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L'Oumigmag ou l'Objectif documentaire


Pierre Perrault
Canada, 1993

28'
French, English


Synopsis


Du fond de la baie aux Feuilles, elle-même au creux de la baie d'Ungava, au solstice d'été, un cinéaste fait le guet. Sa caméra balaie la toundra, à la recherche d'une harde de boeufs musqués refusant obstinément de se faire cible d'un objectif... fût-il documentaire. Un film qui illustre la pensée d'un humaniste insatiablement curieux des choses, des êtres et des lieux.

Tënk's film review


Pierre Perrault’s L'Oumigmag Ou L'objectif Documentaire marks a decisive break from his earlier work. With man and words no longer the focal point, here he ventures on a new quest, this time to track down the Oumigmag. Spanning seven trips over five years, the film documents his attempts to get close to this mythical creature whose legend has straddled the centuries. With no characters or dialogue, for the first time Perrault relies solely on voices-off to present this beautifully poetic reflection on the art of documentary, tinged with humour.

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filmmaker

Pierre Perrault

Pierre Perrault (1927-1999), un des plus grands cinéastes québécois, fait partie des fondateurs de l'école du cinéma direct. Indissociable de l'Office National du Film du Canada où il œuvrera de longues années, il propose une nouvelle écriture cinématographique marquée par l'arrivée du son direct, et extrêmement attentif à la langue, aux mythes, au travail quotidien.

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