QUÉBEC CINEMA SMILES AGAIN

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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.

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