B: in Québec City, Québec
Catherine Lepage was born in Québec City and studied design at the Cégep de Sainte-Foy. She completed her professional training in illustration at the École supérieure des arts décoratifs in Strasbourg. She worked as an art director for advertising agencies for several years before founding the design studio Ping Pong Ping with her partner, Simon Rivest. The duo have put their unique style and creativity into numerous projects for clients in the cultural sector. A confessed sufferer from anxiety, Lepage has skillfully explored mental-health issues in her illustrated books. She has also created numerous children’s books. Her books have been translated and published all over the world. In 2019, she directed Le mal du siècle (aka The Great Malaise), a short animated film produced by the National film board of Canada. In the 5-minute short, a young woman offers a self-description that presents her life in the most glowing terms—telling us what we want to hear. The visual narrative tells a different story, illustrating with heart-rending power the weight of anxiety carried by this driven overachiever as she strives for happiness. The Great Malaise portrays the thoughts and worries of a person who suffers from anxious unhappiness.
The Great Malaise will have its international premiere in competition at the 70th annual Berlin International Film Festival, which runs February 20 to March 1, 2020. Click here for a link to the Berlin International Film Festival and other February film festivals.
Also see: A trailer for The Great Malaise.
Features & TV Movies:
Kanaval (2014, animation, short)