At first glance, the choice of director Martin Villeneuve to interpret himself the role of his late paternal grandmother in the comedy The 12 works of Imelda may seem surprising. This decision, however, will have paid off since the actor has just won the prize for male interpretation at the Canadian Film Festival in Dieppe, France.

After winning the Borsos award for best editing at the Whistler Film Festival, Martin Villeneuve’s second feature, which was released last fall, continues to attract attention.

Filmed over a period of nine years and “without any budget”, The 12 Works of Imelda recounts the last twelve years of the life of Imelda Turcotte Villeneuve, from the age of 89 to 101 years old.

Michel Barrette, Robert Lepage, Anne-Marie Cadieux and Ginette Reno are part of the cast of this film which colleague Jean Siag described as “both funny and dramatic, and completely confusing”.