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28 Aug 2013

Québec shines at festival in Angoulême

Not only did the Festival du film francophone d’Angoulême (FFA) present a tribute to Québec cinema, it gave Gabrielle, the feature-length film by Louise Archambault, two of the Festival’s seven awards.

The jury, which was presided over by French actress Catherine Frot, presented the "Valois" for best actor to Quebec's Alexandre Landry. Gabrielle also won the "Valois Magelis” for best film, the award presented by the Magelis pôle image student jury. Both awards were presented on Tuesday, August 27 during the festival's closing ceremony, which featured a performance by Robert Charlebois, who played himself in Gabrielle.

Vic & Flo ont vu un ours by Québec filmmaker Denis Côté was another one of the ten films in the official competition.

Tribute to Québec cinema

The 2013 FFA paid tribute to Québec by screening no less than 10 feature-length films. This included a wide range of films that have left their mark on the cinematic landscape both in Québec and abroad, such as:

  • The Death of a Lumberjack by Gilles Carle
  • Léolo by Jean-Claude Lauzon
  • C.R.A.Z.Y. by Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Heartbeats by Xavier Dolan
  • Gina by Denys Arcand
  • My Friend Max by Michel Brault
  • Bittersweet Memories by Denise Filiatrault
  • The 3 Little Pigs by Patrick Huard
  • Kamouraska by Claude Jutra
  • Anne Trister by Léa Pool

Two of Denys Arcand’s films, The Decline of the American Empire and Barbarian Invasions, were also screened outdoors. Finally, 1er amour, the feature-length fiction film by Guillaume Sylvestre, was shown in the General Delegates’ Favourites category.

The first declaration of intent is signed

Maka Kotto, Québec’s Minister of Culture and Communications, was on a mission in Angoulême from August 23 to 25, accompanied by Michel Robitaille, Québec’s Delegate General in Paris, to mark this tribute and meet with French ministers Aurélie Filippetti and Yamina Benguigui. Ministers Kotto and Benguigui signed a declaration of intent concerning cultural cooperation on behalf of their respective governments.

It is also worth noting that this showcase of culture was made possible thanks to a contribution from the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and the Québec Government Office in Paris.

Québec Government Office in Paris
MCC – Declaration of intent concerning cultural cooperation
(in French)
FFA – Tribute to Québec (in French)

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