Find out the exclusive and much-awaited lineup of the FOCUS section, sponsored by Air France: a selection of 53 films from Quebec and Canada, a showcase for emerging talent by filmmakers from a wide range of backgrounds.
Don’t miss the preview of “Diego Star”, the first feature by Frédérick Pelletier, which will open the FOCUS section on October 10 at the Imperial Cinema! The feature starring Issaka Sawadogo and Chloé Bourgeois, follows the travails of a Côte d’Ivoire mechanic working aboard an aging cargo ship, the Diego Star.
The FOCUS lineup:
- 12 features in competition :
Diego Star (Quebec), by Frédérick Pelletier;
Chez Lise (Quebec), a documentary by James Galwey and Jeanne Pope that recounts a love story between two bipolar and schizophrenic people;
Gerontophilia (Canada), by notorious filmmaker Bruce LaBruce, who once again turns his camera on taboo sexual proclivities;
La ferme des humains - definitive version (Quebec), a multicultural chronicle of immigration and everyday hypocrisy by Onur Karaman;
Vann “Piano Man” Walls: The Spirit of R & B (Quebec), a documentary by Steven Morris about the musician Vann Walls and the origins of Rhythm & Blues;
Rhymes for Young Ghouls (Quebec), the first feature by Jeff Barnaby, shot on the Kahnawake reserve;
Secondaire V (Quebec), a documentary by Guillaume Sylvestre told from the viewpoint of kids from a multiethnic Outremont high school;
Spring & Arnaud (Canada) a documentary by Katherine Knight and Marcia Connolly about the shared passion of artist couple Spring Hurlbut and the late Arnaud Maggs, who passed away in 2012;
Un parallèle plus tard (Quebec), the first feature by Sébastien Landry about a hacker forced to go into hiding;
Une vie pour deux (Quebec), Luc Bourdon and Alice Ronfard’s film inspired by the play of the same name;
Uvanga (Quebec), by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu, the story of a mother who introduces her son to the Inuit family of his late father in the High Arctic;
White Wash (Quebec), by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, winner of the Best New Narrative Filmmaker at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, which tells the story of a caterpillar driver who accidentally causes a fatal accident.
- Six out-of-competition features:
2 temps 3 mouvements (Quebec), the first feature by Christophe Cousin that recounts the journey of a teenage boy who immigrates to Quebec with his mother after his father dies;
All the Wrong Reasons (Canada) by Gia Milani, an ensemble film about the daily lives of four characters who struggle after a traumatic incident, one of the last films Glee star Cory Monteith shot before he died;
Érection Canada, l’histoire du parti Rhinocéros du Canada de 1963 à 2013 (Quebec) by foolosopher and jokeologist François Yo Gourd and his accomplice Mélanie Ladouceur;
Found (Canada) by Mitchell Stafiej, an experimental work on the theme of mourning and our relationship to our over-consumption of images;
From Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines (Canada) by Oliver Hockenhull, a documentary about the resurgence of psychedelic drugs used as medicine;
La Croisée des chemins (Quebec) by Francine Pelletier, which takes a look back at the 2012 student movement and its real-world consequences.
- The 35 short films in the running for the Grand Prix Focus – short films, which are divided into five programs:
- Monia Chokri : Quelqu’un d’extraordinaire, a winner at Locarno and an energetic film with an appealing cast;
- Maxime Giroux : La tête en bas, a stunning journey into three solitudes;
- Joel Vaudreuil : Le courant faible de la rivière, noted at Annecy;
- Olivier Godin, the Grand Prix Focus from last year, back with Full Love;
- Jean-Guillaume Bastien with Je ne suis pas un grand acteur, a cinematic tour de force;
- the gorgeous Le jour nous écoute, the new film by the ever-popular Félix Dufour-Laperrière;
But also revelations in every genre, from fantasy (Dive by Kaveh Nabatian) to experimental (watch out for Charles-André Coderre’s new film H2T) and from surrealism (Smile Stealers) to poignant documentary (Coming Home to Boon). This year, short films stand tall.