As part of the 2021 Great Northern Festival, we’re featuring a free documentary screening and a Q&A with the film’s creator, covering topics from globalization and climate change to poetry and maple syrup.
Still from Le Goût d’un Pays
Watch the film
Le Goût d’un Pays (The Essence of a Country), a documentary featuring two Quebecois poets who meet to make maple-syrup, is available to watch now through February 7, 2021.
Submit your questions
Have questions about the film? Your responses to this short survey will shape our a conversation with the film’s creator on February 2nd.
Join our Q&A
Finally, mark your calendars for an online Q/A on February 2 at 8 pm Central with director Francis Legault and chef Lesley Chesterman moderated by Christina Selander Bouzouina.
Christina Selander Bouzouina, Moderator
Christina Selander Bouzouina was born in Minneapolis and is a dual citizen of France and the United States. After living in London and Montpellier, she spent nine years in Marseille, working as an English teacher and program coordinator in schools, universities and private institutions. Upon returning to Minnesota, she joined Alliance Française Minneapolis/St Paul and became Executive Director in 2008. In 2014, Christina was appointed Honorary Consul of France to Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, and in 2015, she was named Chevalier in the Order of Academic Palms by the French government for her contributions to French culture abroad.
Lesley Chesterman, Chef and Journalist
Lesley Chesterman is a Montreal-based journalist and restaurant critic who has been covering the local and international food scene for years. Leslie attended the Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Québec before working as a professional pastry chef and cooking teacher in Montreal and France. In 1998, she began her career as a food writer, primarily at the Montreal Gazette as a food columnist and restaurant critic for over 20 years. Her work has also appeared in Gourmet Magazine, The Art of Eating, Saveur, Nuvo, Food Arts, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Fool Magazine, the New York Post and Eater.com. She has also written several books, including her latest, Chez Lesley published this past October by Les Éditions Cardinal. Lesley also participates in two weekly radio shows and, in 2018, contributed and hosted the production of the documentary, “100 Ans à Table” focused on the history of Quebec cuisine. In 2018 and 2019 she also appeared as a guest judge on Food Network Canada’s Iron Chef.
Francis Legault, Director of Le Gout D’un Pays
Francis Legault was born in Montreal. He directed radio series for Première Chaine of Radio-Canada, such as Pendant que . . . Gilles Vigneault (2005), Barbaba en noir et blanc (2012), and Robert Charlebois, Par-delà Lindberg. This nine-episode series focused on the infamous child of the Québécois song, and was broadcast in Canada, France, Switzerland, and Belgium. It received the Judith-Jasmin Award in 2015. He has been the designer and director for 11 years of the show, “L’autre midi à la table d’à coté.” He also directed the series C’est le plus beau jour de ma vie (2016) hosted by Marc Labrèche and Anne Dorval. For television, he directed the series Les pieds dans les plats and À la di Stasio for which he received two Gemini awards for Best Direction. He also directed the second season of the series Les 5 Prochains (2015), the documentaries Totem Stories (2011) for Cirque du Soleil, Les belles soeurs toujours aussi varies (2011), and Je vous salue Pinard (2015) – for which he was nominated for a Judith-Jasmin Award in 2016.
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