Saturday, July 31, 2010

Three Canadian Films at the 67th Venice Int'l Film Festival

Telefilm Canada, a Canadian federal funding agency, announced ([1] and [2]) that three Canadian films will be screened at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, which will take place from September 1 to 11.

The first film is Denis Villeneuve's Incendies, an adaptation of a play written by Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad. It tells the story of Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette), two twins, who travel to Lebanon. After they had read their dead mother's (Lubna Azabal) will to find a father they thought dead and a brother they've never heard of with the help of Lebel (Rémy Girard), a notary. The film will be presented during the Venice Days, a parallel section of the festival

The second film will be Richard J. Lewis's anticipated film Barney's Version, an adaptation of Mordecai Richler's acclaimed novel. We follow Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti), a Jewish from Montreal during his adventures in Europe. In the story, we learn that Barney feels in love for the first time in his life. This is why he'll be married to three different wives (Rachelle Lefevre, Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver) at different periods of his life. Finally, the film also star Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Greenwood, Saul Rubinek, Clé Bennett, Macha Grenon, Ellen David, Mark Addy, the late Maury Chaykin and Harvey Atkin. Besides, it will be part of the official selection.

The third one will be Nicolás Pereda's Summer of Goliath, which will be screened as part of Orizzonti, a competitive section dedicated to new trends in world cinema. A Canada-Mexico-Netherlands co-venture produced by Enchinga Films (Toronto), the film was financed in Canada through the Canada Council of the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. Blending fiction and documentary, Summer of Goliath portrays people suffering the effects of the loss of loved ones, broken promises, disconnection and eternal longing.

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