Montreal, Canada – August 27, 2013 – The family of Marilyn Bergeron, missing since February 17, 2008, will attend the world premiere of Absences, a film directed by award-winner Carole Laganière and produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Absences will screen during the 37th World Film Festival (WFF) in Montreal on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
7:00 p.m. Reception at Ambassade Boris, located at 1641 St-Denis, Montréal (Québec), H2X 3K3. Phone: 514-508-5979
9:30 p.m. Screening of Absencesat the Cineplex Odeon Latin Quarter, located at 350 Emery Street, Montreal (Quebec), H2X 1J1. Phone: 514-849-2244
Pina Arcamone, general director of the Missing Children Network and Andrée Champagne, coordinator of the Eastern Quebec Association of Families of Persons Assassinated or Disappeared (AFPAD), will accompany Marilyn’s family to the premiere. This special event gives hope to all those who keep Marilyn in their hearts, even after more than five years of disappearance.
Absences will also be released in theaters at the Montreal Excentris Cinema on September 20, 2013. A press screening will be held at Montreal Excentris Cinema on Wednesday, September 11th, at 10:00 a.m. The cinema is located at 3536, Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal (Québec), H2X 2V1.It was nearly a year ago that Nathalie Bergeron walked through the streets of the city of Toronto, searching for her sister Marilyn under the sensitive and discreet gaze of director Carole Laganière and her technical team. Marilyn’s family will experience the film Absences during the premiere, but the possibility that thousands of people on all continents may see the documentary provides a unique opportunity to revive a difficult quest that time unfortunately does not soothe. Therefore, the family will view this film with great emotion, gratitude, and renewed hope.
Produced at the NFB by Colette Loumède, Absences is a documentary directed by Carole Laganière under Filmmakers in Residence program at the NFB.
Winner of the Best Canadian Documentary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto in 2002 for The Fiancée of Lifeand in 2003 for The Moon and the Violin, Carole Laganière has established herself as a mature artist with a compassionate and insightful perspective. The filmmaker and the film’s protagonists will attend the world premiere at the WFF.
For further information or for interview requests, please contact Marie-Claude Lamoureux, NFB.