MONTREAL, June 28, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - With a selection of five debut
feature films, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will be a
perfect opportunity to discover Canada's next generation of film
talents. Four films will be receiving their world premieres: two of the
films, Roméo Onze and Collaborator, will be in Official Competition, one, Laurentie, will be presented Out of Competition, and one, Sunflower Hour, will be screened during the Forum of Independents.
The Festival is also organizing a tribute to Denis Villeneuve, with the filmmaker himself in attendance. Denis Villeneuve first
attracted attention at the Festival in 1996. Held in the city of
Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, the Karlovy Vary International Film
Festival runs from July 1 to 9, 2011.
"Major events such as Karlovy Vary highlight the cultural success of
Canada's film industry and also encourage the industry's industrial and
commercial development," said the Executive Director of Telefilm
Canada, Carolle Brabant, who will be attending the Festival.
"Telefilm Canada enthusiastically provides support to Canadian industry
representatives and creators at the Festival. We are delighted with the
retrospective of Denis Villeneuve's work as well as with the selection
of Canadian filmmakers who will be presenting their first feature
films. Canadian diversity will be much in evidence at Karlovy Vary."
Telefilm Canada is delighted that the Embassy of Canada to the Czech
Republic is supporting the efforts to promote Canadian cinema at
Collaborator (Canada, United States) - world premiere
Director: Martin Donovan
Production companies: DViant Films (Toronto), This Is That (New York)
International distribution: Entertainment One Films International
Roméo Onze (Romeo Eleven) - world premiere
Director: Ivan Grbovic
Production and international distribution: Reprise Films (Montreal)
Out of Competition
Laurentie (Laurentia) - world premiere
Directors: Simon Lavoie and Mathieu Denis
Production company: Metafilms (Montreal)
International distribution: FunFilm Distribution (Montreal)
Forum of Independents
Sunflower Hour - world premiere
Director: Aaron Houston
Production and international distribution: Unpaved Productions
Hobo with a Shotgun
Director: Jason Eisener
Production companies: Rhombus Media (Toronto), Whizbang Films (Toronto),
Yer Dead Productions (Halifax)
International distribution: TF1 International (Paris)
Tribute to Denis Villeneuve
As Telefilm Canada announced in February, 2011, the Festival will pay tribute to Denis Villeneuve. The Tribute to Denis Villeneuve will present four of his features, Un 32 août sur terre (32nd Day of August on Earth), Maelström, Polytechnique and Incendies, and two shorts, Next Floor and REW-FFWD.
Karlovy Vary recognized Denis Villeneuve's talent at the very start of
his career: the collective movie Cosmos screened at the Festival in 1996, shortly after receiving its world
premiere at Cannes. "Our festival aims to delight movie-lovers by
inviting filmmakers who bring their vision to the screen with true
passion," said Karel Och, the Festival's Artistic Director. "This year we are thrilled to shine
the spotlight on Denis Villeneuve and his unique body of work. He's
never afraid of upsetting convention, and his highly personal approach
and vision of society have been lauded throughout his career."
Denis Villeneuve will be invited to meet with festival-goers and
journalists during his retrospective.
About Telefilm Canada
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. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund's programs.
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