Cannes Film Festival | Many Quebec shorts at the film market

Around ten Quebec films will be offered to international buyers at the “Short Film Corner”, the official short market in Cannes.

André Duchesne

André Duchesne


A scene from the documentary short The south wind

The south wind, by Aucéane Roux, Joutel, by Alexa-Jeanne Dubé, In the Jam Jar, by Colin Nixon, Lost in Paradise, by Virgile Ratelle, Operation Wolverine, by Nicolas Krief, Love me by Romane Garant-Chartrand, and Rosa, by Jean-Michel Gervais and Gabriel J. Lemay, are among others listed on the market.

The first three films are part of Telefilm Canada’s Talent tout court program. The other four are under the Courts du Québec program of programmer Danny Lennon and have won awards at the 17e gala Prends ça court !, held on May 7th.

Telefilm Canada also presents five short films from other provinces. Note Unicor Code, by Martin Clegg, in which we find Nahéma Ricci who defended the leading role in Antigone, by Sophie Deraspe. Actress Julia Sarah Stone, seen in feature films Pace and The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom, is also from the distribution.

Telefilm also presents the short Joe buffalo of Amar Chebib who has been talked about in recent months. This film, recently screened at the REGARD and Tribeca festivals, is dedicated to a roller skating legend who survived residential schools.


The south wind is a documentary about the arrival of Mennonite families in the village of Val Gagné, Ontario, which allows the small community to dream of a better future.

After electrifying SDR, Alexa-Jeanne Dubé is also interested in a ghost village in Joutel. We find there an elderly couple (Pierre Curzi and Marie Tifo) who, having found a raccoon on his land, decides to bury him in his old village. This situation challenges the characters in the face of their finiteness.

English-language film starring France Castel, In the Jam Jar is a tribute to motherly love through the life and dreams of a woman named Joan.

With Yasser Essoulimani and Ariel Ifergan, Operation Carcajou tells the story of a police search of a quiet family. This arouses suspicion in a young man about his father’s shady activities.


A scene from the movie Love me

Starring Laetitia Beaubien, Love me explores the themes of self-representation and the quest for love in a 17-year-old young woman.

Rosa features a psychiatrist, the Dr Gingras (Benoit Brière), who, touched by the story of a young patient (Théodore Pellerin), is deceived by appearances.

Finally, Lost in Paradise is a documentary filmed in Normandin, Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, where teenagers at the end of high school question themselves about the future while sharing their passion for snowmobiling and heavy metal music.

Other works from here

The short market catalog has more than 750 admissions, including some 35 Quebec and Canadian films.

We thus notice the presence of the film Paris-Montreal, by Jimmy Larouche (My friend Dino, The scar), where we find an ex-couple, Marie and Eric, seeking to give his love a second chance.

Ousmane, by Montrealer Jorge Camarotti, stars Issaka Sawadogo, seen in Diego star by Frédérick Pelletier. Here, the actor plays a man from Burkina Faso who, struggling with his life in Montreal, finds new meaning in his existence by forming friendships with an elderly lady.


Actress Nathalie Boltt in Watershed

Finally, Watershed, a film by Franco-Ontarian and now Vancouverite Maxime Beauchamp, tells the story of a woman having to learn to communicate with a young genius who will be the key to survival in a world where sources of drinking water have become deadly.

The Short Film Corner is a side event to the Cannes Film Festival which this year takes place from July 6 to 17.

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