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Marquise Lepage

"The Lost Garden - The Life and Cinema of Alice Guy Blache" is Marquise Lepage's third documentary. Produced by Regards de femmes, the National Film Board of Canada's French women's studio, it is a work of cinematic archaeology, in which Lepage lovingly resurrects the memory of the world's first woman filmmaker.

In March 1994, she directed the NFB feature film "La Fete des rois," in which a young boy observes his family as they gather together to celebrate Little Christmas. The film was acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.

In 1992, she directed "Mon Amerique a moi," a documentary that mixes poetry and philosophy in a personal look at travel and dreams. (Produced for the Parler d'Amerique collection by the NFB and Les Productions d'Amerique francaise inc.). That same year, she directed the fictional short "Dans ton pays," which was nominated for a Genie award.

In 1989, her documentary "Un Soleil entre deux nuages" revealed the inspiring courage of children suffering from terminal illnesses. Produced by the NFB and widely distributed in Canada, it won a Gemini for best editing. It was invited to many festivals and won numerous awards, including the Jury's Ecumenical Award (Festival de Nyon, Switzerland) and the Grand Prix des bibliotheques de France (Festival du Reel, Paris).

Her first film, "Marie s'en va-t-en ville," produced by les Productions du Lundi matin (1987) tells the story of a runaway girl who takes refuge with an aging prostitute. In addition to directing the film, Lepage also wrote the screenplay. The film was versioned into many languages, sold around the world, and invited to twelve international festivals. It received four Genie nominations and took the Best Foreign Film award at the Festival of Belfort (France) and won Best Female Interpretation at the Festival of Gijon (Spain).

Marquise Lepage is very active in the film community. From 1983 to 1991, she was an associate and Board member of Les Productions du Lundi matin. In 1990, she served as president of the Association Quebecoise Des Realisateurs et Realisatrices en Cinema et Television (AQRRCT). In March 1991, Lepage received the Arts Award at the Salon de la Femme in Montreal. (09/09)

The Lost Garden
A film by Marquise Lepage, 1995, 53 min., Color

THE LOST GARDEN looks at the life and times of Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968), arguably, the first narrative filmmaker in the world. Creating her first...

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