Telefilm Canada provides $6 million in funding to support the production of eight new feature films in French
MONTREAL, May 31, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada is backing the production of eight new feature films in French through the Canada Feature Film Fund. This is the second selection for fiscal 2012-2013. Telefilm is investing some $6 million for this second round out of a total of over $15 million invested for 2012-2013.
"This diverse selection spotlights Canadian talent that promises to make a name for themselves by their success on the national and international scene," said Michel Pradier, Telefilm's Director of Project Financing.
According to Marie-France Godbout, National Director, Feature Films - French Market, "Audiences are sure to be pleased since these films run the gauntlet of every emotion, from laughter to tears. Telefilm applauds the creativity of the teams that have brought us great stories with fascinating characters and well-constructed plots."
Director and screenwriter: Mathieu Roy
Production: Max Films
Distribution: TVA Films
Two brothers have very different experiences of their father Henri's decline into Alzheimer's. Éric is there every day and harbours a silent rage against his brother Gabriel, who is away on endless journeys as a reporter. In Afghanistan, Gabriel sees death up close, while Éric struggles to look after their father. The brothers will try to bring serenity to Henri's last moments. L'autre maison is documentary filmmaker Mathieu Roy's first fictional feature. A French co-production starring Michel Bouquet.
Le Coq de St-Victor (animated film)
Director: Pierre Greco
Screenwriter: Johanne Mercier and Pierre Greco
Production: Productions 10e Ave
Distribution: Équinoxe Films
The mayor of St-Victor is proud of his fellow citizens. He is certain that their good fortune is related to his rooster that wakes them every day at 4:00 am. But some people have had enough and decide to get rid of the rooster. Things start to go badly in the town and soon a rescue squad is formed to retrieve the rooster from a neighbouring village that is suddenly booming. This regional animated film is full of humour and comic situations that will surely delight kids!
Deux nuits/Two Nights
Director and screenwriter: Denys Arcand
Distribution: Alliance Vivafilm
A much-anticipated intimist film by the great filmmaker Denys Arcand. Luc, a brilliant, young architect, leads a peaceful life in Malbaie. Lovely home, beautiful wife, dinner with friends, golf, tennis, hunting…the perfect life, apparently! Called to jury duty, he ends up in Toronto where he meets Lindsay, an intriguing Anglophone with whom he shares two nights.
Director and screenwriter: Sébastien Pilote
Production: Corporation ACPAV
Distribution: Les Films Séville
The director of the international hit Le Vendeur (The Salesman) is back with a devastating topic. Gaby raises sheep on Bourchard and Sons Farm. But he has no sons, only two daughters he has raised like princesses. One day, the older daughter asks him for help so she won't lose her home. Foolish, doting father that he is, Gaby sells his house, his herd and his land and goes to live in a little apartment in a nearby town. Starring Gabriel Arcand.
Director and screenwriter: Marc-André Lavoie
Production: Orange Médias
Distribution: Les Films Séville
The co-director of Bluff and director of Y'en aura pas d'facile (Tough Luck) offers us the story of Paul, who discovers that his partners at Saucibec are plotting to get rid of him. He decides to sabotage the company by putting a tooth in a meat machine. But to his surprise, it is another partner who is kicked out. Unfortunately the package of sausages containing the tooth was bought by a couple with money problems who intend to make the most of the situation. Paul tries to save the company, but every decision takes things from bad to worse. Starring Rémy Girard and Éric Salvail in his feature film role.
La Maison du pêcheur
Director: Alain Chartrand
Screenwriter: Jacques Bérubé
Production: Les Productions Vic Pelletier
Distribution: Les Films Christal
Rewind to the summer of '69. Bernard, 19, has come to Percé looking for a job. He meets separatists who have gone there to open a restaurant, La Maison du pêcheur, to welcome and politicize the youth. Alain Chartrand is the director behind Ding et Dong : le film and Chartrand et Simonne. A regional production starring, amongst others, Luc Picard and Kevin Parent.
Director: Daniel Grou (Podz)
Screenwriter: Gabriel Sabourin
Production: Item 7
Distribution: Alliance Vivafilm
A compelling story from the director of Minuit le soir and 10 et demi. Sometimes, we're just waiting for a miracle. A nurse who is a Jehovah's Witness, grows fond of the miracle survivor of a plane crash. Two sexagenarians, a bartender and a parking lot attendant want to explore their forbidden passions. A conservative, well-off couple drown their disappointments in booze and gambling. And a man does his utmost to make amends for an irredeemable action, bringing us to a plane bound for Cuba. An ensemble film where every character affects the lives of others.
Vic & Flo ont vu un ours
Director and screenwriter: Denis Côté
Production: La maison de prod
Distribution: Funfilm Distribution
The filmmaker behind Bestiaire (Bestiary), selected for the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, examines the fate of two women. Victoria is out on parole. Florence has served her sentence and found the woman she shared a cell with for so long. Cloistered in a sugar shack, they learn to live again. A parole officer oversees the reintegration of these women who are increasingly strange and hounded by their past, endangering their freedom. Starring Pierrette Robitaille.
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