Fascinating hockey documentary Junior opens in Quebec starting January 25, 2008

    MONTREAL, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Acclaimed when it opened the 10th RIDM
(Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal) in November, the
feature documentary Junior will have a special screening on Thursday,
January 24 as part of the Festival du film international de Baie-Comeau
(Cinoche 2008). Directed by Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault, Junior
goes behind the scenes during a season with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The event will be eagerly anticipated in a
town that enjoys a winter obsession with our national sport. Starting on
January 25, the film will screen at Cinéma Parallèle (Ex-Centris) in Montreal,
Le Clap in Quebec City and La Maison du Cinéma in Sherbrooke. It will also
screen in other Quebec towns via Réseau Plus (ACPQ).

    The competitive world of junior hockey

    Like society, the world of junior hockey seems more and more obsessed
with competition, and the players and managers of the Drakkar team of
Baie-Comeau are no exception. Filmed in the "direct cinema" tradition, Junior
takes in one complete season, recording the fascinating behind-the-scenes life
of this tough and exacting environment. Trainers, shareholders, agents,
recruiters: all eyes are fixed on these young players who at the age of 16 are
already gambling with their future. Junior evocatively and sensitively paints
a larger-than-life portrait of a sports world that's both pitiless and very
human. Junior is produced and distributed by the National Film Board of

    About the directors

    Stéphane Thibault has won many prizes, including the "best hope" Jutra
for his documentary Les Justes in 2002. He has also had a successful TV
career, directing programs such as Infoman and Les Francs-tireurs. Isabelle
Lavigne won several awards including the "best documentary" Colin Low award at
the Vancouver Doxa Documentary Festival for her film Le 4125, rue Parthenais.
She began her partnership with Stéphane Thibault working on the TV series
Boulevard St-Laurent. Both are now working on two projects, one on Egyptian
popular dancers and the other on Aboriginal identity.


    About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada produces and distributes bold and
distinctive social issue documentaries, auteur animation and digital content
that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. Since its founding
in 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over
5,000 awards, including more than 90 Genies. The NFB also received its
12th Academy Award(R) this year for the animated short The Danish Poet,
directed by Torill Kove and co-produced by Norway's Mikrofilm AS and the NFB.
The NFB is renowned for its technical innovations and is a leader in content
for new platforms. For more information about the NFB or to order films, go to
www.nfb.ca or call 1-800-267-7710.

    Press screening
    Thursday, January 17 at 10 am
    Cinéma Parallèle (Ex-Centris)
    3536 St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal

    Press meeting with the filmmakers and some of the people in the film
    Tuesday, January 22, 1 pm to 5 pm
    Champs Bar-Restaurant
    3956 St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal
    Please RSVP with the press agent.

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