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 film 8 is the film Les Êtres Chers (2015) by director Anne Émond.
Les Êtres Chers which translates to “The Loved Ones” follows a Quebecois family over 3 decades after the death of it’s patriarch and shows how the impact of love and loss transmits from one generation to the next. Directed by Montreal-based Anne Émond, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and screened at the Lucarno International Film Festival in Switzerland.
The film is up for several Canadian Screen awards including two for Émond herself, in the categories of Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. It is also up for awards in the Editing, Music, Best Actor and Actress and Best Picture categories.
Here’s the trailer for Les Êtres Chers (2015).
The film is playing at the Bytowne Cinema in Ottawa and is available to rent on iTunes Canada. Use the CONTACT US page or the comments sections on Facebook/YouTube to let me know what you think of the film and/or 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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