QUÉBEC CINEMA SMILES AGAIN
XAVIER Dolan is becoming a pillar of the Croisette. He is back two years after his Jury Prize for Mommy, and will be presenting his sixth feature, It’s Only the End Of the World, inspired by Jean-luc Lagarce’s play that Anne Dorval had offered the young director a few years ago. Dolan was member of the Jury in 2015 and was discovered at the 2009 Directors’ Fortnight with I Killed My Mother. Followed Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways, both presented at Un certain regard. It’s Only the End Of the World is Dolan’s second feature presented in the Official Selection – the Canadian-french co-production is produced by Nancy Grant and Xavier Dolan (Sons of Manual), Nathanaël Karmitz (Mk2), and Sylvain Corbeil. It will be released both in Québec and in France on 21 September 2016. Two Lovers and a Bear, Kim Nguyen’s (Rebelle) first English-speaking film will be presented at the Directors’ Fortnight. It is produced by Roger Frappier (Max Films). And Dane Dehaan (Valerian and the City of a Thousand) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) play the parts of Roman and Lucy, two young adults who must not only brave the freezing elements of their city, but also come to grips with their past and their own demons before finding love despite a hard reality. Written and directed by Kim Nguyen, the film is co-produced by Jonathan Bronfman and Ellen Hamilton and was shot last year in Ontario and Iqaluit (Canadian territory of Nunavut). Two Lovers and a Bear will be distributed in Québec by Les Films Séville, and TF1 International will handle the world sales. Last but not least, the short film Oh What a Wonderful Feeling will be presented at the International Critics’ Week (Official Competition). Produced by La Boîte à Fanny ( Sarah Prefers To Run by Chloe Robichaud) and directed by François Jaros who previously directed Maurice, and won the Jutra Award for the Best Short film with Life Is a Bitch in 2015. Oh What a Wonderful Feeling will compete with nine other films. Once again, Québec will be very present in Cannes this year, which is a sign of both good artistic health and box office success. In 2015, Québec cinema reached a market share of 7.2% (5.9% in 2014). Four films have
IN 2015, QUÉBEC FILMS WON THE FAVORS OF THEIR LOCAL AUDIENCE AND, THIS YEAR AGAIN, THE PROVINCE WILL BE VERY PRESENT IN CANNES.
by the Xavier Dolan.