2nd Editon of the ETFF Rated Overall Success
ET MAINTENANT, ON VA OÙ? From Nadine Labaki
Wins People’s Choice Award 2012
Brome Lake, August 21, 2012 – The curtain came down on the second edition of the Eastern Townships Film Festival (ETFF) Sunday evening with an outdoor screening of the Beatles cult film by director George Dunning, YELLOW SUBMARINE on the grounds of the town’s Pettes Memorial Library. A collaboration with the town and its store owners, the screening was preceded by the announcement of the People’s Choice Award for 2012 presented by Festival spokesperson Pascale Bussières. The film, ET MAINTENANT, ON VA OÙ? from Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, was awarded a work of art from artist Brigite Normandin.
Festival Director Pepita Ferrari estimated as much as a twofold increase over last year’s attendance at the different screening locations to see the 33 films on offer from a widely praised program.
Amongst the many feature films reaping accolades was the opening film, CAMION, directed by Rafaël Ouellet, a premier that screened to a packed theatre in the presence of the director, his producer, Stéphanie Morissette and the film’s main actor Julien Poulin. Other much appreciated films included Sébasien Pilote’s LE VENDEUR, THE LADY from Luc Besson and THE ARTIST by Michael Hazanavicius, as well as lesser known discoveries such as the Basque production NOMADAK TX and from Norway, HEADHUNTERS, directed by Morten Tyldem, to name only a few.
Repeating last year’s formula, the ETFF programming also included shorts, documentaries and films for youth, providing festival-goers another opportunity to see some high quality films that may not have previously received wide public exposure.
Special invited guests to the ETFF this year included directors such as Paule Baillargeon, presenting her film TRENTE TABLEAUX during an afternoon program of art documentaries. Also attending were directors Yanick Létourneau (THE UNITED STATES OF AFRICA), Bill Stone (TRIUMPH OF THE WALL), Louise Abbott (GIVING SHELTER: HISTORIC BARNS OF THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS) and Simon Gauvin (APPALACHES). On offer for the first time this year were workshops on film-related topics, a component that festival organizers anticipate expanding upon and bringing back next year. Amongst the special events was HYPNOTICA, hosted by Albert Nerenberg offering audience members a demystification of the fascinating world of hypnosis, at times using astonishing archival film clips. Adding a thrill to the evening was the opportunity for attendees to be hypnotized.
For a second year, prizes were awarded for the ShortandSweETFF competition, with entries featuring this year’s theme of eating properly. In the 9 – 13 years of age category the first prize went to EXAMEN MÉDICAL, directed by Victoria Williams-Roy, Montana Shore and Alexya Robert. The short received a unanimous verdict for its originality, its clear message and its symbolic interpretation of the theme. In the 14 – 17 years of age category, the first prize went to GABI LÉV 2, directed by Philippe St-Denis with Gabriel Lévesque and Philippe St-Denis and scenario by Philippe St-Denis and Gabriel Lévesque. Jury members greatly appreciated the humoristic approach and the surprise element linked with the foods consumed as well as the excellent monologue and great performance from Gabriel Lévesque. The short film entries can be see on the competition’s website www.courtffcecourt2012.com . The competition was organized by Richard Leclerc, Publici-Terre with five jury members, Alain Bérubé, journalist at Le Guide, Pierre-Jean Cuillerrier, director and head of the Ligue d’impro in Sutton, Colin H. Paquette, scriptwriter, Mariepierre Aubin, audience representative and filmmaker Yves Langlois.
Amongst the two outdoor screenings held on Douglass Beach this year, CHASING ICE from director Jeff Orlowski, on the profound effects of global warming and climate change on the planet’s large glaciers, both shocked and amazed people with its outstanding images. A portion of all donations collected at the free outdoor screenings are being given to the family of Charlotte Lemieux, a young woman from the area who has been left parapalegic after suffering a serious fall. «With gestures like this the Festival wants to reconfirm its commitment to giving back to the community which has welcomed it,» explained Ferrari.
Ferrari went on to say that “…the Festival team has many reasons to congratulate itself: everyone worked extremely hard, often with very limited means, but we can say that we have made enormous progress this year. The programming was greatly appreciated, the film lovers were in attendance, our volunteers showed an exemplary commitment and we were lucky to have the precious support of our sponsors and other benefactors. We will continue to strive to create a festival in our area that is known for its artistic quality and that will make residents of the Eastern Townships proud.»
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