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26 May 2010

Québec films win awards in California

Lixin Fan with Yanick Godbout (on the left), chargé d’affaires at the Québec government office in Los Angeles, and Stewart Beck, Canadian Consul General in San Francisco.

Last Train Home, by Montréal filmmaker Lixin Fan, won the prestigious Golden Gate Award in the documentary feature category at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), one of the most respected filmfests in the United States and the oldest in North America.

Last Train Home draws viewers into the lives of a family of Chinese migrant workers from the province of Sichuan, the Zhangs, who are torn between the countryside, where they left their children behind with their grandmother, and the city, which has become their sole source of income.

The Golden Gate Award for best documentary feature comes with a $25,000 cash prize. Lixin Fan’s film also won Québec’s Jutra Award for Best Documentary and the Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

On May 3, the Québec government office in Los Angeles celebrated filmmaker Lixin Fan’s SFIFF participation by holding an event for people from the film industry and the San Francisco media.

Two other Québec films, The Wild Hunt and 3 Saisons, were honoured at the Newport Beach and Beverly Hills film festivals. Jim Donovan’s 3 Saisons won two major prizes — the Golden Palm Award and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film — in Beverly Hills, and Alexandre Franchi’s The Wild Hunt was singled out as an Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking in Newport Beach.

Thanks to efforts by the Québec government office in Los Angeles (DQLA) targeting festival organizers, with support from the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Québec films are included on a regular basis in the programs for the leading festivals in the 13 western U.S. states served by the DQLA.

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San Francisco International Film Festival
Québec government office in Los Angeles
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