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César à la belle étoile ("César Under the Stars")

Monday 14 July, 9:30 p.m., at the Videotron Just For Laughs stage (Quartier des spectacles)

CÉSAR UNDER THE STARS is an ambitious collaboration between the Just For Laughs and Fantasia festivals. In 1959, Radio-Canada offered Olivier Guimond his first television series. CÉSAR, a children’s show in pantomime, was his homage to his own heroes of the silent cinema. In addition to Guimond, the show starred Cioni Carpi, Paul Desmarteaux, Hubert Fielden, Guy L'Écuyer and Claire Richard. Directrd by Fernand Ippersiel, Paul Legault and Gilles Sénécal, CÉSAR has not screened since its original broadcasting. The masters of the show were discovered not even two years ago at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). The very best bits have been restored in anticipation of this special event, timed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Guimond’s birth, made possible through the invaluable assistance of the Guimond family, Les Productions Jacques K Primeau, la Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), Vision Globale, les productions Troublemakers, Archambault, Just For Laughs Festival presented by Vidéotron in cooperation with Loto-Québec, and Fantasia International Film Festival.

Over the course of an evening, the two festivals revive the glory days of silent cinema with a free outdoor screening. To keep the faith with the era, the images on screen will be accompanied by a live pianist performing a new musical score composed just for the occasion.

Composer, conductor and appointed pianist for the Cinémathèque Québécoise, Gabriel Thibaudeau is known across the globe as a great specialist in silent-film accompaniment. Fantasia has worked with him in the past on screenings at Place des Arts of METROPOLIS (2010) and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, NOSFERATU (2013) and last year’s THE KINGS OF COMEDY. This event is the next in a line of successful collaborations, and yet another unique chance for spectators to live a very special moment.

— Marc Lamothe