13. March 2016 · Comments Off on #52FilmsByWomen #CdnTwist 9 – Les Êtres Chers (director: Anne Émond) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Canadian Filmmakers, Feature Films · Tags: , , ,

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.

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13. March 2016 · Comments Off on Canadian Screen Awards 2016 · Categories: Film-related, News · Tags:

The Academy’s Canadian Screen Awards is the annual awards show to celebrate the best in film, television and digital media; they are part of Canadian Screen Week (March 7 –13, 2016) and the 2-Hour Broadcast Gala will air LIVE at 8pm (9 AT | 9:30 NT) Sunday March 13, 2016 on CBC.

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terranceodetteFather Sam, an aging Roman Catholic Priest living contently at a Niagara Falls parish, receives a letter forcing his complacent life into descent. Now haunted by the memory of a teenage boy, Father Sam must reconcile the truth: did a sexual encounter take place 40 years ago? Can a moral custodian of the faithful; a dispenser of God’s grace, transcend his own Fall?

Hamilton director Terrance Odette began his career producing and directing music-TV series and specials, including over 120 music videos, before writing and directing three previous feature films Heater (2000), Saint Monica, (2002) and Sleeping Dogs, (2006). All playing to great critical acclaim, (Variety, Village Voice, MacLean’s, Globe & Mail, voted Top-Ten All-Time Canadian Films Vancouver Sun), Odette’s films have garnered numerous awards and screenings at film festivals (Sundance, Berlin, TIFF, VIFF, BFI London Film Festival, Mumbai) and toured throughout the Americas.

“One of the questions I want to explore with Fall is what does it take to be forgiven and receive redemption? All the characters are looking to reconcile something within themselves or outside of themselves. They are all slightly unfinished. That is the ambiguity of the film.” — Writer/director Terrance Odette

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Shot on location in Sault Ste. Marie and Niagara, Ontario, Fall stars Michael MurphyKatie Boland, Joel Bissonnette, Cas Anvar, Wendy Crewson and Suzanne Clément.  It was  for Best Motion Picture at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards. It screens at the Maine International Film Festival this week. Here’s the trailer.

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