The Forest Family, a documentary by Laura Rietveld, in cinemas April 8 – Urban Bible

Les Films du 3 Mars and Catbird Productions present The forest family, a feature-length observational documentary directed by Laura Rietveld. The film follows a French-speaking family from Belgium, known for their culinary treasures they collect in the forest and their extraordinary way of life, living near the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. Presented as a world premiere and to open the Vues sur mer festival on March 31st The forest family hits theaters April 8 in Montreal, Quebec and Sherbrooke.

The story in brief…

Gérard Mathar and Catherine Jacob left their family, friends and country to live self-sufficiently in the boreal forest of Gaspésie, Quebec. Will their sons now grow up, will they live the same way of life as their parents, connected to the forest, the land and the sea?

What in this life deserves making all these important sacrifices? What does it really mean to appreciate and live with nature? What can we learn from this inspiring family?

With great poetic sensitivity The forest family explores these questions by discovering the Jacob-Mathar family at a turning point: Côme, Ossyane and Jonas must make their own decisions about their way of life.

Gérard and Catherine then carry out an ambitious plan to keep their sons close to family and the forest: to build a house together with their own hands.


Photo: All rights reserved @ Les Films du 3 Mars

Seen at a cinema near you!

The forest family will be shown in Montreal at Cinéma du Musée, Cinéma Beaubien and Cinéma Public, in Sherbrooke at La Maison du Cinéma, in Quebec at Cinéma Cartier and in Rimouski at Cinéma Lido, beginning Friday, April 8.

From Tuesday 26 April you can also watch the documentary at the Cinéma Paralœil in Rimouski.

Please note that on Saturday April 9th ​​at 2.30 p.m. a film meeting in the presence of the director is planned at the Cinéma du Musée. Make a note of the date in your calendar!

About the filmmaker Laura Rietveld

Laura Rietveld is an emerging documentary writer, director and winner of the Prix du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec – Work of an Emerging Artist in Montreal (2015). Her work combines the themes of identity, family and the connection between humans and nature.

His first documentary Okpik’s dream (2015), won the Grand Prix Rigoberta-Menchú at the Montreal Native Presence Festival, an honorable mention for the Grand Prize at the Innsbruck International Nature Festival in Austria and was nominated for Best Documentary Program at the Canadian Screen Awards.

His first music video Broken Ski’Tuuq, was nominated for Best Music Video at the Native American Music Awards (2018). Laura’s latest documentary, The forest family (2022), required almost seven years of work.

We leave you the trailer to prepare you to plunge into the heart of the Gaspé forest! Visit for production and screening details.

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