Cinéfranco Perspective Québec

Toronto – La Tournée Québec Cinéma in partnership with Cinéfranco returns to Toronto for the annual spring showcase of the best of recent Québecois cinema –  Cinéfranco Perspective Québec on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema.

A window on the vibrant contemporary Québécois movie scene.  Cinéfranco Perspective Québec presents 5 features and a short, as well as special guests including directors Francine Hébert, Fernand Dansereau, Marc Bisaillon and Lucy Tulugarjuk.

Cinéfranco Perspective Québec opens on Friday, April 19 at 6:30 pm with a short and feature documentary program that explores transitions; that of a young transgender teen in director Francine Hébert’s short Noah, 18 ans.  and the transition to old age in Le Vieil âge et l’espérance.  Veteran filmmaker Fernand Dansereau has already proven that humour, joy (Le Vieil âge et le rire, 2012) and sexuality (L’Érotisme et le vieil âge, 2017), don’t disappear as we age. But what about hope?

Directors Francine Hébert and Fernand Dansereau will attend and give a Q+A.

At 9 pm award-winning (Canadian Screen Awards, Berlin Film Festival, Sundance, RIDM) director Geneviève Dulude-De Celles ‘s first dramatic feature, Une Colonie (A Colony) draws on her personal history, creating an intimate portrait of a 12-year-old girl as she deals with issues of otherness.  When 12-year old Mylia leaves her comfort zone and moves to a big school, she discovers a new world with new rules, cliques and rites of passage. When she meets Jimmy, an indigenous boy from the nearby reservation, Mylia opens herself to new experiences.

Saturday, April 20’s program begins at 1 pm with Lucy Tulugarjuk’s magical and inspirational  debut feature, Tia and Piujuq.   A cinematic treat for families and young people, Tia and Piujuq  is a collaboration between talented indigenous artists and a young refugee girl recently arrived to Quebec. Tia, a young Syrian girl longs for friends when she accidentally discovers a magic portal where she meets Piujuq, an equally bored and lonely Inuk girl who introduces Tia to her world.  Connecting through games and Inuit stories their friendship blossoms but is threatened by a mysterious figure.

A Skyped Q+A with director Lucy Tulugariuk follows the screening.

The Saturday, April 20 program continues at 4 :00 pm, with director Marc Bisaillon’s L’Amour (With Love).  Seemingly mild and introverted Alex leaves Sept-Îles to visit his father in Maine. Helped by a public registry and consumed by anger, he finds and tracks down sex offenders. Meanwhile, Rose follows in her son’s footsteps to try and understand what could have pushed him into this murderous madness. The film is loosely based on the story written by Stephen Marshall who made waves in Canada in 2006.

Director Marc Bisaillon will attend and give a Q+A

Cinéfranco Perspective Québec wraps up at 7:00 pm with Nous sommes Gold (We are Gold).  Following Chasse au Godard d’Abbittibbi (2013), Éric Morin’s new film also has deep roots in the harsh realities of life in a remote mining town. His glamorous heroine, Marianne, is a bassist with a famous rock band who returns home 10 years after a tragedy that killed 68 workers. The commemoration of the terrible anniversary brings passions bubbling to the surface. Family, friends, history, memory, youthful dreams, the betrayals of industry, and above all a visceral sense of belonging to the land: Nous sommes Gold is both intimate and collective, poignant and unifying.

For full program details, visit the Cinéfranco website.

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