The short film "NEXT FLOOR" by Denis Villeneuve will have its Canadian premiere at the Toronto Film Festival



    MONTREAL, July 15 /CNW Telbec/ - PHI GROUP is pleased to announce that
"NEXT FLOOR ", the short film by Denis Villeneuve, has been selected for the
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where it will have its Canadian
premiere in September.
    An independant production shot in Montreal in 2007, "NEXT FLOOR"
showcases Quebec talent : a film by Denis Villeneuve based on an original idea
by Phoebe Greenberg and a screenplay by Jacques Davidts.
    "NEXT FLOOR", winner of the Grand Prix Canal+ for best short film at this
year's Cannes Film Festival's Semaine Internationale de la Critique, will also
be presented at various festivals around the world throughout the coming year.
Recall that "NEXT FLOOR" will also be the opening short film at Festival du
Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal in October 2008.
    During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with hordes of servers
and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a
ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an
unexpected sequence of events destabilizes the endless symphony of abundance.
    Undoubtedly one as the most talented filmmakers of his generation, Denis
Villeneuve has rapidly achieved both public and critical acclaim for films
showcasing his powerful and distinctive cinematic voice. In 1998, Denis' first
feature film, "Un 32 août sur terre" was screened at more than 30
international festivals, most notably as part of the Official Selection at
Cannes, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. In 2000, his second film
"Maelstrvm" was selected at over 40 film festivals (including Sundance and
Toronto Film Festival) and won 25 international prizes. Denis Villleneuve is
presently working on the adaptation of a piece by Wajid Mouawad, entitled
"Incendies" and has just completed production on a project depicting the
events at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique.
    PHI GROUP is dedicated to investing in audacious an innovative projects
in music, video and film. The organization engages the best creative and
business minds to identify, develop, and distribute projects in these
disciplines. The mission of PHI is to invest in intellectual property that
explores and celebrates art as a vital social force.
    NEXT FLOOR, 2007, 11 min 34 sec. A film by Denis Villeneuve based on an
original idea by Phoebe Greenberg. Screenplay by Jacques Davidts. Produced by
PHI GROUP Inc.




For further information:

For further information: Myriam Achard, Phi Group, (514) 779-8868,
myriam@phi-montreal.com; www.nextfloor-film.com

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