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MARTIN VILLENEUVE, FIRST QUEBEC SPEAKER AT TED CONFERENCE

Montreal, February 27, 2013 – The Québec Film and Television Council (QFTC) congratulates director Martin Villeneuve on his invitation to speak at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) 2013 conference on February 27 in Long Beach, California. This is the first time that a speaker from Québec has been asked to give a talk at this prestigious event, following in the footsteps of numerous personalities such as former United States President Bill Clinton, Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and novelist Isabel Allende.
 
Held annually, the TED conference is devoted to spreading ideas. The talks deal with a wide variety of subjects in the fields of science, the arts, politics and architecture, to name but a few.
 
Chris Anderson, TED curator, approached Québec director Martin Villeneuve after a screening of his film Mars and April, produced by Anne-Marie Gélinas of EMAfilms. Chris describes Mars and April as “one of the most stunning films in recent years … it uses the codes of science fiction in a deeply sensitive way to explore a musical and poetic path.” He also states: “What is most surprising is how Martin Villeneuve managed to pursue his ambitious project year after year, turning every obstacle that threatened his progress into an opportunity that only fuelled his creativity.”
 
Martin Villeneuve’s presentation will focus on the major obstacles that creatively sharpened Mars and April. His talk is scheduled today.