Telefilm Canada spotlights the Canadian presence at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival



    MONTREAL, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada is proud to spotlight
the presence of FIVE Canadian films at the 44th Karlovy Vary International
Film Festival, to be held July 3 to 11, 2009.
    In the Czech Republic on the frontier between Eastern and Western Europe,
Karlovy Vary, one of the world's most important competitive film festivals, is
reputed, among other things, for its large, mostly young audience with a
veritable passion for the 7th art.
    The five films invited to Karlovy Vary were chosen during the selection
screenings coordinated by Telefilm Canada for the festival's programmer during
his stay in Montreal last April. Telefilm Canada organizes such private
screenings for Canadian films seeking to position themselves on the
international scene. The Canadian industry can take advantage of this service
for six international festivals.
    "It's a good year for Canadian cinema, which continues to stand out on
the international scene thanks to its quality and imagination. With five films
selected, including three that had Telefilm support, we have every reason to
be thrilled with the vitality of our industry", said Wayne Clarkson, Executive
Director of Telefilm Canada.
    The festival's artistic director, Eva Zaoralova, noted the high quality
of the Canadian works submitted, saying, "I am very proud of the five
remarkable Canadian films that will premiere at Karlovy Vary this year. Un
ange à la mer, by Frédéric Dumont, is an incredible first film, which will
have its world premiere in the official competition for a Crystal Globe. New
Denmark, by Rafael Ouellet, with its edgy and original narrative style, will
be in the running for the Independent Camera Award in the Forum of
Independents competition. And there is no doubt that the jolting subject of
Jennifer Baichwal's documentary, Act of God, will catch the eye of the
documentary jury and the general public." Ms. Zaoralova added, "The other two
feature films, also first works - Crackie by Sherry White and
Nurse.Fighter.Boy by Charles Officer - show just how good young Canadian
filmmakers are at observing reality and taking their personal inspiration from
it to create very unique films."
    Below is the list of Canadian films selected, by category.

    OFFICIAL COMPETITION
    --------------------

    Un ange à la mer (world premiere)
    (Belgium-Canada) directed by Frédéric Dumont; produced by Palomar
    (Montreal), Dragons Films (La Louvière)

    Twelve-year-old Louis lives with his big brother and parents in a small
    town in southern Morocco. One day, his manic-depressive father calls him
    into his office and tells him a very upsetting secret.

    DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
    -----------------------

    Act of God (international premiere)
    Directed by Jennifer Baichwal; produced by Mercury Films (Toronto),
    Foundry Films (Toronto)

    Act of God explores the metaphysical effects of being hit by lightning.
    Seven stories from around the world. With Paul Auster and Fred Frith.

    FORUM OF INDEPENDENTS
    ---------------------

    New Denmark (world premiere)
    Directed by Rafael Ouellet; produced by Estfilmindustri (Montreal)

    Carla spends her summer looking for her missing sister. After her body is
    discovered, she continues to seek her presence.

    ANOTHER VIEW
    ------------

    Nurse.Fighter.Boy (European premiere)
    Directed by Sherry White; produced by PUNK Films (Toronto), Canadian Film
    Centre (Toronto), Cannes Sugar Filmworks (Toronto)

    When a Jamaican nurse suffering from sickle cell anemia, her teenage son
    and a solitary boxer reduced to street fighting cross paths in
    multicultural Toronto, their lives entwine and are changed forever.

    Crackie (world premiere)
    Directed by Sherry White; produced by Kickham East Productions (St.
    John's)

    Misty is a 17-year-old girl who lives with her harsh grandmother, who has
    raised her since she was four. Misty is looking for love in all the wrong
    places. When her mother turns up and stirs up trouble, Misty is forced to
    decide whether the woman who raised her is her enemy or her strongest
    ally.

    Developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry
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    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 Canada Feature Film Fund, the Canadian
Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund.

    For more information about Telefilm Canada, see the full webcast of our
first annual public meeting, held on April 8, 2009, at www.telefilm.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Denise Arab, Director of Communications,
Telefilm Canada, (514) 283-0838 #2099


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