awarded to Nid d’oiseau by Nadia Louis-Desmarchais (Québec). The dramatic comedy Fairplay by Zoel Aeschbacher (France) stood out in the category of international short films. The jury also awarded a special mention to Khadiga from Morad Mostafa (Egypt).

The Vague Coup de Coeur will be awarded after the festival following the public’s vote.

Cinephiles at the rendezvous

After nine days of activities, the FICFA ends on Friday with French comedy Cut! by Michel Hazanavicus. The general director of the festival, Mélanie Clériot, gives a positive assessment of the festivities. She estimates that the festival reached between 18,000 and 20,000 people, including a record 14,000 students for school tours.

“We had an excellent turnout, a lot of energy from the public, we had over 3,000 people at the screening sessions and the media art component, not to mention all the exhibitions and parallel activities.”

According to Mélanie Clériot, people needed to meet in person and live this experience of cinema in theaters and meetings with filmmakers. A few sessions were sold out, including the two evenings at the Capitol Theater, the Acadian screenings, as well as those of the media art component.

Dominique Léger, head of programming, underlined the human side of the festival, with significant moments and beautiful encounters.

FICFA: the films of Georges Hannan and Joe Nadeau awarded