FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

OPENING NIGHT

TOUT S’EST BIEN PASSÉ 

de François Ozon

On Saturday, October 30, 2021, the Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival will present the most recent film by director François Ozon, Tout s’est bien passé, in which he addresses the controversial subject of medical assistance in dying.

Shortlisted for the Palme d´Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, Tout s’est bien passé is an adaptation of the eponymous book by Emmanuel Bernheim, published in 2013 and in which she tells how she helped her own father die.

Nominated six times for the César for best film and best director, François Ozon has always enjoyed working with the greatest actresses of French cinema. Tout s’est bien passé marks the return of Sophie Marceau in a leading role, an actress long coveted by the director.

But the heart of the film is carried by the phenomenal interpretation of actor André Dussollier, confusing audiences from the first minutes of the film with his physical transformation and his impressive performance of physical distress, sprinkled with bursts of perfectly dosed humor.

 

“I was moved by the magnificent performance of the duo Sophie Marceau and André Dussollier. Come see this movie, it’s really worth it.”

– Jacques Matte, Festival President and Co-Founder.

 

Two presentations of the opening film will be held on October 30: the first at 5:00 p.m. and the second at 9:00 p.m.

CLOSING NIGHT

THE POWER OF THE DOG 

(Le pouvoir du chien)
 de Jane Campion 

Thursday November 4, 2021, on the closing evening of this 40th edition, the film The Power of the Dog, an adaptation of the American novel by writer Thomas Savage, directed by Jane Campion and co-produced by none other than Québécois, Roger Frappier, will be screened.

Set in the western Montana universe of the 1920s, brothers Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George (Jesse Plemons) are diametrically opposed.

As the great director subtly images the dire effects of toxic male empires through Phil’s character, she injects George’s character with a vulnerability, and a sweetness that balances this criticism.

When George secretly marries the widow Rose (Kirsten Dunst), Phil, drunk with anger, gets it into his head to annihilate her by using his son Peter, a sensitive and effeminate boy, as a pawn in his barbaric strategy.

It is a great honour to receive the most recent film by director Jane Campion, the first female filmmaker in Cannes Film Festival history to receive the Palme d’Or in 1993 for her film The Piano Lesson. In May 2014, she made another mark on the cinematographic world by becoming the first director to chair the feature films jury at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Of note, The Power of the Dog is a film co-produced by none other than Québécois Roger Frappier.

 

“Once again, Roger Frappier manages to leave his mark on the film scene, teaming up with Jane Campion for the success of this fantastic film.”

– Jacques Matte, Festival President and Co-Founder.

 

In addition to its festival run and its imminent release on the big screen, The Power of the Dog will be featured on Netflix on November 17.

Dates and Ticket Office

The 40th Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival will take place from Saturday, October 30 to Thursday, November 4, 2021. Espace Court will be held two days before the official opening of the Festival on October 28 and 29, 2021.

Given the current context and government measures, the sale of passports will not be considered this year. However, the purchase of individual tickets for each of the screening blocks (with assigned seats) will be available as of October 15 online or directly at the Théâtre du Cuivre in Rouyn-Noranda.

To allow you to choose the performances you want, the complete program will be available on our festivalcinéma.ca website starting Tuesday, October 12. All the relevant information concerning this 40th edition of the International Film Festival will then be revealed to you.

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