The MNBAQ in association with the Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec (FCVQ) is presenting the Quebec première of the exhibition Paul Goes to the Museum. Based on the popular graphic novel by Michel Rabagliati, the feature film Paul à Québec, one of this fall’s most eagerly anticipated releases, will open the 2015 edition of the FCVQ on September 17.
The exhibition, produced in collaboration with the publisher Les Éditions de La Pastèque, brings together almost 100 album pages and drawings by the author of the Paul series, sketches by the illustrator Cyril Doisneau made during the film’s shooting, and a number of other items never shown before. This selection of original works by two masters of the ninth art is sure to delight hosts of visitors!
A Short Biography of Michel Rabagliati
Born in Montreal in 1961, Michel Rabagliati grew up in the neighbourhood of Rosemont. After an early interest in typography he studied graphic design. In 1981 he began working as a freelancer, concentrating from 1988 on commercial illustration. Since 1998 Michel Rabagliati’s seven graphic novels have revolutionized the world of Quebec comic art, making him one of its leading lights. In 2007 he received a special mention from the Prix des libraires du Québec for his work as a whole, and in 2010, at the 37th international comic art festival in Angoulême, France, he became the first comic artist from Quebec to win the FNAC-SNCF Audience Award (for Paul à Québec). The title of Michel Rabagliati’s next opus is Paul dans le Nord.
The Song of Roland: The Graphic Novel
In this instalment, Paul buys his first house and experiences the death of a loved one. Travelling from the Montreal neighbourhood of Ahuntsic to Saint-Nicolas, near Quebec City – with the obligatory stop at Le Madrid! – this deeply touching account takes readers into the heart of its protagonist’s family and testifies yet again to Michel Rabagliati’s consummate skill as a portrayer of life. Rising to the top of bestseller lists as soon as it appeared, Paul à Québec [The Song of Roland] has become one of Michel Rabagliati’s most popular albums, confirming his position as an icon of Quebec comic art.
Paul à Québec: The Film
Paul à Québec is a family drama full of humour and tenderness that captures both the joy and the hardship of human existence. In the company of Paul and his in-laws, the Beaulieus, audiences witness the declining health of the patriarch Roland. But despite the inevitable goodbye, the film is an ode to life, and to the beauty of those everyday occurrences that remind us to savour every moment.
- Director: François Bouvier
- Writers: François Bouvier and Michel Rabagliati.
- Cast : Gilbert Sicotte, François Létourneau, Julie Le Breton, Louise Portal, Julien Poulin, Brigitte Lafleur, Myriam Leblanc and Mathieu Quesnel.