Le Club Vinland


125 minutes – Drama
Language: French
Festival release date: August 2020 (Beijing International Film Festival)
Release date: April 2, 2021 (Montréal)
Production company: Productions Avenida
Canadian distributor: Les Films Opale

Set in a boarding school for boys in Charlevoix, Québec, it is Christmas 1948. Frère Jean (Sébastien Ricard) is very popular with his young students but not so much with his superiors. With his students, Frère Jean launches a play that explores the hypothesis that Canada was first visited by Vikings in 1000 AD not discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1534. Warned that his ideas run contrary to the official version approved by the Catholic Church, Frère Jean continues to push his theory, convinced that the mythical Vinland, as described by Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson would be located on the Charlevoix coast. He enlists his students, creating Le Club Vinland (The Vinland Club) in a project to locate archaeological evidence of the ancient Norse settlement.

Originally slated for release on April 17, 2020, it had its world premiere at the Beijing International Film Festival in August 2020, before having its North American premiere at the Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival on October 31, 2020. Sébastien Ricard was given the Best Actor award at the 22nd Quebec Cinema Awards on June 6, 2021.

Le Club Vinland, movie, poster,



Chantal Lafleur


Benoit Pilon


Benoit Pilon
Normand Bergeron
Marc Robitaille


François Gamache


Richard Comeau


Guido Del Fabbro
Pierre Lapointe

Production Designer:

Patrice Bengle

Art Director:

Louise Tremblay

Costume Designer:

Francesca Chamberland

Cast: Roles:

Sébastien Ricard
Rémy Girard
François Papineau
Fabien Cloutier
Arnaud Vachon
Xavier Huard
Émilie Bibeau
Guy Thauvette
Alexandre Perreault
Alexis Guay
Xavier Rivard-Désy
Guy Sprung
Jacques Allard
Michel Laperrière
Émile Schneider
Léo Bergeron
Émile Tremblay
Edouard Roy-Frenette

Frère Jean
Frère Léon
Frère Cyprien
Frère Lucien
Émile Lacombe
Frère Mathieu
Frère Rosea
Jérôme Dubé
Pr. Thompson
Pr. Dubois
Jeune professeur
Viking 1
Viking 2
Viking 3