Canadian Films on the International Stage
Telefilm Canada has announced that five Canadian directors will premiere at the 63rd edition of the Locarno Film Festival, held August 4 to August 14, 2010 in Locarno located on the Italian-Swiss border.
Two features, Curling from filmmaker veteran Denis Côté and L.A. Zombie (Germany/USA/France) from director Bruce Labruce, have been accepted to the prestigious International Competition, where they will be among the 20 films from around the world competing for the “Pardo d’oro” prize (The Golden Leopard).
“Locarno has a long and important history as a hotbed for the new generation of international filmmakers,” said Sheila de La Varende, Director, National and International Business Development at Telefilm Canada. “So many Canadian productions competing on this prestigious world stage is proof of our unique voice and artistic vision,” she added.
“Under three different artistic directions at the Festival, my work has always been encouraged and respected,” said Canadian filmmaker and Locarno veteran Denis Côté. “Without Locarno, the international visibility for my films would have been altogether different. It manifests as highly cinephile, for which I am eternally grateful.” Denis Côté has won five awards in five years at Locarno, including prizes for the films Les États Nordiques (2005), Nos vies privées (2007) and Elle veut le chaos (2008).
The other Canadian films selected to present at this year’s Festival include:
Ivory Tower – Adam Traynor
Jo pour Jonathan – Maxime Giroux
You are There – Daniel Cockburn
Les Lignes ennemies – Denis Côté
More Canada at Karlovy Vary
Last week, from July 2 to July 10, six Canadian films were presented at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. Catherine Martin’s Trois temps après la mort d’Anna made its world premiere in the Official Selection, the only North American film featured in the Festival’s Competition this year. Meanwhile, Patrick Demers’ feature film debut Jaloux had its world premiere in the Forum of Independents Competition.
Here are the other Canadian films at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival:
Les Amours imaginaires – Xavier Dolan
Chloe – Atom Egoyan
Tucker and Dale Vs Evil – Eli Craig (Canada/USA)
Mr. Nobody – Jaco Van Dormael, (Canada/Belgium/France/Germany)