31. January 2016 · Comments Off on #52filmsbywomen #CdnTwist 3 – The Altruist (director: Micheline Lanctôt) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Feature Films · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
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This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for week 3 is the film The Altruist (2015) by director Micheline Lanctôt.

“On a bitingly cold winter night, Lucie, an introverted young woman, offers shelter to Eloi, a homeless man on the verge of freezing to death in the streets. This charitable gesture will entwine the two of them in a complex relationship and help them to find fresh hope, each in their own way.” — iTunes

Micheline Lanctôt was born in Frelighsburg, Quebec. Her post-secondary education was in music, fine arts and theatre at Collège Jésus-Marie in Outremont, and in art history (at the Université de Montréal and the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal) before switching to film animation, which she did originally at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and then at Gerald Potterton’s studios, Potterton Productions, where she remained for four years.

Lanctôt began her acting career in 1972, winning an Etrog (now called a Genie) award for best female performance for her starring role in Gilles Carle’s La vraie nature de Bernadette. Since then, she has appeared in a wide variety of film and television roles, such as Les Corps Célestes (again by Carle); Ted Kotcheff’s award-winning The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Blood Relatives (by Claude Chabrol) and Guy Fournier’s Radio-Canada TV series, Jamais deux sans toi.

She began her film-directing career with L’Homme à tout faire (1980), nominated for best direction and for best film at the Canadian Film Awards in 1981. This success was followed by Sonatine (1984), which launched the career of Pascale Bussières and won both the Genie for best direction at the Canadian Film Awards and the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.” — Wikipedia


The Altruist stars Robin AubertBrigitte Pogonat and Gabriel Oséciuk.  You can find it on Netflix Canada and for rent on iTunes Canada. Use the CONTACT US page or the comments on Facebook/YouTube to recommend other Canadian films directed by women that should be on the list.  Also include a link to where they are available on SVOD or VOD so we can check them out.

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Cheers, Jith.
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Posts for #52filmsbywomen Canadian twist so far:

#1 Sabah: A Love Story (2005) by director Ruba Nadda

#2  The Whistleblower (2005) by director Larysa Kondracki

#3  The Altruist (2015) by director Micheline Lanctôt

 

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