Spotlight on homegrown cinema
| 100 minutes | 2018
Stanislas, 19, is left on his own when his mother is hospitalized. Terrorized by her illness, he wraps his face in bandages and infiltrates a therapy workshop for disfigured patients, whom he urges to rebel against society’s obsession with beauty by brandishing their “ugliness” as a weapon. Alexandre Franchi follows up on his remarkable The Wild Hunt (FNC 2009) with this work that’s equally idiosyncratic. Carried by a disquieting New Wave soundtrack, Happy Face is intriguing and provocative, turning established ideas on their head as it relentlessly hones its anarchic sense of the grotesque. WORLD PREMIEREQ&A with the cast and crew on October 6thQ&A with Debbie Lynch-White on October 8th
CO-WRITER, CO-PRODUCER ‘Happy Face’, digital – 100 min (ENGLISH) 2018& DIRECTOR Les Films de La Mancha, Line & ContentWRITER, CO-PRODUCER ‘Franchi is Back, 4-min web broadcast (FRENCH) 2011 & DIRECTOR Les Enfants inc. Festivals: Slamdance Film Festival 2012 CO-WRITER, CO-PRODUCER ‘The Wild Hunt’, 35mm - 95 min (ENGLISH) 2009& DIRECTOR Animist Films Inc. Prizes: *Best Canadian First Feature Award – Toronto International Film Festival, 2009 * Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature – Slamdance Film Festival 2010 *Canada’s Top Ten 2009 *Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking – Newport Beach Film Festival *Best Feature Film – Icon Tel Aviv Fantasy Film Festival 2010 *Golden Oosikar Award – Anchorage Film Festival 2010 WRITER, PRODUCER ‘Troll Concerto’, 35mm - 15 min (ENGLISH) 2005& DIRECTOR Emmerson Denney Films & Mad Monkey Films Broadcast: CBC, Bravo!, ARTV (2007)Prizes: Montreal Prends ça court, 2006, Christal Film Prize Montreal Prends ça court, 2006, ARTV PrizeWRITER, PRODUCER ‘Luv Junket’, 35mm - 5 min¨ (ENGLISH) 2004& DIRECTOR Soma Productions & Mad Monkey FilmsWRITER, DIRECTOR ‘Terminal Venus’, 35mm - 18 min (ENGLISH) 2003 Canadian Film Centre Prizes: -Best Direction – Best Actress – 2004 Baja Film Festival -Worldfest Houston, Mai 2004, USA, Platinum Remi AwardWRITER, PRODUCER ‘Fata Morgana’, 35mm - 8 min (ENGLISH) 2002& DIRECTOR Soma Productions & Mad Monkey Films Prizes: -Premier prix –Telefilm 2002 Award Cinémental – Manitoba French Film Festival -Mention spéciale –Taormina BNL Filmfest, 2002 -Prix CBC du meilleur court-métrage au ViewFinders International Film Festival, 2003 -Meilleure cinématographie, Fantasia Film Festival, 2003WRITER, PRODUCER ‘Chimère’, 35mm - 5 min (Silent) 2001& DIRECTOR Soma Productions
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