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A Delicate Balance

Documentary feature

Film by Christine Chevarie-Lessard

75 minutes

Co-production Avenida and ONF

A Delicate Balance

Some children choose to pursue one of their dreams no matter what the cost. Ten and twelve years old, they enrol in the professional program of the École supérieure de ballet du Québec. Beyond dance, A Delicate Balance burrows into the very heart of childhood, that moment in life when words are still too small to express the enormity of what one feels. The moment in life when play and imagination are still precious tools for facing difficulties.

Filmed over several months, the documentary records the entry of these young people into this closed universe and the moment when their dream of becoming ballet dancers faces the reality of the training necessary to get there. A Delicate Balance shows us these young people as they learn to walk that fine line of ambition that can trip you up at any time.

Script and direction : Christine Chevarie-Lessard

Principal participants : Shô Araki, Camille Charbonneau, Lola Lafrance-Oliveras, Emma Monnier

Director of photography : François Vincelette

Sound design : François Gamache

Sound design : Catherine Van Der Donckt

Editing : Vincent Guignard

Original music : Jérôme Minière

Producers : Chantal Lafleur (Avenida), Nathalie Cloutier (ONF), Geneviève Thibert (Avenida)

Executive producer :  Colette Loumède (ONF)

Associate producer : Mélanie Lasnier

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Awards

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Nominations

Prix-geneaux-2018

Festivals

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Rendez-vous-Qc-Cinema
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Festival-Brooklyn
Cinekid
ChicagoChildren'sFestival
Cinedans

2018

Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)
Women Inmates Award

 

2018

Gemini Awards
Best documentary program or series : arts and culture

 

2018

Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)
Official selection

2019

Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma
Official selection

Festival Cinéma du Monde de Sherbrooke
Official selection

Brooklyn Film Festival
Official selection

CINEKIDS Screening Club
Official selection

Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

Official selection 

2020

Cinedans Fest
Official selection