Dédé, à travers les brumes

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139 minutes – Musical drama, Biography
Language: French, English subtitles
Release date: March 13, 2009 (Québec)
Production companies: Max Films, Zone 3
Canadian distributor: TVA Films

It has been almost a decade since the driving force behind one of the most popular bands in Québec took his life in May of 2000. The band was Les Colocs, and André “Dédé” Fortin was the composer and lead singer for the band, which he pulled together in 1990. It could be said that the songs that made the band famous were songs of the people. The lyrics emphasized humanity, simplicity and social conscience, especially when it came to poverty. Fortin and others in the band were passionate sovereignists. The defeat of the “Yes” side in the 1995 Quebec referendum may have provided the trigger that sent the charismatic band leader into a downward spiral, but in this movie Fortin’s life plays out through his music. It is primarily set in St-Etienne-de-Bolton, Québec, where the band had retreated to work on what would become their final album. For almost a year, Fortin wrote the songs while he personally slipped out of control enjoying sublime moments of creation to periods of deep anguish. Originally released only in French, a new version with English subtitles was rushed into production to satisfy Fortin’s legion of non-Francophone fans in Québec.

Also see: Inside Quebec – April 2009

Dédé, movie, poster

Crew:

Producer:

Roger Frappier
Luc Vandal

Executive Producer:

Michel Bissonnette
André Larin
Vincent Leduc

Director:

Jean-Philippe Duval

Screenwriter:

Jean-Philippe Duval

Cinematographer:

Jean-Pierre Trudel

Editor:

Alain Baril

Composer:

François Arbour

Art Director:

David Pelletier

Costume Designer:

Judy Jonker

Cast: Roles:

Sébastien Ricard
Joseph Mesiano
Dimitri Storoge
Bénédicte Décary
David Quertigniez
Claudia Ferri
Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin
Louis Saïa
Jonathan Charbonneau
Yan Rompré
Isabelle Brouillette
Pierre-Yves Cardinal
Mathieu Handfield
Alexandre L’Heureux
Marie-Laurence Moreau
Luc Senay
El Hadji
Karim Diouf

André ‘Dédé’ Fortin
Mike
Pat
Nicole
Vander
Cha Cha
Sophie
Raymond, Dédé`s agent
Jimmy Bourgoing
Serge
Lise

Éric
Normando
Sélanie

Himself
Himself