Quebec City Film Festival: red carpet, lively neighborhood
The Quebec City Film Festival, which has become increasingly popular since its inception, had its finery on Thursday night for its opening night. The red carpet, which stretches from Place d’Youville to Palais Montcalm, welcomed several dignitaries, first and foremost the artisans of the Quebec feature film It’s Raining Birds.
Theouise Archambault (Gabrielle), did not hide his excitement to present his third film career, including most of the filming took place last year in the heart of the Montmorency forest, north of the capital.
The director was accompanied for the first night, rocked by the melodies of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra of film music, by the actors Rémy Girard, Gilbert Sicotte, Eve Landry and Éric Robidoux. Another key figure in the film, Andrée Lachapelle, was unable to travel for the occasion.
Several members of the juries were on site, including Marianne Farley, Francine Ruel, Sophie Faucher, Antoine Pilon, Julianne Cote and the caricaturist of the Sun, André-Philippe Côté.
The singer Ginette Reno was also of the evening, landed in Quebec as a great love of cinema. “I was asked to be part of the jury, but my schedule was too busy. But since I’m a movie buff, I asked if I could come the same way, one night or two. ”
In office since 2015, the CEO of the FCVQ, Ian Gailer, was all smiles to see the new entertainment district experience a first night of high traffic. Because, on this beautiful evening of late summer, in addition to the Palace Montcalm filled to the maximum of its capacity, the Diamond presented the river work of Robert Lepage, The seven branches of the river Ota, while the Capitol hosted the show of the humoristic singer Véronic Dicaire. Needless to say, parking spaces were coveted in the area …
Moments of fullness
To launch this ninth edition, the FCVQ chose to play the card of tenderness and compassion, with the adaptation of the novel The raining birds , the writer Jocelyne Saucier. This hymn to freedom, shot in nature, follows the fate of three hermits who have chosen to isolate themselves in the depths of the woods to live in their own way what they have left. A look at old age as we rarely see in cinema.
The film contains several moments of fullness, including a moving remy Girard who sings and scratches the guitar, and a touching carnal connection between Andrée Lachapelle and Gilbert Sicotte.
The FCVQ runs until September 21, with more than 200 films presented in a dozen venues.
Another highlight of the program will take place on September 19, at the Diamond, with the premiere of Vivre at 100 mph, by Louis Bélanger (Gaz Bar Blues), a native of Quebec, who came to shoot his feature film in his hometown last year.
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