Produced by ACPAV and co-produced by the NFB. Michel La Veaux’s Labrecque, une caméra pour la mémoire in Montreal and Quebec City theatres starting January 12.

News Release

December 5, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

After a well-received world premiere at the 36th Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FCIAT), the feature documentary Labrecque, une caméra pour la mémoire, directed by Michel La Veaux, opens in theatres in Montreal and Quebec City on Friday, January 12. The film will screen at the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal and the Cinéma Cartier in Quebec City. Labrecque, une caméra pour la mémoire offers a rare opportunity to witness a genuine encounter between renowned filmmaker and cinematographer Jean-Claude Labrecque (À hauteur d’homme), one of the pioneers of Quebec cinema, and the acclaimed Quebec cinematographer (Le démantèlement) and film director (Hôtel La Louisiane) Michel La Veaux. The film is produced by Nicole Hubert with executive producer Bernadette Payeur for the Association coopérative de productions audiovisuelles (ACPAV), and co-produced by the NFB, with Nathalie Cloutier as producer and Colette Loumède as executive producer. The documentary captures Labrecque’s passionate, humanistic perspective on the films, culture, and history of Quebec. Either Michel La Veaux or Jean-Claude Labrecque will be in attendance at some of the screenings.

About Labrecque, une caméra pour la mémoire (90 min)

This feature-length doc underscores not only the importance of Jean-Claude Labrecque’s work (especially in the documentary medium) but also his passion for film. The bond between Labrecque and director Michel La Veaux allows us to see beyond the images and discover the smaller story hidden within the larger one. La Veaux shares with us his own love for cinema and explores the humanistic perspective in Labrecque’s films, which have etched some of the great moments of Quebec’s culture and history into Quebecers’ collective memory.

Screenings at the Cinémathèque québécoise

During the first week of its run at the Cinémathèque québécoise, each screening of Labrecque, une caméra pour la mémoire will be followed by a short film that’s mentioned in the documentary and directed or shot by Labrecque. Audiences will be treated to titles such as 60 cycles, Un jeu si simple, Mémoire en fête and Marie Uguay. The theatre will also feature an exhibit of posters made for Labrecque’s films.


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For over 45 years, ACPAV has been developing and producing auteur films with a special emphasis on thought-provoking cinema. Directors and screenwriters whose work ACPAV has produced include Léa Pool, Mireille Dansereau, Paul Tana, Pierre Falardeau, Bernard Émond, Benoit Pilon, Sébastien Pilote, Sophie Deraspe and Richard Desjardins. ACPAV continues to develop new films and currently has projects by several new talents under way.

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The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 18 Canadian Screen Awards, 17 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies. To access NFB works, visit or download our apps for mobile devices.

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