Samuel LeBlanc, Daphnée McIntyre, Clémence Langlois
Young transgender musician Samuel Leblanc embarks on a journey across Acadia, on a quest for identity that is as personal as it is cultural. Coming from a small village, he already feels marginalized by his origins, a feeling matched in his present community due to his queer identity. So he's going to meet other inspiring people who have managed to live their lives affirming who they are, while continuing to celebrate their Acadian culture. And it's the music of Angèle Arsenault that will weave these encounters together, as the singer's work is celebrated in a series of colourful musical moments!
Y'A UNE ÉTOILE is a rare hybrid between documentary and musical, breaking completely out of the traditional framework of portrait documentaries. It journeys through the magnificent landscapes and small villages of Acadia, meeting people from the LGBTQ2S+ community who celebrate difference and acceptance of themselves and others. People who have fascinating stories to tell about their process of coming out, and who are as proud of their queer identity as they are of their Acadian heritage.
Director Julien Cadieux breaks away from the traditional talking-head format to focus on human interaction. And it's all done in the most playful way, with some real cinematic moments when Angèle Arsenault's songs arrive. The people who appear in the documentary are invited to participate, literally lending their voices to the iconic Acadian singer. In the words of the director, Arsenault’s art represents “courage in the face of adversity and the desire for freedom.” Y'A UNE ÉTOILE offers a tonic for the soul — a true ray of sunshine, and a big dose of hope and happiness. – Translation: Rupert Bottenberg
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