Thursday, April 28, 2011

Novel 'Ru' Will Be Adapted In a Film


According to the Journal de Montréal, the first novel by Canadian writer Kim Thuy, named Ru, will be heading to the big screen.

Pixcom, a production company based in Montreal, bought the right to adapt the bestselling novel which won the 2010 Governor General Literary Award for best Canadian novel in French.

For the moment, no actors nor directors, nor scriptwriter have been hired to work on the film.

Published in Quebec in 2009, the novel is cut in small chapters. The story follows a Vietnamese girl who arrived in Canada along with her parents as boat people after the Vietnam War (1964-1975).

The girl begins her Canadian life in Granby, Quebec. Afterwards, we learn that she moved to Montreal, Quebec's largest city, and that she had the opportunity to visit Vietnam.

While her book keeps having success, Kim Thuy will be at the Cinquième salle of the Place des arts in Montreal this Monday. She'll read parts of her acclaimed novel and answer people's questions.

Source: Maxime Demers. "Premier roman de Kim Thuy: Ru au grand écran", Journal de Montréal, April 27 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A 1972 Documentary on Leonard Cohen Premieres in Montreal on May 11


Two years after its digital restoration, the 1972 documentary Bird on a Wire, which follows Canadian singer Leonard Cohen during his final European tour, will be screened for the first time in Cohen's hometown. In fact, the premiere will be in Montreal's Corona Theatre on May 11 at 7 PM.

The restoration process definitely took some time.

In fact, Tony Palmer, the director of the documentary, didn't have the original version of the film. It was only in 2009 that 294 rolls of footage of the original film were finally found in a warehouse in Hollywood.

The film's original negative has yet to be found. Moreover, many of the prints were either cut and/or scratched beyond use.

Is the restoration perfect? Viewers will have the chance to ask that question to director Tony Palmer who will attend the screening at the Corona Theatre in Montreal.

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Tickets for the screening are available at this URL: http://www.evenko.ca/en/show/event/5095

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Harold Greenberg Fund Supports 26 Films

The Harold Greenberg Fund, a Canadian private cinematographic patronage program, announced the title of the 26 films that got supported by its script development program. Here are the projects:

Story Optioning

The Flying Troutmans
Four Seasons Productions Inc.
Screenwriters: Miriam Toews & Semi Chellas

The Journal of Mortifying Moments
Marcon Pictures Inc., T.L. Boulton Productions Ltd. & Calder Road Films Inc.
Screenwriters: Jill Girling & Lori Mather-Welch

The Outlander
Strada Films Inc. & Triptych Media Inc.
Screenwriter: Esta Spalding

Sailor Girl
Markham Street Films Inc.
Screenwriter: Johanna Schneller


Treatment to First Draft

Flop House
John Hazlett
Screenwriters: Darren Curtis & John Hazlett

Happy Clean, The Last Chinese Laundry
Picture Plant Ltd.
Screenwriter: William D. MacGillivray

Kill Shakespeare
Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery
Screenwriters: Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery

A Royal Day
Conquering Lion Pictures Inc.
Screenwriter: Gerald Wexler

Shanghai Follies
AMF Productions Inc.
Screenwriter: Ann Marie Fleming


First to Second Draft

Cottage Country
Whizbang Films Inc.
Screenwriter: Jeremy Boxen

One in a Million
Corey Marr Productions Inc.
Screenwriter: Matthew Bissonnette

The Outlander
Strada Films Inc. & Triptych Media Inc.
Screenwriter: Esta Spalding

Perdition City
Chain of Title Holdings Inc.
Screenwriters: Vanessa Parise & Robin Dunne

Sailor Girl
Markham Street Films Inc.
Screenwriter: Johanna Schneller

The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green
Independent Edge Films Inc.
Screenwriters: Michael Greenspan & Christopher Dodd

Whitney Don't Learn
Darius Films Inc.
Screenwriter: Stephen Kunc


Second to Final Draft 

Both Hands
7533039 Canada Inc.
Screenwriter: Michael Zaidan

The Flying Troutmans
Four Seasons Productions Inc.
Screenwriter: Miriam Toews & Semi Chellas

Hold Fast
Rock Island Productions Inc.
Screenwriter: Rosemary House

The Relationship Experiment
Devonshire Productions Inc.
Screenwriter: Elyse Friedman


Polish & Packaging

The Grizzlies 
Northwood Productions Inc.
Screenwriters: Graham Yost & Matt MacLennan

In Transit 
Foundation Features Inc.
Screenwriters: Don Woodman

Kristina of Sweden
Triptych Media Inc.
Screenwriter: Michel Marc Bouchard

Neuromancer
Fire Development Inc.
Screenwriter: Vincenzo Natali

Untitled Time Travel Project 
Resolute Management Group Inc.
Screenwriter: Richie Mehta

The White Circus 
Silo Corporation & Foundation Features Inc.
Screenwriters: Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski

Friday, April 15, 2011

'Norwegian Wood' In Select Canadian Theatres On July 15


After its release in Japan in December, Tran Anh Hung's Norwegian Wood (Noruwei no mori) will come out in select Canadian theatres on July 15 according to Cinemamontreal.com.

The film is based on a novel written by Haruki Murakami.

The story takes place in Tokyo in 1969. Kizuki (Kengo Kôra) and Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama) are both best friends.

After Kizuki's suicide, Watanabe gets closer to Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi), Kizuki's girlfriend. As both Watanabe and Naoko tries to get over their bereavement, Watanabe bonds with Midori (Kiko Mizuhara), a girl who goes with him to the same university in Tokyo.

The film will be distributed by Mongrel Media in Canada.


'XIII: The Series' Premieres April 20 on Showcase


Canal+, a French premium cable network, released the first stills and the official trailer of XIII: The Series. This TV series, which is a co-production between Canada and France, will also premiere on Showcase, a Canadian cable network, on April 20 at 10 PM.

The story is based on a Belgian comic book penned by Jean Van Hamme and drawn by William Vance. It's the follow-up of XIII: The Conspiracy, a two-part TV film. After the assassination of the first American female president, the federal government believes it has the suspect in the form of XIII (Stuart Townsend). In fact, he's in a secret prison of the CIA.


After his escape from that prison, XIII accepts a mission from Irina (Virginie Ledoyen), a mercenary with mysterious employers. Who has he worked for? Where does he come from?With the help of people he comes across, especially Maj. Jones (Aisha Tyler), XIII will try to find out who he really is and perhaps who actually assassinated the previous president of the USA. Moreover, as he advances in his investigation, XIII will discover a secret conspiracy that is linked to his past.

The TV series also stars Greg Bryk, Stephen McHattie, Paulino Nunes, Caterina Murino and Ted Atherton.

The following is a trailer from Canal+.

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'Repeaters' In Select Canadian Theatres On April 22


Carl Bessai's Repeaters will be released in select Canadian theatres on April 22 after a presence at the latest Vancouver International Film Festival.


The story revolves around drug addicts at a rehab centre who fight their inner demons and live the same day over and over again. While each have some degree of volition and are able to use this day to play out fantasies seemingly with no long term consequences, none has power to change the truth that tomorrow will be the same as yesterday. Ultimately, all are forced to make choices that will affect not only their lives but the lives of everyone around them.


The film stars Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Richard de Klerk, Benjamin Ratner, Gabrielle Rose, Teach Grant, Anja Savcic and Emily Perkins.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Trailer of TV Series 'King'

The Canadian TV series King will premiere on Showcase, a Canadian cable network, on April 17 at 9 PM. The trailer has finally been released online.

In this procedural drama, we follow Jessica King (Amy Price-Francis), a detective from the Toronto Police Department (TPD). When Sgt. Derek Spears (Alan Van Sprang) has a televised meltdown, the TPD's Major Crimes Task Force designates her as its new lead investigator. King accepts the challenge even though she survived 8 years in the Homicide section, two marriages and multiple stab wounds.

This eight-part series also stars Gabriel Hogan (The Kennedys), as Danny Sless, Jessica’s third husband and fellow police officer; Tony Nardi (Cra$h & Burn), as Police Chief Peter Graci; Suzanne Coy (Dan for Mayor), as Eleni Demaris, King's trusted subordinate; Zoe Doyle (The Border), as Det. Mk Gordon; and Aaron Poole (ZOS: Zone of Separation) as Det. Jason Collier.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

'Norwegian Wood' In Theatres In France On May 4


After its release in Japan, Tran Anh Hung's Norwegian Wood (Noruwei no mori) will come out in France on May 4.

The film is based on a novel written by Haruki Murakami.

The story takes place in Tokyo in 1969. Kizuki (Kengo Kôra) and Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama) are both best friends.

After Kizuki's suicide, Watanabe gets closer to Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi), Kizuki's girlfriend. As both Watanabe and Naoko tries to get over their bereavement, Watanabe bonds with Midori (Kiko Mizuhara), a girl who goes with him to the same university in Tokyo.

The film will be distributed by Mongrel Media in Canada. However, no Canadian release date has been confirmed. Moreover, the organizers of Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival haven't confirmed the presence of Norwegian Wood in its line-up.


Friday, April 8, 2011

'The High Cost of Living' In Canadian Theatres on April 22


Deborah Chow's The High Cost of Living will be released in select Canadian theatres on April 22 after a presence at the latest Toronto International Film Festival.

Here's how the story looks like according to the film's web site:

It starts with an accident. Henry (Zach Braff) makes a wrong turn and crashes into Nathalie (Isabelle Blais). In a fit of panic, and over the legal limit, he cuts and runs, leaving Nathalie lying in the street, unconscious, bleeding and eight months pregnant. She wakes up in the hospital only to find her bright future destroyed and the baby she is still carrying, dead. Her husband, Michel (Patrick Labbé) is too unnerved and emotionally bereft to deal with the tragedy. As her life unravels, she stumbles across Henry – who has been searching for his victim. Unaware of what he has done, Nathalie sees him as an unlikely guardian angel, everything Michel is not – compassionate, charming and a little crazy. She finds a welcome relief in the tall, rumpled stranger that seems only too willing to offer her refuge. But Henry has his own problems. His past misdeeds are catching up, and he soon discovers that the police are steadily closing in. The inevitable collision will force both Henry and Nathalie to confront loss, labour and life, and to ultimately decide whether the cost of living is worth the price.

Here's the trailer:


'Textuality' In Canadian Theatres on April 22


Warren P. Sonoda's upcoming romantic comedy Textuality will be released in select theatres in Canada on April 22.

The story follows Breslin (Jason Lewis) and Simone (Carly Pope) two successful workers in their thirties. They try to get committed in a relationship. However, in this crazy digital age, will they manage to get out of the multiple love relations they were managing on their Blackberries?

The film also stars Liam Card, Kristen Hager, Eric McCormack, Holly Elissa Lamaro, Supinder Wraich, Jim Annan, Marcello Cabezas, Kelda Cummings, Marianthi Evans, Kris Holden-Ried and Anna Cyzon.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Web Series 'La reine rouge' Premieres May 4

The anticipated web series La reine rouge, which was written by novelist Patrick Senécal, will premiere on Wednesday May 4.

The web series is made of 8 episodes which all last at least 10 minutes.

On each Wednesday, an episode will be put online at 11:59 PM. However, viewers can watch each episode for $0,99 or the whole first season for $5. The point of this is to finance the production of the series' second season and to make sure that youngsters don't see La reine rouge.

The web series La reine rouge will follow Michelle Beaulieu (Véronique Tremblay), a girl who escaped from her suburban home. Those who read the novel (or have seen the film) 5150, rue des Ormes remembers that she ran away following a killing rampage that occured in her family's house.

Now that she's in Montreal, Michelle will try to fit in. She builds friendships, looks for a job and even sees a psychologist. However, she eventually believes that this veneer of normalcy is an outright lie. Indeed, deep inside herself, Michelle knows she's a killer.

Finally, Olivier Sabino and Daniel Grou helped Patrick Senécal on this web series as directors. Moreover, the web series tries to explain what happened to the character of Michelle Beaulieu between the novels 5150, rue des Ormes and Aliss, which were both written by Senécal.


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