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Premier Québec Cinéma Showcase à Londres - du 2 au 4 Novembre

From 02/11/2012 at 18:00 to 04/11/2012 at 22:00

 

Monsieur Lahzar
Monsieur Lahzar

Following the international success of Québécois films including Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau), Incendies (Denis Villeneuve) and Café de Flore (Jean-Marc Vallée), a showcase of new cinema from Québec will take place for the first time in London at the Institut Français, South Kensington (2-4 November).

Québec Cinema Showcase is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations marking the opening of the Québec Government Office in London. The programme of five feature-length films and four shorts will present some of Québec’s finest and most recent cinematic offerings, including the latest work from award-winning director, 23-year-old Xavier Dolan, Laurence Anyways.

Québec Cinema Showcase will open with the UK premiere of Ken Scott’s massive box office hit comedy Starbuck (2 November).  Veteran comedy actor Patrick Huard plays David Wozniak, a 40-something delivery man whose life is out of control. But things are worse than he thinks. In his twenties, David was a prolific sperm donor to help pay the bills but the past comes back to haunt him when nearly 150 of his more than 500 offspring, now young adults, collectively take court action for their right to know the identity of their father. The film has been so successful – Canada’s biggest domestic hit in 2011 taking $3.5 million at the box office – that Scott has been asked to direct the US remake starring Vince Vaughn for Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios. Starbuck is on general release in the UK from November 23.

 

Melvil Poupaud in Laurence Anyways
Melvil Poupaud in Laurence Anyways

Laurence Anyways (3 November) is the latest offering from Cannes award-winning director Xavier Dolan, (I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats). Dolan’s success continued in 2012 at the Cannes Film Festival when Laurence Anyways’ female lead, Suzanne Clément, won best actress in the festival’s “Un certain regard” category and the film was awarded the Queer Palm. Laurence Anyways also won the award for Best Canadian Feature Film at Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Dolan made his Cannes debut with I Killed My Mother, a film he made in his teens, resulting in an eight-minute standing ovation and three awards in the Directors’ Fortnight section in 2009. Spanning a decade, Laurence Anyways tells the story of a couple who are passionately in love. But when Laurence (Melvil Poupard) announces to girlfriend Fred (Suzanne Clément) on his 30th birthday that he wants to live as a woman, the consequences are tumultuous – and unexpected.  Laurence Anyways screened at the BFI London Film Festival on 11 and 12 October and is on general release in UK cinemas from 30 November.

 

 

“The Québec Government Office in London takes pride in witnessing Québec cinema’s current popularity worldwide. We are delighted to welcome the first edition of the Québec Cinema Showcase as part of our 50-year anniversary celebrations marking the opening of our London office,” says Pierre Boulanger, Agent-General of the Québec office in London.

Other films in the programme include Karakara from Claude Gagnon(3 November), a Canadian/Japanese co-production which follows Pierre (Gabriel Arcand), a retired professor in his early sixties who goes on a short, unsettling trip around Okinawa in Japan with Junko (Youki Kudoh), a 40-year-old runaway wife. Bestiary (Bestiaire) from Denis Côté (4 November) is an intriguing documentary which reflects on human fascination with animals.  Behind Closed Doors (Catimini) from Nathalie Saint-Pierre (4 November), the final film in the Québec Cinema Showcase, is a touching story about a reunion between four girls living under the care of the child protection services.

Across the weekend there will be director Q&As: Claude Gagnon, on Saturday, 3 November after the screening of Karakara and Nathalie Saint-Pierre on Sunday, 4 November after Behind Closed Doors.

 

Cafe de Flore
Cafe de Flore

Cinema from Québec is currently enjoying the international spotlight with two films – Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar – shortlisted for best foreign language Oscars in the past two years, as well as a BAFTA nomination for Incendies. Québécois director, Jean-Marc Vallée’s Café de Flore starring Vanessa Paradis, has also garnered critical acclaim. Earlier this month (October) at the Raindance Film Festival – Europe’s leading independent film festival – a number of films were screened in a special Québec Strand and Laurentie by directors Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie scooped Best International Feature.

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