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The Vinland Club


Feature film by Benoit Pilon
O. V. French
125 minutes

The Vinland Club

Vinland is the story of an exceptional teacher in a boys’ college in eastern Quebec in the late 1940s. Adored by his students, but regarded as too disturbing by the superiors of his congregation, the charismatic Brother Jean is a progressive harbinger of the changes that were to come in Quebec in the 1950s and 1960s. Wanting to at once solve a historical enigma, motivate his students and prevent the dropout of Émile, a student in difficulty, Brother Jean undertakes to lead archaeological excavations aimed at proving the establishment of a Viking colony (Vinland) on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. The venture turns school life upside down and leaves its mark on the fates of young Émile – and Brother Jean himself.

Script & dialogue : Normand Bergeron, Marc Robitaille & Benoit Pilon

Director : Benoit Pilon

Cast : Sébastien Ricard, Arnaud Vachon, Rémy Girard, François Papineau, Émilie Bibeau, Fabien Cloutier, Guy Thauvette

Director of photography :
François Gamache

Artistic direction :
Patrice Bengle et Louise Tremblay

Costumes :
Francesca Chamberland

Sound Design :
Olivier Calvert

Editing : Richard Comeau

Original Music :
Pierre Lapointe et Guido Del Fabbro

Producer : Chantal Lafleur

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2021 – Gala Québec Cinéma (Iris)

Best production design : Patrice Bengle & Louise Tremblay

Best Costume Design : Francesca Chamberland

Best actor | Leading Role : Sébastien Ricard


2021 – Gala Québec Cinéma (Iris)

Public award

Achievement in hair : André Duval

Achievement in cinematography : François Gamache

Achievement in music – Original score :  Pierre Lapointe et Guido Del Fabbro

Achievement in casting : Pierre Pageau et Daniel Poisson

Revelation of the year : Arnaud Vachon

Best actor | supporting role :  Rémy Girard

Original Screenplay :  Normand Bergeron, Marc Robitaille et Benoît Pilon

Best director :  Benoît Pilon

Best motion picture  :  Productions Avenida, Chantal Lafleur



10th Beijing international film festival – China

44th Mostra internacional de Cinema de Sao Paulo – Brazil

39e Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue – Canada


Focus on French Cinema – USA

Festival du film canadien de Dieppe – France

Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival – South Korea

Berkshire International Film Festival – USA

33rd Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival  – Canada

22e Festival du Film de l’Outaouais – Canada


Festival Vues du Québec – France

Mois de la Francophonie – Quebec Cine – World

Richmond French Film Festival -USA


Canada Film Day – Mali, Sweden, Montenegro, Tunisia