No Fish Where to Go

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    No Fish Where to Go

    Nul poisson où aller

    Directed by

    Canada

    2014

    13 min

    • English

    Animation, Short

    In this short animation based on Marie-Francine Hébert's 2003 book of the same name, a friendship unites two little girls from opposing clans in a village where tensions are mounting. The citizens with the red shoes clearly despise those without, and one fateful morning, one of the girls and her family are accosted at gunpoint by their oppressors. The little girl barely has time to grab her beloved pet fish before the men are herded to one side and the women and children to the other. So begins our protagonist's long and painful journey as she seeks shelter for herself, her mother, and her fish. This modern tale compassionately and poetically addresses intolerance and the consequences of war.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Award - Annecy IAFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Maria Bircher
    Teale Bishopric
    Andreas Apergis
    Bruce Dinsmore
    Mathew MacKay
    Angela Magri
    Kent McQuaid
    Kwasi Songui
    Screenplay
    Marie-Francine Hébert
    Cinematography
    Nicola Lemay
    Janice Nadeau
    Editing
    Oana Suteu
    Music
    Jorane
    Production
    NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
    Sales
    NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
    Janice Nadeau

    Janice Nadeau

    Canada

    Janice Nadeau studied graphic design at the Université du Québec à Montréal and at the École supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg (France), and worked as an art director in advertising agencies. She has illustrated a number of books, and is a three-time recipient of the Governor General's Award for Illustration, Canada's most prestigious literary prize. Her evocative, poetic and sophisticated style is a mix of retro and modern. Through her soft watercolors, a fine and intricate line work can be seen. A multitude of details bring a rich touch to her compositions. She has just co-directed her first animated short, NO FISH WHERE TO GO, at the National Film Board of Canada and is currently teaching illustration at the École de design of Université du Québec à Montréal.

    Nicola Lemay

    Nicola Lemay

    Canada

    After studies at UQAM and a first independent film, THE STAR EATER (1999, selected at Aspen Kidtoonfest 2000), Nicola Lemay began a rich collaboration with the NFB. He was artistic director and animator on several episodes of the series SCIENCE PLEASE! (2002 Gemini Award for Best Animation Programme), and then directed the 6-time awarded NOËL NOËL (2003) and PRIVATE EYES (2011), where he explored stereo 3D.