Literary-to-film adaptation

Literary-to-film adaptation



Literary-to-film adaptation

Workshop - Fiction - Winter 2024

Tuesday February 20, 2024
6 pm - 9 pm

Main Film
2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec

With Francis Leclerc (Le Plongeur, Pieds nus dans l’aube)

Members $60 | Non-members $90

Literature and cinema are arts with fundamental differences. Adapting a literary work means reinventing the story in depth.

In this workshop, you’ll discover how to take a story and turn it into a screenplay. You’ll learn how to put into images a style, a discourse, an atmosphere based on literary works without losing their nature, and tackle the legal aspects. Various examples will be presented to illustrate this. At the end of this workshop, you’ll be ready to exploit new sources to enrich your creation.

Workshop is given in French but questions may be asked in English.

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Francis Leclerc

Francis Leclerc was born in Quebec City in 1971. During his studies in communications, he became interested in cinema, and in the 1990s produced more than 20 short and medium-length films and some 50 music videos. He went on to direct his first feature film, Une jeune fille à la fenêtre (2001). Mémoires affectives (2004) won several awards, including the Jutra and the Genie for best direction. After writing one of the episodes of the TV series Nos étés, he co-directed the TV film Marie-Antoinette (2006) with Yves Simoneau. Un été sans point ni coup sûr is his third feature film (2008). In 2011, the short film Trotteur won several international awards, including the Jutra for best short film in Quebec. Since then, he has directed several TV series, including Apparences, Les Rescapés, Mon meilleur ami, Les Beaux malaises and Marche à l’ombre. Francis returns to cinema with the adaptation of Félix Leclerc’s novel Pieds nus dans l’aube (2017), co-written with Fred Pellerin. This project will be followed by the fantasy tale L’arracheuse de temps (2021) and De peigne et de misère (in development), two further collaborations with the storyteller. His 6th film, Le Plongeur, a big-screen adaptation of Stéphane Larue’s novel, was released in February 2023.


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