Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Filmmakers Added to Cannes Film Festival Sidebar Categories

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Filmmakers Added to Cannes Film Festival Sidebar Categories

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Quebec filmmakers make cut at Cannes

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Count on plenty of Canuck content at Cannes this year -- three more Canadian films have been added to the prestigious film showcase.

Stephane Lafleur's francophone drama "Tu dors Nicole" (You sleep Nicole) and the animated short film "Jutra," from Marie-Jose Saint-Pierre, are part of the directors' fortnight, a sidebar highlighting emerging auteurs. And the international critics' week sidebar includes Remi St-Michel's short film "Little Brother" (Petit frere).

At a Tuesday news conference in Montreal, Lafleur noted the importance of the Cannes spotlight.

"When you think of major festivals, everyone knows about Cannes. Not everyone knows the movies that played at Cannes or won there a year earlier but everyone knows Cannes," Lafleur said at a press conference in Montreal.

"So, just to be associated with that, regardless of whatever category you're in, creates interest in the film right off the bat."

He said he initially didn't believe it when he heard he had made the cut.

"It took me 10 or 15 minutes to be sure that (co-producer) Kim (McCraw) wasn't having me on," he said.

Lafleur and his Quebec colleagues add their films to a growing list of Maple Leaf movies at the festival. Three previously announced titles are vying for the Palme d'Or -- David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars," Atom Egoyan's "The Captive" and Xavier Dolan's "Mommy."

That's on top of Canuck actor Ryan Gosling, who is set to make his directorial debut with "Lost River" in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, and Canadian director Dean DeBlois, who makes the out-of-competition slate with DreamWorks' animated feature "How To Train Your Dragon 2."

Lafleur said he was pleased to see so much Quebec content this year.

"I was really happy for Xavier. …

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