Two Award-Winning Films to Be Presented at the 41st Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival

With only 50 days to go before the start of the festivities, the Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival is unveiling two additional feature films to its program: LES PIRES by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret as well as LE SIXIÈME ENFANT, the first feature film by filmmaker Léopold Legrand.

LES PIRES WILL CLOSE THE 2022 FESTIVAL

 

Recipient of the Diamond Valois for best film at the 2022 Angoulême Festival and the Un certain regard Prize at the 2022 Cannes Festival, the French film Les Pires, by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret will have its Quebec premiere on November 3, 2022, at the Théâtre du cuivre in Rouyn-Noranda.

This film, which required long immersion work on the part of the directors as well as meeting with hundreds of children, features a film shoot in Boulogne-sur-Mer, in the north of France. During the casting, four teenagers, Lily, Ryan, Maylis, and Jessy are chosen to play in the film. Everyone is astonished in the neighbourhood: why did they only take “the worst”?

Having both worked in casting and coaching children for the cinema, Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret were inspired by their own experience in the field to create this film that skilfully navigates between reality and fiction. The directors explain their approach: “We believe the film starts with a raw, almost documentary feel, and then gradually opens up the field to fiction, as if it were going from life to film. We wanted the film, through its rhythm and movement, to gradually develop in emotion, scope, and transcend the framework of this story, we hope, to touch on the universal.”

LE SIXIÈME ENFANT IN THE SUNDAY AFTERNOON SECTION

Le sixième enfant, first feature film by filmmaker Léopold Legrand, will be screened during the famous Sunday afternoon section of two feature films, in the same section as François Desagnat’s Zaï Zaï Zaï Zaï.

Winner of the Audience Award, Best Music Award, Best Screenplay Award, as well as the Double Best Actress Award for actresses Sara Giraudeau and Judith Chemla at the 2022 Angoulême Film Festival, The Sixth Child tells the story of an unthinkable arrangement between a precarious family of five children with a sixth on the way, and a couple of lawyers who can’t have children.

TICKETS

Please note that passports as well as tickets for the opening night and the conference brunch will go on sale on September 16. The complete program will be announced on October 11 and all individual tickets will go on sale in mid-October.

Tickets and passports are available at www.festivalcinema.ca or by calling the Théâtre du cuivre at (819) 797-7133.

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