For the love of Canadian cinema—you’re invited to a free screening of Tit-Coq as part of Canada on Screen

Canada on Screen 

Share the magic of film with us at a free screening of Tit-Coq on February 27, 2017, in the Library and Archives Canada auditorium. Join our retro-style event that includes a few tributes to a Quebec film classic. This film event is the first of four screenings that we are proud to host as part of our collaboration with TIFF's Canada on Screen program.

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Screening details

Canada 150
  • Event begins at 6:00 p.m.
  • Library and Archives Canada auditorium, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
  • Pre-screening panel discussion with film archivist, Caroline Forcier-Holloway, and Gratien Gélinas' granddaughter, author Anne-Marie Sicotte
  • The 35mm film is in French with English sub-titles

Download the event poster (PDF 14 MB)

Canada on Screen

Canada on Screen

Canada on Screen

In recognition of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canada on Screen showcases moving image works that have shaped Canadian culture, identity and heritage. The program is a co-production of TIFF, Library and Archives Canada, the Cinémathèque Québécoise, and The Cinematheque in Vancouver, and is made possible by TIFF's presenting partners, the Government of Canada, RBC, and the Government of Ontario.

Tit-Coq

A beloved classic of Québécois cinema, actor-writer-director Gratien Gélinas' drama is about a war veteran's bittersweet homecoming. The film is based on Gélinas' play of the same name, which was written in 1948. Presented in French and English in Canada and the United States, Tit-Coq was performed 542 times by 1951. The following year, Gélinas adapted the play to the screen, and it premiered on February 20, 1953, at the Théâtre St-Denis in Montréal and won Film of the Year at the Canadian Film Awards the same year.

Gratien Gélinas (1909–1999) is considered one of the founders of modern Canadian theatre and film—having worked as a playwright, director, actor, filmmaker, and administrator of cultural organizations. His portrayals of the common man, such as Fridolin and Tit-Coq, paved the way for Quebec's leading scenarists. Gratien Gélinas' oeuvre has undeniably been etched into the cultural history of Canada.

Did you know?

Library and Archives Canada has over half a million hours of audiovisual recordings. Discover the thousands of Canadian films, videos and sound recordings in our collection and check out our YouTube video.

Please view the video discussing the restoration process of the film Tit-Coq. The video is bilingual and was produced in 2000.

Restoration process of the film Tit-Coq

 
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