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Luc Bourdon's The Memories of Angels in the Limelight at the 2009 FOCAL International Awards Ceremony in London, England

27 March 2009

The National Film Board of Canada is proud to announce that The Memories of Angels, by Luc Bourdon, is part of the official competition for the 2009 FOCAL International Awards. The winners of this year’s awards, which are designed to promote the use of archive images in the creative media, will be announced during a ceremony held in London, England, on May 5. As the National Film Board celebrates its 70th birthday, Luc Bourdon’s feature film confirms the NFB’s role in conserving one of the world’s most remarkable audiovisual collections, a priceless part of Canadian and global heritage.

An assembly of clips from 120 films produced by the NFB, The Memories of Angels is a trip through time, an exploration of the Montreal mosaic and a wonderful cinematic adventure. In creating this film essay, Luc Bourdon has drawn from the fertile source of great Quebec cinema, recycling and reformatting sights and sounds of the past and lending them a new and unexpected texture. Winner of the Focus–Cinémathèque québécoise Grand Prize at the 2008 edition of Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), The Memories of Angels is also a finalist for the Jutra Award for Best Documentary.

NFB IMAGES is a collection of spectacular new High Definition footage and archival treasures from the vaults of the National Film Board of Canada and its partners. It provides researchers, producers, directors and editors from around the world with unprecedented access to stock footage on a wide array of topics: classic and contemporary material on war and conflict, industrialization, rural and urban lifestyles, celebrities, wildlife and a treasure trove of film footage on the Arctic The NFB’s holdings are renowned for their historical value and the quality of the film originals, including new material shot in HD and archival footage now available in HD. To find out more about NFB IMAGES, go to www.nfb.ca/images

About the National Film Board of Canada

The world changes, our stories live on – that's the National Film Board of Canada's pledge to Canadians as it marks its 70th anniversary in 2009 with a new national online Screening Room and a slate of bold, innovative productions. Canada's public film producer and distributor, the NFB produces and distributes social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. In collaboration with its international partners and co-producers, the NFB is expanding the vocabulary of 21st century cinema and breaking new ground in form and content, through community filmmaking projects, cross-platform media, interactive cinema, stereoscopic animation – and more. Since the NFB's founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To watch over 700 productions online or for more information, visit www.nfb.ca/images