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Fernand-Philippe Morin-Vargasphoto: Samuel de Chavigny

Fernand-Philippe Morin-Vargas

Hometown: Ham-Nord, Quebec
Age: 26

After graduating from high school, Fernand-Philippe Morin-Vargas took a break from his studies to travel around the United States, Europe and Canada, before enrolling in modern langauges at the college level. With diploma in hand, the Quebec native toured Central America and North Africa. In 2008 he moved to Montreal to study film at the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM). His final project, Noeud papillon, has been screened at over twenty film festivals.

Name three of your interests (not film-related) and one pet peeve. 

Playing softball, reading and travelling. I can't think of a pet peeve.

What is your favourite movie?

I have many favourites but if I had to choose one it would be Barry Lyndon by Stanley Kubrick for its story, the visual, the music and the emotion.

When did you make your first film?

My first film was a short documentary about a hashish producer in Morocco that I directed in 2008 and used as my entrance piece to UQAM. 

Sum up your film, Noeud papillon, in a 5-word sentence. 

Parents, listen to your kids.

What's your motto as a filmmaker?

Integrity.

What's your dream film project?

I'd like to write and direct a political satire.

You travelled around the world for two years after you finished high school. What's your favourite city in the world, and why?

Amsterdam for its architecture, canals, parks, cycling paths, bicycle culture and for the people you meet.

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