Bernard Emond's La Donation to open the 28th Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

    ROUYN-NORANDA, QC, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The 28th Festival du cinéma
international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue is proud to announce that Bernard
Emond's feature film La Donation (The Legacy) will be presented as a Quebec
première on its opening night, Saturday, October 31. This film is deeply
impregnated with the essence of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, thus the obvious choice
to kick off the Festival. "I was indebted to the Festival. The scenario began
to form in my mind during a tour of the region organized by the Festival. I
wrote it for Abitibi-Témiscamingue. The film was shot in Abitibi-Ouest. The
people were so extremely generous. Hence I now return the favor by presenting
the film in Abitibi-Témiscamingue first. That has been my wish and I held on
to it", says Emond.
    The film takes place in Normétal, a village in decline where the only
large employer, a mine, closed thirty years ago. Life is hard there. Doctor
Rainville, an old doctor who has a deep attachment to his patients, must
retire. He is looking for a successor. Jeanne Dion, an emergency doctor from
Montreal accepts to replace him for a few weeks. She finds out that a doctor's
relationships with his patients are much closer here. "In large hospital
emergency wards, the medical staff stands away from other people's pain". When
the older doctor dies, Jeanne must decide whether to stay in Normetal and
accept a responsibility that comes with much more commitment than she had
planned on. With La Donation, Bernard Emond completes a theological trilogy.
La Neuvaine (2005) dealt about faith, Contre toute espérance (2007) dealt
about hope and La Donation deals about charity.
    Produced by Bernadette Payeur and distributed by Séville Pictures Inc.,
this masterpiece brings together Jacques Godin and Elise Guilbault. "Bernard
Emond has brilliantly put the contrast between the cold light of
Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the warmth of its population into perspective" says
Festival President Jacques Matte.
    La Donation has recently won three awards at Switzerland's Locarno Film
Festival: the Don Quijote Prize awarded by the International Cine-Club
Federation; the 2nd Youth Jury Prize and the Quality and Environment Prize.
This film is also listed on the official selection of the Toronto
International Film Festival.
    Tickets for the opening night of the Festival will be on sale starting
September 10, at Théâtre du cuivre de Rouyn-Noranda, Mag Music in Amos, Cinéma
Capitol in Val-d'Or, Maison de la Culture in La Sarre and Intro Musique in

    The 28th Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue will
take place in Rouyn-Noranda from October 31 to November 5, 2009.

For further information:

For further information: Anne-Marie Belzile; Louis Dallaire, (819)

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