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. More »

We have re-branded the festival. Please join us at the Ottawa Canadian🍁 Film Festival.

My Internship in Canada“Guibord is an independent Member of Parliament who represents Prescott-Makadewà-Rapides-aux Outardes, a vast county in Northern Quebec. As the entire country watches, Guibord unwillingly finds himself in the awkward position of holding the decisive vote to determine whether Canada will go to war. Accompanied by his wife, his daughter and an idealistic intern from Haiti named Souverain (Sovereign) Pascal, Guibord travels across his district in order to consult his constituents. While groups of lobbyists get involved in a debate that spins out of control, the MP will have to face his own conscience. My Internship in Canada (Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre) is a biting political satire in which politicians, citizens and lobbyists go head-to-head tearing democracy to shreds.” – First Weekend Club

Director Philippe Falardeau hails from Hull, Quebec and is best known for his 2011 film Monsieur Lazhar which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.  My Internship in Canada stars Patrick Huard, Suzanne Clément, Irdens Exantus, Clémence Dufresne-Deslières, Sonia Cordeau, Paul Doucet, Jules Philip, Robin Aubert and Micheline Lanctôt and opens on Friday October 16th at the TIFF Lightbox in Toronto and in select theatres across Canada including the Bytowne in Ottawa.   More »