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13 Nov 2014

Standing ovation for 1st Québec Cinema Showcase in London!

Québec director Claude Gagnon answering questions from the public.

As part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of its opening, the Québec Government Office in London (DGQL) presented the first Québec Cinema Showcase during the 20th French Film Festival UK from November 2 to 4.

British film buffs were treated to five feature films during the festival:

  • Starbuck by Ken Scott
  • Karakara by Claude Gagnon
  • Laurence Anyways by Xavier Dolan
  • Bestiary/Bestiaire by Denis Côté
  • Behind Closed Doors/Catimini by Nathalie Saint-Pierre

A popular opening ceremony

More than eighty people from the film industry and the press as well as some DGQL partners attended the official opening on November 2. Institut français Director Laurent Burin des Roziers, Québec Delegate General in London Pierre Boulanger and Québec director Claude Gagnon were also present.

During the three days of the festival, over 350 people attended the screenings and some twenty journalists covered the event, including journalists from BBC Culture, Time Out London and The Telegraph. Québec directors Claude Gagnon and Nathalie Saint-Pierre were also on hand for a Q&A session with the audience following the screening of their respective films.

The Showcase was made possible thanks to the support of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications in collaboration with the Institut français du Royaume-Uni (French Cultural Institute in the UK).

Agreements already signed

Agreements have already been signed with companies in the United Kingdom to distribute Starbuck and Laurence Anyways. A selection of nine Québec short films will also be presented in Glasgow and Edinburgh later in November in follow-up to the French Film Festival UK.

Popularity of Québec films around the world

“This first presentation of the Québec Cinema Showcase offers not only a window on the richness, variety and creativity of our cultural products, but also reflects the excitement and popularity currently surrounding our films across the globe,” concluded Delegate General Pierre Boulanger.

Institut français Director Laurent Burin des Roziers and Québec Delegate General Pierre Boulanger

Québec Government Office in London
Québec Cinema Showcase
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