Professor and writer Virginie Francoeur, daughter of poet-rocker Lucien Francoeur, will explore the many facets of her father in a documentary that will be shot this fall in California.
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Virginie Francoeur is also a poet, novelist and essayist.
For this feature film, which recently received production funding from SODEC, Virginie and Lucien Francoeur will undertake a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, on the mythical route 101. The objective of this journey: to allow Lucien Francoeur to reconnect with his myths of creation.
“My father wrote about thirty books and his poetry was greatly influenced by Americanism,” explains Virginie Francoeur in an interview.
“He ran away when he was young and went to Summer of Love in San Francisco. He was influenced by Jim Morrison, the lizard king, and Jack Kerouac… He always talks to me about his On the Road, which he never managed to write. Maybe California will give him the taste to dive back into writing… I also want to take advantage of this father-daughter journey to dare to ask questions that have remained somewhat unanswered, before it’s too late. »
Urgency to tell
For this first film experience, Virginie Francoeur will be able to rely on the expertise of Robbie Hart, a director specializing in rock documentaries. It was producers Yves Bisaillon and Christian Medawar who approached her to co-direct the feature film with Hart.
“They had wanted to make a film about my father for a long time,” says the writer who earns her living as a professor of change management at Polytechnique.
“But when I embarked on the project, we changed the angle of the documentary. It became Lucien through the eyes of his daughter. We are going to go beyond a simple biography on my father.”
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Virginie Francoeur says she has always had a close relationship with her father.
Virginie Francoeur says she has always had a close relationship with her father, nourished by their common love for poetry. She also grew up in a family of writers since her mother, Claudine Bertrand, is also a poet.
“My parents had me at 39,” she says. At first, Lucien didn’t want to be a father, but he finally changed his mind and became a father hen. I’m his only child and I really influenced the course of his life. He is a multi-faceted man who has had many hats. But he is also hypersensitive under a rocker shell.
“Today he lives a little more reclusive, but he is still battling his inner demons. My father is my best friend, my mentor. I don’t want to lose him, but at the same time, I know he’s not immortal. This is why the film imposes itself as an urgency to tell. It really is a last call.”
- The documentary will be released in theaters in 2024.