LE CLUB VINLAND
by Benoît Pilon
2021 | 125 min
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
November 2, 2021
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
In-person or Skype Q+A with filmmaker Benoît Pilon
Historical Drama | Canada (Québec) | French (English subtitles)
Cast: Sébastien Ricard, Rémy Girard, Émile Bibeau, François Papineau, Fabien Cloutier, Guy Thauvette, Xavier Huard, Arnaud Vachon
The Vinland Club is the story of an exceptional educator in a boys’ college, in the late 1940s. Adored by his students but perceived as too progressive by the superiors of his congregation, the charismatic Brother Jean proves to be an advocate of the changes to come in the 50s and 60s. Wanting all at once to solve a historical enigma, to motivate his pupils and to prevent Emile, a struggling student, from dropping out, Brother Jean leads his students on an archaeological excavation aimed at proving the establishment of an ancient Viking colony on the coast of the St. Lawrence river. The journey will turn the life of the college upside down and leave its mark on the destinies of young Emile and on Brother Jean himself.
Best Actor, Quebec Cinema Awards (2021)
Beijing International Film Festival (2020)
São Paulo International Film Festival (2020)
Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film (2020)
A very beautiful story about childhood, friendship, the need to grow up and learn new things.
— Le Petit Septième (translated from French)
Le Club Vinland: beautiful and inspiring (…)
Even though its story is set during the “Great Darkness”, there is something bright about The Vinland Club. Director Benoît Pilon’s new film conveys a message of hope that is good in these difficult times.
— Le Journal de Montréal (translated from French)
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The characters are endearing and I really enjoyed the way the plot evolved from beginning to end. A must see in 2021!
— EdMovie Guide