Pour la suite du monde

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Pour la suite du monde
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Directed by Michel Brault
Marcel Carrière
Pierre Perrault
Produced by Fernand Dansereau
Written by Michel Brault
Pierre Perrault
Narrated by Stanley Jackson
Cinematography Michel Brault
Bernard Gosselin
Edited by Werner Nold
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada
Release date
  • August 4, 1963 (1963-08-04)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Canada
Language French

Pour la suite du monde is a 1963 Canadian documentary film directed by Michel Brault, Marcel Carrière and Pierre Perrault. It was entered into the 1963 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

A work of ethnofiction, for centuries the inhabitants of Ile-aux-Coudres, a small island in the St. Lawrence River, trapped beluga whales by sinking a weir of saplings into the offshore mud at low tide. After 1920, the practice was abandoned. In 1962, a team of National Film Board of Canada filmmakers led by director Perrault and cinematographer Brault arrived on the island to make a cinéma-vérité documentary about the people and their isolated life. They encouraged the islanders to revive the practice of beluga fishing.

The resulting film was hugely popular in Quebec, and today is recognized as a classic of Canadian cinema. Pour la suite du monde has been consistently ranked by critics as one of the best ever made and it represents a major development in the Direct Cinema movement, moving away from simple observation to a more immediate participation and a great emphasis on the words of the people portrayed.[2] It received a Special Award and was named Film of the Year at the 1964 Canadian Film Awards.[3] In 1984 the Toronto International Film Festival ranked the film eighth in the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time.[4]

The film features local residents Léopold Tremblay, Alexis Tremblay, Abel Harvey, Louis Harvey and Joachim Harvey.

Alternate English versions and titles[edit]

The film has been screened in various versions and with no less than four English-language titles. At its 1963 Cannes premiere, it was billed as For Those Who Will Follow.[1] The NFB has also promoted the film in English as Of Whales, the Moon and Men [5] or The Moontrap,[6] depending upon whether it was the 105 minute or 84 minute version, respectively. The release of a 2007 "Île-aux-Coudres Trilogy" DVD trilogy also translates the film title as For the Ones to Come.[7]

The film is commonly referred to as simply Pour la suite du monde in both French and English.[2][8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: For Those Who Will Follow". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Pour la suite du monde". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Film Reference Library. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Awards". Of Whales, the Moon and Men collections page. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time," The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2012, URL accessed 28 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Of Whales, the Moon and Men". National Film Board of Canada collections page. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  6. ^ "The Moontrap". National Film Board of Canada collections page. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  7. ^ "Île-aux-Coudres Trilogy - Disc 1". National Film Board of Canada collections page. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Pour la suite du monde". National Film Board of Canada collections page. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 

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