Québec cinema will be in the limelight from February 4 to 14 during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), one of the four major filmfests in the Los Angeles area.
Each year, the SBIFF zeroes in on cinema from a specific nation via its “Focus On...” section. For its 25th-anniversary edition, the Festival has decided to introduce California filmgoers to Québec’s high-quality cinema. Film buffs will have a chance to enjoy 13 of Québec’s most popular, critically acclaimed films from 2009 and 2010: Vital Signs (Les signes vitaux), by Sophie Deraspe; I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère), by Xavier Dolan; The Legacy (La donation), by Bernard Émond; Je me souviens, by André Forcier; The Wild Hunt, by Alexandre Franchie; Father and Guns (De père en flic), by Émile Gaudreault; City of Shadows (La Cité), by Kim Nguyen; Sticky Fingers (Les doigts croches), by Ken Scott; 1981, by Ricardo Trogi; Polytechnique, by Denis Villeneuve; the documentary Last Train Home, by Lixin Fan; and two short films, In Cold Love, by Frank Blasess, and Danse macabre, by Pedro Pires. The films will screen three times each during the 11-day festival. Seven of the 13 Québec productions are included in the official competition.
The Québec government office in Los Angeles (DQLA) will hold a large-scale, red-carpet reception on February 8 for the Québec filmmakers and actors who attend the SBIFF, namely François Arnaud (I Killed My Mother), Jean-Pierre Bergeron (Sticky Fingers), Sophie Deraspe (Vital Signs), Lixin Fan (Last Train Home), Alexandre Franchi (The Wild Hunt), Gaston Lepage (Je me souviens) and Ricardo Trogi (1981).
This collaborative initiative by the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and the DQLA is a prime opportunity to make Québec films and the people who make them known to the numerous Hollywood producers, distributors, agents and industry media representatives who take part in the SBIFF.
The 25th edition of the SBIFF will feature about 200 films, including 18 world premieres, 28 U.S. premieres and a wide selection of films from 45 countries.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Québec Government Office in Los Angeles