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TIFF winner Falardeau wants Canadian audience

TORONTO – Quebec filmmaker Philippe Falardeau says he doesn’t care whether his film Monsieur Lazhar is chosen as Canada’s selection for the best foreign language Oscar race.

But he admits that his producers – also behind last year’s festival winner and Oscar nominee Incendies – likely disagree.

For the second year in a row, a Quebec film has claimed the title of best Canadian feature at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Monsieur Lazhar follows in the footsteps of Incendies, which won the prestigious Toronto prize in 2010 and quickly afterwards was chosen as Canada’s submission to the Academy Awards.

Denis Villeneuve’s sweeping family drama went on to make a shortlist of five nominees feted at the Hollywood bash but lost out to Denmark’s In a Better World.

Falardeau says his first priority is to make sure Monsieur Lazhar finds a Canadian audience and does well.

“Listen, everybody has been talking to me about selections and Canadian selection for the Oscars and I try not to think about it,” Falardeau said moments after winning a prize worth $30,000.

“For me, it is not that important. I know my producer will not agree. But I want the film to do well, I want it to do well in Canada. This is my main objective and the rest will be icing on the cake.”

Falardeau says his festival win comes after a long collaboration with producer Luc Dery, of the Montreal-based film company Micro-scope.

“My producers must be doing something right because it’s the second year in a row for them,” said Falardeau, whose film follows an elementary school teacher and his relationship with two pupils.

“I’ve been working with Luc Dery for 12 years now. It’s like playing on the same hockey line – we know where we’re at on the ice rink every time. I don’t have to look, I know where he is.”

Source: Chronicle Herald

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TIFF winner Falardeau wants Canadian audience

TORONTO – Quebec filmmaker Philippe Falardeau says he doesn’t care whether his film Monsieur Lazhar is chosen as Canada’s selection for the best foreign language Oscar race.

But he admits that his producers – also behind last year’s festival winner and Oscar nominee Incendies – likely disagree.

For the second year in a row, a Quebec film has claimed the title of best Canadian feature at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Monsieur Lazhar follows in the footsteps of Incendies, which won the prestigious Toronto prize in 2010 and quickly afterwards was chosen as Canada’s submission to the Academy Awards.

Denis Villeneuve’s sweeping family drama went on to make a shortlist of five nominees feted at the Hollywood bash but lost out to Denmark’s In a Better World.

Falardeau says his first priority is to make sure Monsieur Lazhar finds a Canadian audience and does well.

“Listen, everybody has been talking to me about selections and Canadian selection for the Oscars and I try not to think about it,” Falardeau said moments after winning a prize worth $30,000.

“For me, it is not that important. I know my producer will not agree. But I want the film to do well, I want it to do well in Canada. This is my main objective and the rest will be icing on the cake.”

Falardeau says his festival win comes after a long collaboration with producer Luc Dery, of the Montreal-based film company Micro-scope.

“My producers must be doing something right because it’s the second year in a row for them,” said Falardeau, whose film follows an elementary school teacher and his relationship with two pupils.

“I’ve been working with Luc Dery for 12 years now. It’s like playing on the same hockey line – we know where we’re at on the ice rink every time. I don’t have to look, I know where he is.”

Source: Chronicle Herald

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Headline, Industry News

TIFF winner Falardeau wants Canadian audience

TORONTO – Quebec filmmaker Philippe Falardeau says he doesn’t care whether his film Monsieur Lazhar is chosen as Canada’s selection for the best foreign language Oscar race.

But he admits that his producers – also behind last year’s festival winner and Oscar nominee Incendies – likely disagree.

For the second year in a row, a Quebec film has claimed the title of best Canadian feature at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Monsieur Lazhar follows in the footsteps of Incendies, which won the prestigious Toronto prize in 2010 and quickly afterwards was chosen as Canada’s submission to the Academy Awards.

Denis Villeneuve’s sweeping family drama went on to make a shortlist of five nominees feted at the Hollywood bash but lost out to Denmark’s In a Better World.

Falardeau says his first priority is to make sure Monsieur Lazhar finds a Canadian audience and does well.

“Listen, everybody has been talking to me about selections and Canadian selection for the Oscars and I try not to think about it,” Falardeau said moments after winning a prize worth $30,000.

“For me, it is not that important. I know my producer will not agree. But I want the film to do well, I want it to do well in Canada. This is my main objective and the rest will be icing on the cake.”

Falardeau says his festival win comes after a long collaboration with producer Luc Dery, of the Montreal-based film company Micro-scope.

“My producers must be doing something right because it’s the second year in a row for them,” said Falardeau, whose film follows an elementary school teacher and his relationship with two pupils.

“I’ve been working with Luc Dery for 12 years now. It’s like playing on the same hockey line – we know where we’re at on the ice rink every time. I don’t have to look, I know where he is.”

Source: Chronicle Herald

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