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The Black Squirrel - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB525159
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Yves Bisaillon
Directors:  Fadel Saleh
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Architecture, Arts, Canadian Literature, Documentary, French, Literature
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1999
Running Time:  57:52

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You may think you know Ottawa, until you see it transfigured under the loving but provocative gaze of well-known Francophone writer Daniel Poliquin. In his novels, the national capital metamorphoses, like the dreaded rat that supposedly changed into the city's ubiquitous black squirrel in a bid to win our affection. Transporting us into Poliquin's unique world, this surprising film reveals another Ottawa through the dreams and desires of his characters--portrayed by Poliquin himself in scenes playfully recreated from his novels. Alternating reality and fiction, The Black Squirrel deconstructs old myths and invents new legends. In French with English subtitles.

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