Screening of Esimesac, followed by Q&A with director Luc Picard
Well-known film/stage actor, screenwriter, director Luc Picard born in Lachine (Québec) in 1961, received many awards for his acting and his directing. His film credits include l’Audition, Babine as a filmmaker and Un Dimanche à Kigali, 15 février 1839, 20h17 Rue Darling among others.
Some honored filmmakers and the ones who are waiting in the wings of recognition tell their stories and answer the question: what do awards bring in terms of professional success?
Come and meet:
Andréanne Germain (winner of Engage-toi from NFB)
Nadine Valcin (NSI Drama Prize Film)
Jean-Pierre Desmarais (Coup de cœur du public Acadian International Film Festival)
Philippe Grégoire (Aquarium)
Yani Dupont-Hébert (Les Choses de la vie)
Marc-Olivier Comeau (Chloé)
Screening of Small Blind, followed by a Q&A with director Simon Galiero and actress Micheline Bernard
Born in Montreal in 1978, he began directing short fictions and documentary films in 1998. In 2008, he won the Prix Jutra for best short/mid-length film for his independent production Notre Prison est un royaume. His first feature-length film, Nuages sur la ville, won the Grand Prix Focus (Best Canadian Film) at the 2009 Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.
Trained at the Quebec School of Performing Arts where she graduated, Micheline Bernard has gained popularity with theatregoers as well as TV viewers of all ages thanks to her roles in Tactik or Aveux. She received three Gemini Awards for her role as Jocelyne Letendre, the extravagant psychologist in Radio Enfer. Small Blind gives Ms. Bernard her first opportunity to play the main role on the big screen.
Cassos: the art of making a successful film with a small budget
Drawing from his diverse, rich creativity, Philippe Carrese invites us to discover the guiding principles behind his work: “Cassos is the result of all of my past experience… “.
A unique opportunity to exchange ideas with a larger than life, captivating filmmaker from Marseille. Philippe Carrese will come with his producer, the multi-talented Thierry Aflalou.
Born in Marseilles on April 6 1956, this French filmmaker and novelist is also a TV series director, screenwriter, a columnist and an illustrator. He recently decided to go back to his first passion, the making of feature films: Malaterra (2004), Liberata (2005), L’arche de Babel (2008) in which he depicts worlds radically different from the ones in his books.
An Executive Producer at Comic Strip Production that he founded 19 years ago, T. Aflalou first aimed at producing short fiction and documentary films before he gradually turned to full-length, feature films and telefilms. His body of work reveals his passionate relationship with the topics he picks as well as the creators he works with.
Marc-André Grondin took the movie world by storm with his heart-wrenching performance as the troubled son in the acclaimed coming-of-age film C.R.A.Z.Y..
Having developed a great friendship with director Jean-Marc Vallée - who had cast him almost 12 years ago in his short film Les Fleurs Magiques, Grondin landed his pivotal role in C.R.A.Z.Y., for which he earned a Genie Award nomination for Best Lead Actor, won the Best Canadian Lead Actor at the Vancouver Film Critic Circle Awards, and Best Lead Actor at the Jutra Awards (Quebec Film Awards).
In 2009, Grondin made history in becoming the first Canadian actor to win the prestigious César Award (France’s Academy Awards) for Best Male Newcomer for the film The First Day of the Rest of Your Life.
Marc-André recently starred in the hockey comedy, Goon, opposite Jay Baruchel, Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber. He also starred in the lead role of the French Canadian film, L’Affaire Dumont, which opened in Québec this past September to which his performance garnered him critical praise. He also plays the title role in the French film L'Homme qui rit (The Man who Laughs) opposite Gérard Depardieu and Emmanuelle Seigner which was selected as this year’s Closing Film at the Venice Film Festival.
He can next be seen in the French Canadian indie Vic et Flo ont vu un ours directed by Denis Cote. The film made it’s world premiere at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival and won the Silver Bear Award.
He continues to reside in Montreal, Quebec
Screening of Catimini, followed by a Q&A session with director Nathalie Saint Pierre.
At university, she studied cinema and art history while getting familiar with film production. She wrote, directed and produced two short films including L’Abîme appelle l’abîme nominated for Best Short at the Rendez-Vous du cinéma québécois. Her film Ma Voisine danse le ska was awarded the Radio-Canada prize for best script for first feature film. Catimini is her second full-length film.
Screening of Les Invisibles, followed by a Q&A session with Monique Issele, witness.
Screening of Written Woman, followed by a Q&A session with director Lahcen Zinoun.
As a principal dancer, L.Zinoun worked with some of the greatest choreographers in the world. His love for cinema led him to become a choreographer on a great many sets of films like The Last Temptation of Christ by Martin Scorsese, The Sheltering Sky by Bernardo Bertolucci…In 1991 Mr.Zinoun directed his first short film Flagrant Délire followed by his first feature The Lost Beauty (2007). He is also a member of the National Jury for the Canadian Francophone Games.
Screening of One O One, followed by a Q&A session with director Franck Guérin and actors Yann Peira and Cassandre Manet.
One o One articulates some of Franck Guérin’s ideas on time and space as well as how he relates to the audience. The beauty of the film besides the attractiveness of its images and the way it deals with the topics, rests on the art of imposing nothing to our imagination thus suggesting various possible interpretations. When the film stops, a slew of questions come to mind… Franck Guérin will be there to answer them.
He directs TV documentaries dealing with societal issues and more emphatically with criminal mental illness as shown in his films Francis Heaulme, the Blood Road and Sagawa, Japanese Cannibal. Mr. Guérin wrote and directed several short and mid-length films including Some Days Left with Marion Cotillard. His work featured in many festivals attracts positive attention. His first feature A Summer Day on many prestigious awards at various international film festivals