AND THE BIRDS
Feature Film | Fiction | 126 minutes | Drama
Inspired by the novel of de Jocelyne Saucier, published by Éditions XYZ
A film by Louise Archambault
Cinematography Mathieu Laverdière
Edition Richard Comeau
Art Direction Marie-Claude Gosselin and Jean Labourdais
Original music Will Driving West (David Ratté and Andréa Bélanger)
Sound Jean Camden, Sylvain Bellemare, Stéphane Larivière,
Bernard Gariépy Strobl
Production Ginette Petit and Nathalie Bissonnette
Distribution in Canada MK2 | Mile End
Sales Agent INDIE SALES COMPANY
With Andrée Lachapelle, Gilbert Sicotte, Rémy Girard, Eve Landry,
Éric Robidoux, Louise Portal
Financial partners SODEC - Téléfilm Canada - Le Fonds Harold Greenberg
Crédit d’impôt du Québec - Crédit d’impôt du Canada
Quebec, Canada, Nowadays.
Three elderly hermits live deep in the woods, cut off from the rest of the world. While wildfires threaten the region, their quiet life is about to be shaken by the arrival of two women... A luminous octogenarian, unjustly institutionalized her whole life, and a young photographer charged with interviewing survivors of the region's deadliest forest fire. After the death of the eldest hermit, the two women make an astonishing discovery: hundreds of paintings echoing his tragic experience related to that devastating fire.
A story of intertwined destinies, where love can happen at any age.
Screenwriter and director, Louise Archambault, made her debut with the internationally acclaimed film Atomic Saké, winning many prizes such as the Jutra for Best Short Film. Her first feature film Familia gained many international sales and prizes such as Best Canadian First Feature Film at TIFF and received a Genie Award for a first film. In addition to directing episodes of the TV series La Galère (2013), Nouvelle Adresse (2014), broadcasted on Ici Radio-Canada, and This Life (2015), broadcasted on CBC, Louise launched her 2nd film Gabrielle at the Locarno International Film Festival (audience award). The film, selected to represent Canada at the Oscars and the Golden Globes in 2014, won many international prizes and was sold in more than 20 different territories. In 2014, Louise was named Personality of the Year by La Presse/I- ci Radio-Canada, in the arts and entertainment category.
Since 2016, Louise directed 3 seasons of the TV series Trop broadcasted on Ici Radio-Canada as well as 3 seasons of the TV series Catastrophe, broadcasted on Super Écran. The latter won the prestigious Best Script Format prize at the 2018 MIPCOM Gala in Cannes. In 2018, she directed Il pleuvait des oiseaux (And the Birds Rained Down), her 3rd Feature Film which is set to release in September, and in 2019, she directed Merci pour tout, her 4th feature film, set to hit theaters next Christmas.
Dragon Award Best International Film | Göteborg Film Festival | 2020
Toronto International Film Festival | world premiere | 2019
Festival de cinéma de la Ville de Québec | opening film | 2019
Vancouver International Film Festival | official selection | 2019
San Sebastian International Film Festival | official selection | 2019