The 37th Abitibi-Témiscamingue Film Festival was literally swept away by HAPPY FACE, Alexandre Franchi’s atypical feature film. There was an ovation that lasted several minutes following the screening of his film Monday evening at the Théâtre du cuivre de Rouyn-Noranda. The 725 spectators were quick to join the production team in the foyer of the theatre offering their praise and congratulations.
“We certainly experienced a great moment that will mark this 37th Festival” commented Jacques Matte, President and Co-founder. “This film deeply touched the audience by how the subject was handled but also by the acting of both professional and amateur actors.” Debby Lynch-White offers an impressive performance as a social worker that leads a self-help group, and who is also experiencing body-image issues. Val-d’Or actor, Robin L’Houmeau, demonstrates great talent and an impressive ability to work in both English and French. Robin L’Houmeau is a very promising actor: a true discovery. After the screening, we noticed how proud people of the region are to witness one of their own taking his first steps (and certainly not his last) in the film industry” observed Jacques Matte. Actors Cindy Nicholsen and Keith Widgington received many warm accolades from film-goers moved by their honest and courageous performances.
Happy Face is playing tonight at the cinéma Capitol de Val-d’Or with Alexandre Franchi and Robin L’Houmeau in attendance and is scheduled to be released in Quebec on November 9th.