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Uncle Bernard: A Counter-Lesson in Economics - Distribution



Cinema Politica is proud to be the Canadian distributor (except Quebec) of Richard Brouillette's award-winning UNCLE BERNARD: A COUNTER-LESSON IN ECONOMICS. Below you can read the film's synopsis, learn about the fllmmaker, and importantly—book this insightful documentary for a screening in your community or at your festival/institution today! 


Director: Richard Brouillette
Running time: 79 minutes
Languages: French, with English subtitles
Release: 2015

Economist Bernard Maris, a.k.a. "Uncle Bernard", was killed during the Charlie Hebdo shooting, on January 7, 2015. This fascinating interview with him was filmed in March 2000 as part of the documentary Encirclement – Neo-Liberalism Ensnares Democracy. Frank and unvarnished, this is a true "counter lesson in economics" in which the director gives centre stage to Maris' vibrant, incisive, and mischievous words of dissent. Maris strikes at leisure, unleashing hard-hitting truths that challenge the dogmas that are incessantly rehashed by the vibrant choir enslaved to the "science" of Economics. With his wit, eloquence, and erudition, and his prodigious capacity to distill complex issues and make the most arduous subject matters exciting, "Uncle Bernard" unveils his courageously original ideas over the course of the interview – ideas that are all the more precious in this era of intellectual resignation and economic austerity.

To learn more, visit the official website of the film.


“A fascinating one-on-one conversation with the late Bernard Maris, economist and columnist at Charlie Hebdo. More than a tribute, an expression of his intelligence and humor."
- Alexandre Prouvèze, Time Out

“A long static shot has never been so exhilerating."
- Mathias Averty, Première

“A passionate deciphering of economics. […] A skillful crafted tribute."
- Cécile Rousseau, L'humanité


Richard Brouillette is a film producer, director, editor and programmer. Starting as a film critic for the Montréal weekly, Voir, he then worked for Québec's top independent distribution company, Cinéma Libre (1989-1999), which has since folded. In 1993, he founded the artist-run center La Casa Obscura, a multi-disciplinary exhibition space, where he still runs a weekly cine-club called Les projections libérantes, for which he is also the projectionist. He produced and directed Too Much Is Enough (doc., 111 min., 1995) for which he has won the prestigious M. Joan Chalmers Award (Best Canadian Documentary), in 1996; Carpe diem (essay, 5 min., 1995), and Encirclement – Neo-Liberalism Ensnares Democracy (doc., 160 min., 2008), for which he won six awards including the prestigious Robert and Frances Flaherty Grand Prize of the 2009 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and Grand Prize La Poste Suisse of the 2009 Visions du réel festival. More recently, he produced and directed Prends garde à la douceur des choses (essay, 2 min., 2014) and Uncle Bernard – A Counter-Lesson in Economics (doc., 79 min., 2015), which won the La Vague Award for Best Documentary of the 2015 FICFA. He also took part in the collective film St-Henri, the 26th of August (doc., 87 min, 2011). He has also produced six feature length films and has acted as a consulting producer on a number of documentary projects, including Les mers amères, by Félix Lamarche. Richard Brouillette has always been very active in Québec’s independent film community, participating in militant actions and devoting himself to the cause of artist-run centers. Since 1993, he has also sat on the Boards of various organizations, including Main Film (2002-2015). He is currently part of the Boards of Cinema Politica, and l’Amicale de la culture indépendante, the co-op that manages Casa Obscura.


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To book UNCLE BERNARD for a film festival, a grassroots screening or a community event, simply follow this link to our online booking form, or scroll to the bottom of this page where you'll find the form. We'll get back to you in a jiffy.


Rotterdam, Netherlands
- January 27 - February 7, 2016,
International Film Festival Rotterdam

Sofia, Bulgaria
- March 10 - 20, 2016,
Sofia International Film Festival

Tübingen-Stuttgart, Germany
- November 4 - 11, 2015,
Französische Filmtage

Brussels, Belgium
- November 5 - 10, 2015,
Filmer à tout prix

Copenhagen, Denmark
- November 5 - 15, 2015,

Montréal, Québec
- November 12 - 22, 2015,
Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal - RIDM

Moncton, New Brunswick
- November 12 - 20, 2015,
Festival international de cinéma francophone en Acadie - FICFA

Florence, Italy
- November 27 - December 4, 2015,
Festival Dei popoli

Vienna, Austria
- October 22 - November 5, 2015,

Marseille, France
- June 30 - July 6, 2015,
FID Marseille (World Premiere)


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