A beautiful fall in perspective for Quebec filmmakers. While Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette will be a member of the jury at the Namur International Francophone Film Festival (FIFF), in France, the film The Red Rooms, by Montreal filmmaker Pascal Plante, will be presented in Namur, but also in Mannheim, Germany .
The organization of the 28th edition of the FIFF unveiled its complete program on Thursday as well as the members of its juries, and director Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette will be part of the Feature Films jury, chaired this year by French actress Mélanie Doutey. It is therefore a return to Namur for the Quebec filmmaker who presented her film The Goddess of Fire Flies there in 2020.
Two Quebec feature films were selected in the competition this year: the psychological thriller The Red Rooms, by Montreal filmmaker Pascal Plante, and Solo, by Sophie Dupuis. A Hole in the Chest, by Jean-Sébastien Hamel and Alexandra Myotte, and Summer of Heat, by Marie-Pier Dupuis, will compete for the Best Short Film awards.
The Red Rooms will also be presented in November at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, Germany, in the Pushing the Boundaries section, dedicated to works by established directors who push the boundaries of their medium in original ways.
The festival organization writes that, in his thriller, Pascal Plante “tackles the dark underbelly of the human condition and fully immerses himself in the point of view of his female protagonist. » In The Red Rooms, released in theaters this summer, a young woman attends the trial of a man accused of murdering three girls, and her resemblance to one of them pushes her to search for the last piece of the puzzle . This film earned Pascal Plante (Nadia Butterfly, Les Faux Tatouages and La Génération Porn) four awards at Fantasia, including the Cheval Noir for best feature film.
Finally, the film Cœur de slush, directed by Mariloup Wolfe based on the eponymous novel by Sarah-Maude Beauchesne, will be presented in Germany, at the Schlingel International Youth Film Festival and at the LUCAS International Festival of Young Cinema Lovers, in the United States -United, at the Newport Beach Film Festival, and in Estonia, at the Black Nights Festival in Tallinn.