Actors Roy Dupuis, Antoine l'Écuyer and Eve Ringuette part of the
MONTREAL, June 26, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - elefilm Canada is delighted that
seven Canadian films—including three debut features—are on their way to
the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which runs from July 3 to 11, 2015, in the Czech Republic. The debut
features Le bruit des arbres (The Sound of Trees) by François Péloquin, Le dep by Sonia Bonspille Boileau and Sleeping Giant by Andrew Cividino, will be presented alongside 23 kilometres by Noura Kevorkian, The Forbidden Room by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson as well as The Witch, a Canada-U.S. production by Robert Eggers. Francis Mankiewicz's Les bons débarras, originally released in 1980, will also be a part of the Canadian
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is one of the oldest film
festivals in the world.
"What's fantastic about the Canadian selection this year is that it
exactly reflects our mission at Telefilm," said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, "which is to encourage new
talent as well as seasoned filmmakers in equal measure. In competition
at Karlovy Vary will be the debut features by François Péloquin, Andrew
Cividino and Sonia Bonspille Boileau. These films will be screened
together with those by seasoned filmmakers, among them Guy Maddin and
Francis Mankiewicz. For us at Telefilm, this Canadian lineup confirms
that Canada's film industry is healthy, diversified and constantly
Ivana Novotna, Senior Programmer at Karlovy Vary, added: "I found this year's
Canadian productions very strong and, therefore, I am extremely pleased
and honoured that the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is going
to present three remarkable Canadian films in our Official Selection.
The impressionistic debut The Sound of Trees, by Francois Péloquin, with convincing performances by Antoine L'Écuyer
and Roy Dupuis, will compete for the Grand Prix—Crystal Globe in the
Official Selection—Competition; a psychological Innu drama, Le dep, by the talented Sonia Bonspille Boileau, will be a part of the Forum
of Independents—Competition; and finally, 23 kilometres, a personal and moving documentary film by Noura Kevorkian, who
captures boldly but with great sensitivity her father's soul locked in
his ill body, will be presented in the section Documentary
Films—Competition. I cannot forget to mention how happy I am that
straight after its success in Cannes, the Festival will be presenting
the film Sleeping Giant, an engaging and powerful debut feature by promising director Andrew
The Sound of Trees will have its international premiere in the Festival's Official
Selection competitive section, with the event to be attended by the
film's director, Francois Péloquin, producer Ziad Touma, co-writer
Sarah Lévesque and stars Roy Dupuis and Antoine L'Écuyer. The Sound of Trees will open in Quebec theatres at the same time.
Le dep will have its world premiere screening in the Czech Republic, in the
Forum of Independents competitive section. Attending the screening will
be director Sonia Bonspille Boileau, actress Eve Ringuette and producer
Jason Brennan. Bonspille, one of the first Aboriginal women filmmakers
to earn international renown for a French-language film, received
funding under the Aboriginal component of Telefilm's Micro-Budget Production Program. Launched three years ago, the Program targets emerging talent,
supporting them in the production and promotion of their first
feature-length film, with an emphasis on the use of digital platforms
for distribution and audience engagement.
Andrew Cividino's Sleeping Giant, which was selected for the 54th Critics' Week at the Cannes Film
Festival this past May, will be presented in the non-competitive
Another View section.
Documentary filmmaker Noura Kevorkian, whose film 23 kilometres will also have its world premiere, in the Documentary Films competitive
section, will also be part of the Canadian delegation.
The Forbidden Room, by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, has been selected for the
non-competitive Imagina section, which presents films with an
unconventional approach to narrative and style.
The Witch, by American Robert Eggers, will be shown in the Midnight Screenings
section, which offers a selection of horror and action movies.
Les bons débarras will be screened in the Out of the Past section, which showcases great
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