The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director
The Kid Brother
Caitlin Clarke, Kenny Easterday, Liane Curtis
Canada, United States, Japan
Kenny, 13, lives with his family in a working- class district of Pittsburgh. He suffers from agenesis from birth, and his pelvis and legs had to be amputated. Nevertheless, he leads a normal life and moves nimbly on his hands. His life and that of his family are upset when a television crew comes to film him and his close relations.
Trailer in french version. The movie will be presented in the original version with french subtitles.
Berlin International Film Festival - 1988
C.I.F.E.J. Award - Claude Gagnon
Montréal World Film Festival - 1987
Grand Prix des Amériques
Paris Film Festival - 1988
Special Jury Prize
Claude Gagnon (born 1949 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec) is a Canadian film director, screenwriter, and producer, who frequently works in both Canada and Japan. His most noted films include Keiko (1979), Kenny *(1988), *The Pianist (1991), Kamataki (2005) and Karakara (2012). He won the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award in 1979 for Keiko. (Wikipedia)
Kenny, a landmark meeting for filmmaker Claude Gagnon
The news this week of the death of Kenny Easterday brought back to the memory of Quebec filmmaker Claude Gagnon a meeting that changed his life. However, this meeting between the director and the young disabled boy could not have taken place. When the producers contacted Claude Gagnon to offer him to shoot the film on Kenny Easterday, he hesitated ...
I was afraid to fall into sensationalism. I didn't want to be the child of the circus, nor a film to make everyone cry. I understood that what was important was to reproduce the real conditions of existence of the Easterday.
Claude Gagnon (1987)
Documentaire sur la vie d'adulte de Kenny Easterday