Wednesday, May 12, 2010

[News] Canadian Films at the 2010 Cannes Film Market

While Xavier Dolan's Les amours imaginaires and Noah Pink's ZedCrew are competing at the Cannes Film Festival, other Canadian films will be looking for distributors. Now, let's have a look at the Canadian presence at the 2010 Cannes Film Market.

2 fois une femme
Director: François Deslile
Starring: Evelyne Rompré, Marc Béland, Étienne Laforge, David Boutin, Michelle Rossignol, Marie Brassard, Alexandre Goyette, Catherine de Léan and Brigitte Pogonat

After having her life threatened by her violent husband one night, Catherine heads for northern Quebec with her son under another identity. Slowly, she rebuilds her confidence and rediscovers who she is while trying to win over her son’s affection.

Director: Karen Lam
Starring: Tinsel Korey, Sonja Bennett, Steph Song, Anna Mae Routledge and Stephen Lobo

When Isabelle’s former lover suddenly appears at her shabby bookstore, she is elated and they resume their relationship. Her protective foster sister, Jennifer, is frantic with worry, and with good cause: the relationship is emotionally abusive and Isabelle begins to self-destruct. Jennifer drives across the country to save Isabelle, only to confront the horrors of their shared past.

The Con Artist
Director: Risa Bramon Garcia
Starring: Rossif Sutherland, Rebecca Romijn, Donald Sutherland, Sarah Roemer, Russell Peters and Mary Walsh

Vince is an ex-con on parole after five years in prison for a heist gone wrong. He wants to go straight but his former boss and loan shark, the dangerously quirky Kranski reminds him in no uncertain terms that he has a big debt to pay and won’t be free until he pays it off.

At Home by Myself... with You
Director: Kris Booth
Starring: Kristin Booth, Aaron Abrams and Rosemary Dunsmore

Kris Booth's low-budget indie film is about a woman who is afraid to go out of her apartment. One day, that woman meets the nephew of her neighbour. He'll learn this young woman how to conquer of fear of the outside world.

À l'origine d'un cri
Director: Robin Aubert
Starring: Jean Lapointe, Michel Barrette and Patrick Hivon

The story is about a young man who feels compelled to travel with his grand-father. Indeed, the young man wants to find his father who ran away with the corpse of his ex-wife.

L'enfant prodige
Director: Luc Dionne
Starring: Patrick Drolet, Marc Labrèche and Catherine Trudeau

The film follows André Mathieu (1929-1968), a Canadian pianist, from his childhood to the his days as an adult. While many piano teachers he had described him as a man full of talent, Mathieu will finish his life in solitude and alcohol at the age of 39 years old.

A Wake
Director: Penelope Buitenhaus
Starring: Graham Abbey, Raoul Bhaneja, Sarain Boylan, Martha Burns, Nicholas Campbell and Krista Sutton

After the mysterious death of their infamous director, members of a formerly renowned theatre group reunite for his wake. The grieving widow welcomes the thespians to her country house, but the drama intensifies when old rivalries and jealousies erupt, exposing a myriad of secrets and lies.

Off World
Director: Mateo Guez

Off World is a docu-fiction that follows Lucky, a young Toronto man who embarks on a life-changing journey to his birthplace, a vast slum called Smokey Mountain. As he finally reveals himself to the family he had no idea still existed, Lucky finds more than just the answers to his questions about his origins.

The Bang Bang Club
Director: Steven Silver
Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, Malin Åkerman, Frank Rautenbach and Neels Van Jaarsveld

The film takes place in South Africa in the early 1990s. The film show the final days of the apartheid through the eyes and lens of four young photographers who will be called by the world the Bang Bang Club.

Director: Elise Swerhone

Athlete and artist. Dedication and drive. Body and soul. A prima ballerina is born from this sophisticated fusion... and to make it, she has to have it all before she's even had her first date. The documentary TuTuMUCH takes us on the behind-the-scenes journey of what it takes to embark on a dance career.

10 1/2
Director: Podz
Starring: Claude Legault and Robert Naylor

10 ½ tells the story of 10-year-old Tommy, well-known by social services. This troubled boy, who spurns both authority and affection, is deemed a lost cause. Only Gilles, his new educator, can discern a ray of hope in the eyes of this child. Is this Tommy’s last chance?

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