Québec cinematographic talent was under the spotlight at the 2014 London Film Festival (LFF) organised by the British Film Institute (BFI), which drew to a close last Sunday 19 October.
During the course of the 12 day-long festival, 3 Québec films were presented in the 3 most prominent categories of the event; the Dare Gala and the Headline Gala for 2 feature films, respectively Mommy directed by Xavier Dolan and Wild directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, and in the Documentary Competition category for Guidelines by Jean-François Caissy. The latter was present for the showing of his film on 13 October and for the Q&A session which followed. In addition to these box-office successes, festivalgoers were also able to see 3 short films with Québec envolvement, namely : Catching a Lion featuring the actress Isabelle Giroux, Hole by Martin Edralin, Nevermind staring Sophie Cadieux by Jean-Marc E. Roy and finally, Lynn Smith’s Soup of the Day.
One of the festival highlights was the presence of the young director Xavier Dolan, for his film Mommy which premiered in London to a full-house, last Thursday 16 October, at the West-End Odeon. Québec’s Agent-General, Mr Stéphane Paquet, was able to meet the director and his agent, Nancy Grant.