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  • MY LIFE

    Dramatic comedy, 16 mm, 21 min., color, 1992,
    French with English subtitles
    Original French Version

    MY LIFE played more than 40 Festivals around the world: at the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 1993, with the help of the Délégation du Québec à New York, at the Toronto International Film Festival, at the Indianapolis Canadian Film Festival, at the Quebec Cinema Festival in Blois, in many lesbian and gay festivals across the world (Hong Kong, Tokyo, Melbourne, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Turino, Berlin, Amsterdam, London,...), in short film festivals (Namur, Aix-en-Provence) and at the first International HIV & AIDS Film Festival, in Paris. It has been presented at the Ottawa Fine Arts Museum and was bought by Pride TV.




    Distribution :

    World : Castor & Pollux

    France : included on the DVD of THE ESCORT, distributed by EKlipse Vidéo



    Synopsis :

    Seeking a way out of his writer’s block, Jeannot looks to his past to assess the progress of his life : a hippie coming out in the sixties; a disco bunny finding and losing love in the seventies; living with AIDS in the eighties; and a hopeful look into his future.



    Cast :

    Jeannot : Denis Langlois
    Jean : Mario Thibeault
    Jeannot's mother : Claudine Paquette
    Old Jeannot : Guy Provencher
    Old Jean : Charles Radford
    Jeannot's son : Denis Tran Van Mang




    Credits :

    Director : Denis Langlois
    Script : Denis Langlois, Bertrand Lachance
    Producer : Denis Langlois
    Image : Jean-Claude Bustros
    Art direction : René Ménard
    Sound : Attila Bertalan
    Editing : René Roberge, Denis Langlois
    Sound design : Sylvie Masse
    Music : Michel Smith




    Reviews :

    "We see a series of pivotal moments in a writer’s life, all beautifully prefaced by the films’s strongest segment, wherein the main character sorts through childhood memorabilia and wonders where all his past selves have gone."- Steve Kokker, Mirror

    "Chronique biographique de la vie d'un écrivain qui se cherche, MA VIE ne manque pas d'intérêt avec son air trop naïf pour l'être vraiment. Avec quatre sketches étalés sur 70 ans, Langlois impose un ton personnel et attachant." -Eric Fourlanty, VOIR, Montréal

    "Full of period atmosphere and colour, the film is a witty summation of recent gay history." -David McIntosh, Festival of Festivals, Toronto

    "Voilà une oeuvre à la fois stylisée, originale, amusante et prenante, qui se termine sur un message d'espoir. Une réussite dans son genre, ce film englobe succinctement la plupart des préoccupations des gais." -Maxence Prod, RG, Montréal

    "From Canada, Denis Langlois' MA VIE is a meditation on memory, loss and love... I found this an especially intriguing film. It's one of the few I watched more than once." -Hank Sartin, Windy City Times, Chicago



    Festivals and presentations :

    November 1992
    Festival Image & Nation gaie et lesbienne - Montréal - Opening film
    Les 5 jours du cinéma indépendant canadien - Montréal - Closing film

    February 1993
    Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois - Montréal (Canada)
    Cinéma Parallèle: Sortie commerciale - Montréal (Canada)

    May 1993
    Toronto Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Canada)

    June 1993
    New York New Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (USA)
    Alliance de la vidéo et du cinéma indépendant - Vancouver (Canada)
    The 17th San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (USA)

    July 1993
    The 11th Los Angeles International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (USA)

    September 1993
    Toronto International Film Festival of Festivals (Canada)

    October 1993
    Third Festival du Cinéma Québécois - Blois (France)
    DC's 3rd Annual Celebration of Gay and Lesbian Films - Washington (USA)
    Internationales SchwulLesbiches Filmfestival - Berlin (Germany)

    November 1993
    The 13th Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival (Etats-Unis)
    Festival International du Court Métrage de Namur (Belgique)
    The 2nd AIDS Film Festival (Pays-Bas : Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Groningen, Nijmegen)

    December 1993
    Cégep Saint-Laurent - Soirée du jeune cinéma québécois (Canada)
    Festival Tous Courts d'Aix-en-Provence (France)

    January 1994
    MIT Lesbian and Gay Film Festival- Boston (USA)
    The 4th Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Hong Kong)
    February 1994
    Indianapolis Festival of Canadian Cinema (USA)

    March 1994
    Melbourne Queer Film and Video Festival (Australia)
    The 3rd Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival (Japan)
    The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (UK)

    April 1994
    2e Festival International du Court Métrage de Montréal (Canada)
    International Turino Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Italy)
    Lesbian & Gay Video Festival at Brandeis University (Massachussets - USA)
    Lesbich-Schwule Filmtage Hamburg (Germany)
    Festival International du Film VIH & SIDA - Paris (Cannes, Lyon, Genève, Montréal in 1994-1995)
    The Making Scenes Gay & Lesbian Film Festival- Ottawa
    (presentation at the Fine Arts Museum of Canada)

    June1994
    41st Sydney Film Festival (Australia)

    Mars - sept. 1994
    Tournée du cinéma indépendant canadien -
    (Tournée dans diverses villes et institutions au Québec ; Musée de la Civilisation de Québec...)

    December 94
    Cinematheque Ontario, Retrospective 'The fruit machine' (Toronto)

    February 1995
    1er Festival du film VIH-Sida au cégep Montmorency - Laval (Canada)

    June 1995
    Cine-club de l'association gay et lesbienne des Bois-Francs -Victoriaville (Canada)
    (Présentation en première partie du film LES ROSEAUX SAUVAGES d'André Téchiné)

    September 95
    Lisbon (Portugal) Turino (Italy), Barcelone (Spain)
    Tour of the HIV-AIDS Festival -PARIS

    October 95
    Bangkok International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Thailand)

    August 97
    Vancouver Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (Canada)