WELCOME TO F.L. is a documentary portrait of high-school students in the Quebec city of Sorel-Tracy. Having studied there herself over a decade ago, director Geneviève Dulude-De Celles returns to the school to get to know its current undergraduates. The resulting film is a heartfelt depiction of what is for many people life's most confusing and extreme chapter — but also its most formative and affirming one.
- Best New Talent from Quebec / Canada - RIDM
- Geneviève Dulude-De Celles
- Léna Mill-Reuillard
- Étienne Roussy
- Emmanuelle Lane
- Peter Venne
Yields heartrending results.
I am interested first of all in the human being, in the people I want to film, whether it is in documentary or fiction; I want to look at our reality, faces in which we can recognize ourselves.
Geneviève Dulude-De Celles’ first short fiction film THE CUT won the Best International Short Film Award at the Sundance FF in addition to dozens of other awards. It was an official selection in more than 80 international film festivals. The following year, she released WELCOME TO F.L., a feature-length documentary that premiered at TIFF and won the Best New Talent award at RIDM along with earning two nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards. A COLONY, her first feature drama, premiered at the Berlinale and won Crystal Bear for the Best Film (Children’s Jury Generation Kplus). In addition to this, the film won the Grand Jury and People’s Choice Award - Canadian Feature Film at the Québec City FF, Best Canadian Film, Best Director and Best Performance at Whistler Film Festival, and the Best Canadian feature film at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie.