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Trailer for ‘Les Affamés’ (‘Ravenous’) Looks Like it Slays!

Trailer for ‘Les Affamés’ (‘Ravenous’) Looks Like it Slays!
A remote village in Quebec is terrorized by a flesh-eating plague, in the latest from Robin Aubert. Actor Marc-André Grondin (Goon) stars in the arthouse horror thriller Les Affamés (Ravenous), alongside actress Monia Chokri (Venice/Tiff 2016 selection Réparer les vivants), Veteran actresses Micheline Lanctôt (My Internship in Canada) and Brigitte Poupart (Monsieur Lazhar). Directed by Aubert, who also penned the script, “The film follows a group of rural villagers […]
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Ravenous’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Ravenous’
The zombie apocalypse subgenre has proven sufficiently durable and extensive to encompass everything from traditional horror to romantic comedy, sociopolitical metaphor to knockabout farce. But it’s doubtful that any previous movie or TV drama about the voracious undead has deserved the label of “contemplative” as much as writer-director Robin Aubert’s “The Ravenous” (“Les Affames”), an eerily melancholy horror story set in a contemporary Quebec countryside, where the line between life and death is relentlessly smudged and the survival instinct is repeatedly undermined by fatalistic resignation.

To be sure, Aubert plays by the rules of the game when it comes to establishing the particulars of his plot: Flesh-eating zombies of unknown origin infect or devour humans; the creatures can be terminated only with bullets to the head or through the energetic application of sharp instruments; an increasingly desperate and gradually dwindling group of survivors take their last best shot at traveling toward a safe haven.

But
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Vicious ‘Ravenous’ Footage Slays a Zombie with a Machete!

Vicious ‘Ravenous’ Footage Slays a Zombie with a Machete!
A remote village in Quebec is terrorized by a flesh-eating plague, in the latest from Robin Aubert. Actor Marc-André Grondin (Goon) stars in the arthouse horror thriller Les Affamés (Ravenous), alongside actress Monia Chokri (Venice/Tiff 2016 selection Réparer les vivants), Veteran actresses Micheline Lanctôt (My Internship in Canada) and Brigitte Poupart (Monsieur Lazhar). Directed by Aubert, who also penned the script, “The film follows a group of rural […]
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North American Briefs: Ewan McGregor to receive Britannia Humanitarian Award

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North American Briefs: Ewan McGregor to receive Britannia Humanitarian Award
The Scottish star, who unveiled the world premiere of his feature directorial American Pastoral in Toronto, will collect the honour at BAFTA La’s awards show on October 28.

The Britannia Humanitarian Award is presented to someone “who has used the art form of the moving image or their position in the entertainment industry to create positive social change, and actively shine a light on important humanitarian issues.”

McGregor has worked with Unicef to help children in conflict zones in Iraq and Syria.

As previously announced, Ang Lee will collect the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, Samuel L. Jackson the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, and Ricky Gervais the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.

McGregor recently wrapped production on Trainspotting 2, in which he reprises his role as Renton opposite Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle. Sony will release the film on February 3, 2017.

Several audience members
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Toronto: Marc-Andre Grondin Starring in Horror-Thriller ‘Ravenous’

Toronto: Marc-Andre Grondin Starring in Horror-Thriller ‘Ravenous’
Marc-André Grondin is starring as the lead in the horror thriller “Ravenous” (Les Affames) opposite Monia Chokri, Micheline Lanctôt and Brigitte Poupart, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is currently in production in Quebec with Alma Cinema handling international sales at the Toronto Film Festival. “Ravenous” is produced by Stéphanie Morissette’s La Maison De Prod.

Robin Aubert is directing from his own script, which follows a group of rural villagers as they try to escape their family and friends, who have turned into flesh-eating predators.

Grondin’s credits include “Goon” and “Goon: Last of the Enforcers,” the series “Spotless” and Stéphane Lafleur’s “Tu Dors Nicole,” which premiered at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. Aubert’s directing credits include “Crying Out” and “St. Martyrs of the Damned.”

Alma Cinema is also selling “In Between,” which is playing in the Contemporary World Cinema section at Toronto, and “As You Are,” which premiered at Sundance.
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Iranian film wins top prize at 15th Shanghai International Film Festival

Iranian filmmaker Khosro Masoumi’s Bear won the Golden Goblet Award for Best Feature Film at the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival. This is Masoumi’s second Golden goblet after he won it in 2004 for Tradition of Lover Killing.

Canadian filmmaker Micheline Lanctot’s For the Love of God won the Jury Grand Prix. Chinese filmmaker Gao Qunshu was awarded Best Director for his thriller Beijing Blues.

Japanese filmmaker Kenji Uchida won the Best Screenplay prize for Key Of Life.

Indian film Color of Sky by Dr.Biju Damodaran also competed for the Golden Goblet Award.

2012 Golden Goblet Awards

Best Film: Bear; dir. Khosro Masoumi [Iran]

Jury Prize: For the Love of God; dir. Micheline Lanctôt [Canada]

Best Director: Gao Qunshu for Beijing Blues [China]

Best Actor: Vladas Bagdonas for The Conductor [Russia]

Best Actress: Ursula Pruneda for The Dream of Lu [Mexico]

Best Screenplay: Uchida Kenji for Key of Life [Japan]

Best Cinematography: Shi Luan
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Three Indian films to compete in 15th Shanghai International Film Festival

Three Indian films to compete in 15th Shanghai International Film Festival
Kshay by Karan Gour and Michael by Ribhu Dasgupta will compete for the Asian New Talent Award and Color of Sky by Dr.Biju Damodaran will compete for the Golden Goblet Award at the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival.

The Golden Goblet Award is for the main competition section of the festival. The Asian New Talent Award ‘aims at identifying the new bright lights and encouraging their creativity’.

The 15th Shanghai International Film Festival will be held from June 16-24, 2012. Founded in 1993, it is China’s only A-category international film festival accredited by the Fiapf (International Federation of Film Producers’ Association).

Asian New Talent Awards 2012

Big Blue Lake; dir. Jessey Tsang [Hong Kong]

Boy’s Diary; dir. Putrama Tuta [Indonesia]

The Client; dir. Sohn Young-sung [South Korea]

Follow Follow; dir. Peng Lei [China]

I Have Loved; dirs. Lai Weijie, Elizabeth Wijaya[Singapore/Cambodia/Malaysia]

Kshay; dir. Karan Gour [India]

Michael; dir. Ribhu Dasgupta [India]

Pearls of the Far East Ngọc viễn đông; dir.
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Canada in Berlin

As we roll into Berlin where War Witch (aka Rebelle) (Isa: Films Distribution) by Kim Nguyen is in Competition. While it’s Kim’s 4th feature, this is the first of his films to have a world premiere at an international festival. This is exceptional as well because the last time the Canadians had a Canadian director in Competition at the Berlinale was in 1999 with Emporte-Moi ! Guy Madden’s Keyhole holds a Berlinale Special slot. Guy is Canada’s cultural ambassador in Berlin and a regular at the Festival and sat on the Berlinale’s Official Jury last year – with Isabella Rossellini.

Sheldon Larry’s Leave It on the Floor (Isa: Arrow) is a U.S.-Canadian Co-pro which has played Laff, Tiff and is now in the Panorama.

Films in the Forum include Green Laser by another Berlinale favorite, John Greyson. Green Laser is his 8th film at the festival. His first was Urinal in 1989. Denis Côté’s Bestiary, straight from Sundance, and Francine, the first narrative feature by Melanie Shatzky (Canada) and Brian M. Cassidy (U.S.) the team that directed Patron Saints (Tiff 2011, Rotterdam 2012) are are all in the Forum.

4 films are in the Forum Expanded:

Chris Kennedy’s 349 (For Sol LeWitt)(1min long!) in Tiff 2011 Wavelength Program: Schedule

American Colour, Tiff 2011 Wavelength Program: Schedule

Road Movie by Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzkystarring Melissa Leo (Frozen River) Tiff 2011 Future Projections: Schedule, a 6-channel installation produced by The National Film Board of Canada. Elle Flanders’ documentary Zero Degrees of Separation was screened in the Forum section of the Berlin Festival in 2005.

The Tiny Ventriloquist by Steve Reinke, (with contribution from James Richards). The installation will be presented at the McLuhan Salon of the Canadian Embassy

In Berlinale Shorts Competition, The Man That Got Away by Trevor Anderson is his second film in this section (2009 The Island). His doc short The High Leve Bridge was in Sundance in 2010.

All we have to do now is wait to see which prizes go to them! Last year Canadian productions came away with three.

Perspective Canada will present 16 titles at the Market:

Café de Flore - Jean-Marc Vallée, Films Distribution, France

China Heavyweight (Straight from Sundance) - doc - Yung Chang Cat & Docs, France & EyeSteelFilms

Décharge (Trash) - Benoit Pilon, eOne

Edwin Boyd - Nathan Morlando, Myriad Pictures, USA

French Kiss - Sylvain Archambault ,Delphis

Goon - Michael Dowse, Myriad Pictures, USA

La Peur de l'eau - Gabriel Pelletier, eOne

Marécages - Guy Édoin, Fortissimo Films

Monsieur Lazhar - Philippe Falardeau, Films Distribution, France

Nuit #1 - Anne Émond, Wide Management, France

Payback (Straight from Sundance) - doc- Jennifer Baichwal, National Film Board of Canada

Pink Ribbons - doc - Léa Pool, National Film Board of Canada

Pour l'amour de dieu - Micheline Lanctôt, Filmoption

Roméo onze - Ivan Grbovic, Reprise Films

Surviving Progress - doc- Mathieu Roy + Harold Crooks, National Film Board of Canada

Take this Waltz - Sarah Polley, TF1 International, France
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Good Neighbors (2010)

Directed by: Jacob Tierney

Written by: Jacob Tierney

Cast: Jay Baruchel, Emily Hampshire, Scott Speedman, Xavier Dolan

Neighbors are like family: you're stuck with the hand fate deals.

There's not much you can do to escape them, other than murder those individuals who really piss you off. Jacob Tierney's adaptation of Chrystine Brouillet's 1982 novel, Chère Voisine, explores the lives of three Montreal apartment dwellers with a hankering for homicide that will be familiar to anyone who has ever cursed thin interior walls.

Neurotic, twitching Victor (Jay Baruchel) is new to the building, and finds it no easy task to befriend his neighbors, cat lady Louise (Emily Hampshire), and wheelchair bound jock Spencer (Scott Speedman). Victor lacks the social skills to take 'No' for an answer and bulldozes Spencer into holding a dinner party. A fragile three-way connection builds from there. Confined to their Notre-Dame-de-Grâce building by the harsh Canadian winter,
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'Pour l'amour de Dieu' In Theatres On Sept. 2

The release of Micheline Lanctôt's next film, Pour l'amour de Dieu, will be on September 2.

The film takes place in Montreal in 1959. Léonie, a young girl, attends a religious school in order to keep her anti-religious mom at bay. She's taught by Sister Cécile. One day, a Dominican priest, Father Malachy, arrives in the school. Both Léonie and Cécile fall in love with Father Malachy. Will the love for God triumph over that for Father Malachy?

The film stars Madeleine Peloquin, Victor Andrés Trelles Turgeon, Lynda Johnson, Ariane Legault and Rossif Sutherland.

Besides, the film will very likely get a limited release in Quebec.
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Gilles Carle obituary

Leading light in the emergence of French Canadian cinema

After years of neglect and discrimination by the dominant Anglophone culture, a distinctive French Canadian cinema emerged in the 1960s with the victory of René Lévesque's Liberal party in Quebec and the sponsorship of the National Film Board of Canada and the Quebec Film Commission. Among the beneficiaries was a group of young directors headed by Claude Jutra, Denys Arcand and Gilles Carle, who has died aged 80.

Carle, the most senior, was always an anti-elitist, independent figure, a social satirist whose films sought to expose "the secret order of things". Eroticism and violence are dominant themes in his critiques of middle-class rectitude, corruption and religious hypocrisy. He once described his movies as "social fables, allegorical tales rather than films of social protest".

At the heart of most of Carle's films is a beautiful, commanding, impulsive and defiant woman. The role
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