The Great Malaise

Le Mal du siècle

Short Forum | True North

An initially favourable self-portrait slowly reveals the burden of anxiety carried by a competitive overachiever striving for happiness.

Screens in program VIFF Short Forum: Programme 3

Director Icon Director
Catherine Lepage
Executive Producer Julie Roy
Producer Marc Bertrand
Screenwriter Catherine Lepage
Animation Catherine Lepage
Editor Sophie Leblond
Production Company National Film Board of Canada
Source National Film Board of Canada
Canada 2019 6 min. English Trailer


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Lepage, Catherine headshot


Catherine Lepage studied design at the Cégep de Sainte-Foy, then completed her professional training in illustration at the École supérieure des arts décoratifs in Strasbourg. A confessed sufferer from anxiety, Lepage has skilfully explored mental-health issues in her books 12 mois sans intérêt, Fines tranches d’angoisse (Thin Slices of Anxiety), and Zoothérapie. She has also created numerous children’s books, including Marivière, her most recent. Her books have been translated and published all over the world.