The Québec Government Office is proud to join the American Film Institute in welcoming the co-directors of Éléphant: The Memory of Québec Cinema, Marie-José Raymond and Claude Fournier to Washington, to present their restorations of the films ‘Good Riddance’ [Les bons débarras] and ‘August 32nd on Earth’ [Un 32 août sur terre].
As part of the Canada Now film series, the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center (AFI Silver) has invited Éléphant’s co-directors to introduce both films. Following the screenings, they will be available to discuss the films as well as Éléphant’s other initiatives, allowing future generations to access and enjoy Québec’s masterpieces. Both films will be presented at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.
Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 5:30 PM
‘Good Riddance’ [Les bons débarras] (1980)
Winner of eight Genie Awards and often ranked on lists of top-ten Canadian films, ‘Good Riddance’ tells the story of an overwhelmed working mother caring for her precocious, unstable 13-year old daughter and her mentally challenged brother.
Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:20 PM
‘August 32nd on Earth’ [Un 32 août sur terre] (1998)
This sweet and soulful journey of a young woman sent into free-fall after surviving a car crash was Denis Villeneuve’s debut feature at Cannes in 1998. Éléphant’s restoration was presented at Cannes in May 2017.
Éléphant: The Memory of Québec Cinema is a large-scale philanthropic project to digitize, restore, preserve, and make accessible Québec’s rich cinematographic heritage. Since 2007, this not-for-profit initiative has restored close to 225 Québécois movies, many of which are available for purchase on iTunes® in English and in French. Their website elephantcinema.quebec is the largest database on Québec cinema.