Cinéfranco 2015, for its 18th year, has been blessed with love and care by loyal, passionate audiences, true lovers of Francophone cinema.
What good fortune to be able to communicate one’s emotions, one’s ideas with each other and exchange personal stories triggered by films! … Cinéfranco guests enriched our universe with their own stories and their vision of the world they expressed with panache for some, with humor and grace for others and always with stunning passion. The volunteers gave us one of the most beautiful gifts there is: their time, their smile and their willingness to take a loving care of all of us. I salute your good heart! To Cinéfranco team made up of our front line warriors, Audrey and Marc, as well as of our hidden unrelenting workers (Yvette, Emilie, Mary Ellen, members of Cinéfranco Board), I owe you an eternal gratitude. You fought like lions to make Cinéfranco 2015 a real success!
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema staff has been so welcoming, warm and efficient! Thank you for allowing us to live such a great experience with you! I am forever grateful to all: those who helped us in all kinds of ways, those who came against all odds to watch one, two or many films that put stars in their eyes and throbbing emotions in their hearts… I loved chatting with members of the audience about their ideas, the enthusiasm our program of films inspired. I am lacking words to express the depth of my sincere joy, pleasure and happiness to have been able to see you again for some, to meet you, to talk to you, to hear you speak and to share my passion for cinema. One of my dearest dreams is to have the good fortune to continue with you to revel in the diverse beauty and riches of Francophone cinema!
Chloe is a young Canadian obstetrician working in a makeshift clinic in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank, where she treats pregnant women under the supervision of Michael, a French doctor. Facing daily checkpoints and the separation barrier, Chloe is confronted with the conflict and the people it affects: Rand , a patient for whom Chloe develops a deep affection; Faysal, Rand's older brother, a fervent resister; Safi, their younger brother, a child shattered by war who dreams of flying across borders; and Ava, a young soldier who lives next door to Chloe in her apartment in Israel.
Her encounter with the war draws Chloe into an adventure that's both deeply personal and as large as the land. She loses her bearings, is uprooted, and goes into freefall. There are trips that shake us and transform us. There are trips that shatter all of our certainties. For Chloe, INCH'ALLAH is such a trip.(c) eOne
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***Due to completely unforeseen circumstances, Cinefranco will be screening the film "Inch'Allah" in place of previously-scheduled "Once in a Lifetime".Refunds or exchanges will be issued for anyone who has pre-purchased their ticket, if they do not wish to attend “Inch’Allah”. All purchased tickets will be honoured for this film. For any questions or exchange/refunds requests, please email :
Patrick Aubert has already directed 12 shorts; among them, Robert & La Rousse (2010) and Jacqueline Ultimatum (2011) have been noticeably featured and prized in many festivals. His work also includes more than fifty voice demos for actors, a music video and a web-series episode.
Patrick Bossé has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Université du Québec à Montréal along with a master’s in Film Studies from Concordia University. Borrowing from both fiction and documentary, Anatomy is Bossé’s latest film, produced by Microclimat Films and co-produced with the NFB.
First a scriptwriter, then a director’s assistant, B.Cauvin became a director in 2005 with the multi-awarded film Hotel Harabati - awarded by the American magazine Variety and listed as one of the 10 best films of the year by Sight & Sound-. His second feature film The Easy Way Out, an adaptation of Stephen McCauley’s novel is already featured in many festivals’ selections (La Réunion, Istanbul, San Fransisco, Moscou, Kiev, etc).
During her film studies, Sophie B.Jacques shoots Propre, Le trou Normand and La Trappe. She then takes off to Brussels to shoot her first documentary Dimanche, nous verrons … In 2013, she makes Chaloupe, winner of the Best Screenplay Award during the SPASM festival. In 2014, she creates with Ariane Carrier-Cliche the platform « Le mois de Mai » where they share their work and creativity. Sophie is now preparing her first feature film, Pyjama.
In 2010, Marie-Ève Juste co-directed her first short, Canicule, and followed it up with a second short, With Jeff (2012), selected for the Directors' Fortnight parallel showcase at Cannes. The Sands, her third film, was presented at TIFF 2014.
M.Lanctôt is a world-renowned award-winning filmmaker known for her fascinating examinations of social chaos. Lanctôt began her acting career in 1972, winning a Genie award for best female performance for her role in La vraie nature de Bernadette.Today she also plays in cinema and television, teaches acting at Concordia University and pursues her live-action film directing career. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Jutra Lifetime Achievement Award.
Stéphane Lapointe has an impressive career as a humoristic writer, a TV show director-designer, and as a writer for Just For Laughs Festival. In 2000, he started film directing and saw his hard work recognized in 2006 as he won the Claude Jutra Award for his debut film La Vie secrète des gens heureux.
Born of a Japanese mother and a Canadian father, Ivy Y. grew up in Toronto. After graduating from cinema studies, she worked for the NFB and the Canadian Film Center. During her training at INIS, she directed two shorts - The Olive Tree and Fair Game. Fair Game has been praised across various festivals and has been awarded the Best Fiction Prize at the 2015 Student Film Festival of Quebec.
A white room. The aging bodies of actors Gilles Pelletier and Françoise Graton testify to a love that has triumphed over time, and engage in a captivating dialogue of desire, defying inertia, old age and death. This short film is a starkly pure evocation of the senses.
In an attempt to spice up their relationship, two women invite a third into their bed for the night … but awakening is painful for these two dazed lovers. Feelings of malaise, vulnerability and jealousy entwine as Patrick Aubert invites us to test the boundaries and the conventions of life as a couple.
Alice and Ève, two best friends, are spending their annual hunting trip in a secluded cabin deep in the woods. But this time, something is off and the air becomes electric. Alice pushes her friend to come clean with her true feelings. Will their friendship resist these revelations?
THE UNTAMED KIDS
Canada, 13 min
By: Renaud Lessard
Indian Summer. Canned food, cigarettes, a canoe and the river that carries Max and Ariane away. Having escaped from the city, they really know nothing about each other, but share a project. It may be a good time to embark on something new.
On one side, a seemingly endless empty field. On the other, a blackened lake extends into the distance. And in-between, just a small tent, a campfire and a car; the only way out. If only François knew how to drive…
A FRENCH CANADIAN GIRL
Canada, 6 min 09 sec
By: Charles Grenier
When Thomas Stein, a Francophile from Toronto, meets Jeanne, a hung-over Montréalaise, at a laundromat, it is love at first sight - at least for Thomas! Filtered through the man’s overeager and quirky imagination, they embark on a romantic escapade to find the person who stole Jeanne’s bed sheets. Delectably sweet and hilarious at the same time.
A group of friends spend the weekend in a remote cabin in the woods. One of them brings her young, black boyfriend, leading to forbidden games and revealing the prejudices lurking in a so-called progressive society. A beautiful and deeply disturbing film.
FREE SCREENING (85min) - FOLLOWED BY A ROUND TABLE WITH THE DIRECTORS (35min)