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    Canada

    2013

    76 min

    • French

    Documentary

    GUIDELINES explores the world of adolescence through a series of tableaux that illustrate the occasionally trying existence of young people at a rural secondary school. Emphasizing the contrasts between the regulated environment of the classroom and the beckoning freedom of the great outdoors, the film is structured around the teens’ meetings with various authority figures in the institution whose job it is to “set them straight.”

    During these encounters behind closed doors, the students’ day-to-day concerns emerge through the diversity of the stories they tell. Outside classroom hours, the students regain control of their world, the natural surroundings becoming a playground where they can test the limits of their temporary freedom.

    These spirited scenes of them “out exploring” alternate with the private meetings, shot indoors in close quarters. The documentary gradually sheds light on the interior drama of adolescence, with its shifts from fragility to reckless abandon. Relying mostly on uninterrupted long takes in order to record situations and emotions as faithfully as possible, the film makes a point of not criticizing either the education system or the youths’ behaviour. A work of patient observation, GUIDELINES paints a universal portrait of the ups and downs of the teen years.

    Awards

    • World Pulse Award - IndieLisboa
    • Special Mention (Best Canadian Feature) - RIDM

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Jean-François Caissy
    Cinematography
    Nicolas Canniccioni
    Editing
    Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
    Production
    NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
    Sales
    NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
    Jean-François Caissy

    Jean-François Caissy

    Canada

    Jean-François Caissy, born in the village of Saint-Omer on Quebec’s Gaspé peninsula, is an independent filmmaker and visual artist.

    His first feature-length documentary was 2005’s critically acclaimed LA SAISON DES AMOURS. As an artist-in-residence for Les Films de L’Autre, he next directed LA BELLE VISIT (2009), the first of his films to earn him international attention. It had its world premiere at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, won Best Documentary at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie, received best documentary nominations for both the Jutra and Genie awards, and was selected for numerous festivals around the world, including the BFI London Film Festival, Visions du Réel in Switzerland and Hot Docs in Toronto.

    Trained as a photographer, Caissy is also a visual arts practitioner, and has had several gallery showings of his work. In 2006 and 2007, he created videos for the plays Under Construction and Nager en surface, both presented at the Espace Go theatre in Montreal. More recently, his video installation Derby (2011) was shown at the Centre Clark in Montreal and at Galerie Espace F in Matane, Quebec. GUIDELINES (2014), his third documentary feature, will be screened at the 64th Berlinale. It marks his first collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada.

    Selected Filmography