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Martin Bureau
Running Time:6:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
10:15 PM EST
Friday, November 9
Station Main

DOP: Émile Bureau & Martin Bureau
Editing: Émile & Martin Bureau
Music: Érick d’Orion
Sound: Olivier Calvert

Huge bonfires are lit by Protestants in Northern Ireland on July 12 each year, as part of the celebrations of the 1690 Battle of the Boyne. They are made from wooden pallets, tires, and garbage. To the Protestants, they are symbols of identity affirmation; to the Catholics, they mean arrogance and humiliation.

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Martin Bureau lives and works in Quebec City. He is interested in the dynamics of the power systems facing their limits. These questions unfold through an interdisciplinary practice, between painting, video installation and documentary cinema.

Her work has been exhibited at the Manif d’art 7 in Quebec, at the Biennial of video and new media in Santiago, Chile, at Gallery 3 in Quebec City, and many times at Galerie Lacerte in Quebec City and Montreal. still at the Nicolas Metivier Gallery in Toronto. His paintings are present in many public and private collections, including the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, the cities of Montreal and Quebec, the National Assembly of Quebec, Caisses populaires Desjardins or Loto-Quebec.


“Martin Bureau lives and works Québec City, Canada.
Both a painter and filmmaker, Martin Bureau has presented his works at many events and gatherings around the world. Among them, the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, the Chicago International Film Festival, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Québec City or the VIII Bienal de video y nuevos medios in Santiago, Chile.
While his works are prized by collectors, they also enrich the collections of many public and private institutions in Québec Province.
His work in painting and film continues to express aesthetic and social subjects while looking to provide a lasting testament of the present era and its stakes.

In 2009, he co-directed the documentary Une tent sur Mars, which was nominated for the Jutra Awards and the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois for the documentary of the year.

In 2014, he completed a first short film on the issue of state separation walls, They did not ask anyone, premiered at the Raindance Films Festival in London. In 2015, he also directed a short film about the crazy world of demolition derbies, L’Enfer marche au gaz !, produced by the NFB and Spira. Presented as a world premiere at the festival Regard sur le court in Saguenay, he was subsequently selected in twenty events and festivals all over the West, including the Hot Docs in Toronto, Talent tout court in Cannes, the FCVQ in Quebec, Raindance in London or the Chicago International Film Festival. At the Gala Take It Short in 2016, he received three prizes, including best editing and best sound design.

He is currently pursuing his series of paintings and webdocs on state dividing walls, of which Bonfires is the second short film completed.