For those who saw him stand in downtown Arvida, the building located at 1916 boulevard Mellon was figure slums.
Alexandre Ruffin served as co-producer and director of photography of the film Epoque 1916, while Geneviève Brochu held camera.
What was invisible to the average person, that’s life that flourished inside its crumbling walls. Until his death in the fall of 2014, the apartments on the first floor were occupied, indeed. One of the tenants was the filmmaker and painter Nicolas Sablonnière, also known as the Delasablo.
Knowing that the building was condemned, he began to film the activities taking place there, a project with the help of his friends Alexandre Ruffin, co-producer and director of photography, as well as Sien-Sébastien and Geneviève Brochu, his wife.
The fruit of these efforts is a feature film, 1916 Period, the first will take place on 12 May. The only performance planned at this time will take place at 20h at the Pierrette-Gaudreault Room Jonquière. Available for $ 10, it will show that the modest appearance of Mellon in 1916 were misleading.
“The building is the main character and I filmed it as a living being. This is not really a documentary, but a snapshot, along with a poem about life, death, creation and destruction, “said Nicolas de la Sablonnière during an interview with the progression Sunday.
One of the people that will stand out on the screen is a friend of the director, the late Hervé Leclerc. The latter is frequently visited Mellon in 1916, but it is in his apartment to him as images were captured shortly before his death.
“It is about the portrait I did of him,” said Nicolas de la Sablonnière. Note in passing that two books devoted to this artist will be published next fall. One of them will take the form of a biography, while the other will contain texts by Hervé Leclerc, including poems.
To return to the movie, it opens a window on the lives of artists gravitating around the director and his companion. “This is a snapshot of life. We see pass filmmakers, musicians, painters like Pascal Picard, “describes the Arvidien.
The film is not a plea against the destruction of the building, however, even if Nicolas Sablonnière found him full of qualities. “It was great and cheap, around $ 570 per month. The rooms were airy, while the ceiling was 11 feet. It was not a slum, “he says.
He and his comrades did not have any budget to produce the film, but had the necessary equipment to put the pictures in box. So it’s time, especially, has been invested in this work where black and white done well with the color.
“We shot in the style of guerrilla filmmaking. This feature is located in the independent film margin, “said Nicolas de la Sablonniere, who received assistance from the Gaza Sonimage and Councilman Carl Dufour, for the first of May 12
Some were able to assimilate the Mellon 1916 to a dump, but the film shot by Nicolas of Sablonnière shows that this place in the unlikely charm was full of life.
When comes the latest film of Nicolas Sablonnière, here is his first effort, a feature film entitled Dilemmas, returns point the tip of his nose. That thing that had been turned to the end of adolescence, with the help of his friends and Yan Mathieu Gaudreault Savard, could be a “remake”.
“I was 18 and we did that for fun, says the filmmaker from the Saguenay. We dreamed to create movies and even if it was just released, we got a great critic Andre Caron in Sequence magazine. ”
This adventure was his souvenir row drawer when Yan Savard was contacted to explore the possibility of a “remake”. “I replied: ” Are you sick? We were so young when we did that. ” I was skeptical, “said Nicolas de la Sablonnière.
The last surprise, he agreed to rework the text. A first revision was produced as a precursor to further treatment for which mobilize a professional writer. “The philosophy and the story will remain the same. By cons, we will widen the dilemmas, “comments the Sagueneen.
In this thriller shot in 1994, three friends take different paths after committing a crime together. One becomes hitman and one arms dealer, while the third had a career in the police. “Each in his own way, they represent the archetypal world of crime,” said Nicolas de la Sablonnière.
Their reunion is the pretext for an exploration of the human soul, a track that the adult he became a judge still relevant. However, it will wait to see the new version of dilemmas, including Yan Savard sign realization.
“It will not be turned back two or three years. To make this work, it will take another project to succeed, “glimpse of Nicolas Sablonnière.