OTTAWA, Feb. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, I am thrilled
to be the host for this Movie Night, which is presenting the excellent
and very moving film Gabrielle. These evenings allow us to fully appreciate the talents of the artists
in our audiovisual industry. I would especially like to thank Telefilm
Canada for organizing this evening's event.
Directed by Louise Archambault and produced by Kim McCraw and Luc Déry,
who also gave us Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar, the film Gabrielle received the audience award in Locarno, Switzerland, as well as
recognition at a number of other festivals.
I am consistently impressed by the talents of our actors. This time, it
is Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Alexandre Landry and Mélissa
Désormeaux-Poulin who make us experience a wide range of emotions,
while the young singers from Les Muses performing arts school are true
examples of courage and perseverance.
I am very proud of our filmmakers and pleased with the support that our
Government provides to them. Each year, we invest over $600 million in
our audiovisual sector through Telefilm Canada, the National Film
Board, the Canada Council for the Arts and tax credits.
I am also thrilled that, just yesterday, our Government signed an
audiovisual coproduction treaty with the Republic of India to enable
Canadian and Indian producers to carry out audiovisual coproduction
projects. It is the first treaty to be finalized since Canada's Policy
on Audiovisual Treaty Coproduction was implemented in March 2013. This
policy, which is geared to the changing audiovisual production
environment, will help Canada position itself as an ideal partner for
Our Government is proud to contribute to the vitality of this industry.
I hope that everyone enjoys this evening and leaves with a desire to
continue exploring the world of Canadian cinema.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
For more information (media only), contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages