Telefilm Canada Salutes Canadian Contingent at Cannes - Six Canadian productions selected for world-famous film event



    MONTREAL, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada proudly salutes the
presence of Canadian cinema at Cannes this year. The spotlight will be on no
less than six Canadian productions, including four in the prestigious
Directors' Fortnight: Amreeka by Cherien Dabis, Carcasses by Denis Côté, J'ai
tué ma mère by Xavier Dolan and Polytechnique by Denis Villeneuve.
    Along with these four features, Canada will be represented by The
Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, a UK-Canada co-production directed by Terry
Gilliam, chosen for the Official Selection, Out of Competition section, of the
62nd annual Cannes Festival, taking place May 13-24, 2009. In addition, the
animated short Runaway, by Cordell Barker, has been selected for the
International Critics' Week.
    "Canadian cinema continues to stand out for its quality and excellence.
The fact that four Canadian productions have been selected for the Directors'
Fortnight testifies to the ongoing vigour of Canada's filmmaking talent, and
we are very proud," said Michel Roy, Chair of the Telefilm Canada Board.

    Official Selection - Out of Competition
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    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (UK/Canada), directed by Terry
Gilliam; production Poo Poo Pictures Productions ( UK), Parnassus Productions
(Canada); world sales Mandate International.

    Directors' Fortnight
    --------------------

    Amreeka (United States/Canada/Kuwait), directed by Cherien Dabis;
production First Generation Films (Canada), Alcina Pictures (Canada), Buffalo
Gal Pictures (Canada), EVMG (Kuwait); world sales E1 Entertainment.

    Carcasses, directed by Denis Côté; production nihilproductions; world
sales FunFilm Distribution.

    J'ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother), directed by Xavier Dolan;
production Mifilifilms.

    Polytechnique, directed by Denis Villeneuve; production Remstar, Don
Carmody Productions; world sales Wild Bunch.

    International Critics' Week
    ---------------------------

    Runaway, directed by Cordell Barker; production and world sales National
Film Board of Canada.

    Telefilm Canada helps the Canadian film industry grow
    -----------------------------------------------------

    Building on the success of the Perspective Canada initiative over the
past three years, Telefilm Canada is returning with a selection of 11 Canadian
films for screening at the Cannes Film Market. The screenings will raise the
profile of these recent works by Canadian filmmakers and enhance their chances
for sales on the world market by bringing them to the attention of
international buyers.

    
    - Carcasses, directed by Denis Côté; production nihilproductions; world
      sales FunFilm Distribution.

    - Crackie, directed by Sherry White; production Streely Maid Films,
      Kickham East Productions; world sales Kickham East Productions.

    - The Deserter (Le Déserteur), directed by Simon Lavoie; production Films
      du Boulevard; world sales TVA Films.

    - Sticky Fingers (Les Doigts croches), (Canada/Argentina/France),
      directed by Ken Scott; production Caramel Films (Canada), Melenny
      Productions (Canada), Area 24 Films (Argentina), Pan-Européenne
      (France); world sales Remstar.

    - High Life, directed by Gary Burns; production Triptych Media, Buffalo
      Gal Pictures; world sales Shoreline Entertainment.

    - I Killed My Mother (J'ai tué ma mère), directed by Xavier Dolan;
      production Mifilifilms.

    - The Master Key (Grande Ourse : La clé des possibles), directed by
      Patrice Sauvé; production Point de mire; world sales E1 Entertainment.

    - Polytechnique, directed by Denis Villeneuve; production Remstar, Don
      Carmody Productions; world sales Wild Bunch.

    - A Shine of Rainbows, directed by Vic Sarin; production Sepia Films and
      Octagon Films; world sales E1 Entertainment.

    - Sogokuru, directed by Roger Cantin; production Productions La Fête;
      world sales Delphis Films.

    - Victoria Day, directed by David Bezmozgis; production Markham Street
      Films; world sales E1 Entertainment.
    

    Canada Pavilion
    ---------------

    This promises to be an outstanding year at the Canada Pavilion. A total
of 57 companies have chosen to operate under the Canada banner, and there will
be three networking events designed to foster business relations with the
United States, Great Britain and Germany. In addition, to promote Canada as a
partner of choice for other countries, Telefilm Canada has developed an
Internet micro-site that will go online as the Cannes Festival opens. All
foreign producers invited to the Canada Pavilion networking events will
receive a USB key providing direct access to the micro-site, which promotes
official coproduction, co-ventures and production services with Canada.
    The Canada Pavilion is an initiative of Telefilm Canada in partnership
with:

    Principal Partners
    British Columbia Film
    Ontario Media Development Corporation

    Major Partner
    Manitoba Film and Music

    Associate Partners
    Alberta Film
    Film Nova Scotia
    Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation
    SaskFilm and Video Development Corporation
    Canadian Film and Television Production Association

    Silver Sponsor
    National Bank of Canada


    Producers' Network Activities
    -----------------------------

    For the sixth year running, Telefilm is partnering with SODEC for the
Film Market's Producers' Network forum, which will spotlight Canada on May 18.
The two agencies will officially introduce ten Francophone and Anglophone
producers, and a speed-dating session is planned for all Francophone producers
registered for the Producers' Network.
    Also on Focus on Canada Day, the Canada Pavilion, in partnership with the
Producers' Network and in collaboration with Strategic Partners, will host a
networking event for Canadian and European producers at the International
Village.

    Developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry

    Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and
promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial
support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian productions
that appeal to domestic and international audiences. The Corporation also
administers the funding programs of the Canadian Feature Film Fund, the
Canadian Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund. To learn more about
Telefilm Canada, watch the complete webcast of the Corporation's first annual
public meeting, held April 8, 2009, at www.telefilm.gc.ca




For further information:

For further information: In Montréal: Elise Proulx, (450) 732-0788,
elise.proulx@videotron.ca; In Cannes: Canada Pavilion No.125, Village
international, 33 (0) 4 92 59 02 37, Fax: 33 (0) 4 92 59 02 38


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