Special screening of the film “De père en flic” in Ottawa, attended by the Honourable James Moore

A Canadian success story, the film has already taken in almost $11 million at the box office

Montréal, October 22, 2009 – A special screening of the film “De père en flic” will be held for Members of Parliament in Ottawa on October 27, 2009. The film is being screened at the invitation of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, in concert with Alliance Vivafilm, Cinémaginaire inc., Super Écran, an Astral Media network, and Telefilm Canada.

The screening will provide MPs with the opportunity to discover a high-quality Canadian film, at the initiative of the Minister of Canadian Heritage. The screening will be held in the auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada and will be followed by a reception.

The comedy “De père en flic” has been a major hit at the box office, earning close to $11 million since its theatrical release in Quebec this past July. Written and directed by Émile Gaudreault, co-written by Ian Lauzon and produced by Denise Robert and Daniel Louis of Cinémaginaire, it stars Michel Côté and Louis-José Houde. Also in the cast are Rémy Girard, Caroline Dhavernas, Robin Aubert, Patrick Drolet, Luc Senay, Pierre Collin, Normand D’Amour, Patrice Coquereau, Jici Lauzon, Sylvie Boucher and Jean-Michel Anctil. The film received funding support from Telefilm Canada.

“De père en flic” tells the story of two cops, Jacques and Marc, his son, who don’t get along but who have to work together as a team. Their mission: to find a colleague who has been kidnapped by a biker gang. Their mission’s success hinges on the lawyer for the bikers, Charles Bérubé, who finds himself experiencing a full-blown crisis of conscience and who might be ready to cooperate with the police. But getting access to the lawyer is impossible. Jacques and Marc go undercover, pretending they’re real-estate agents in an attempt to get up close and personal with Bérubé. They find themselves participating in a father-son therapy activity in the forest. Will they earn Bérubé’s trust and coax him into revealing what he knows about the case? “De père en flic” is both a classic cop movie and a hilarious look at father-son relationships.

“With box-office earnings of close to $11 million, “De père en flic” has become the biggest French-language hit movie of all times in the country,” said Michel Roy, Chair of Telefilm. “I should add that it is an honour for Telefilm to be working with such outstanding partners to produce, promote and distribute Canadian films—partners such as those behind “De père en flic”. It’s because of their hard work that the industry has remained so solid and vibrant.”

Developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry
Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian productions that appeal to domestic and international audiences. The Corporation also administers the funding programs of the Canada Feature Film Fund, the Canadian Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund. Visit www.telefilm.ca.

About Alliance Vivafilm
Alliance Films is a leading distributor of motion pictures in Canada, with motion picture distribution operations in the United Kingdom and Spain. The Company distributes filmed entertainment to theatres, on DVD, online and to television broadcasters. Alliance Films holds the Canadian distribution rights to the productions of leading independent studios, including CBS Films, Focus Features, The Weinstein Company, Overture Films, Apparition, The Film Department, A Bigger Boat, Grosvenor Park and Relativity Media.

About Cinémaginaire
Academy Award winning company for Barbarian Invasions by Denys Arcand, Cinémaginaire was founded by the dynamic duo Denise Robert and Daniel Louis in 1988. With more than thirty prestigious award winning films, Cinémaginaire has cumulated over a hundred international awards including an Academy Award Oscar, three French César and a David di Donatello from Italy. Their latest production, Fathers and Guns by Emile Gaudreaut gained the number one spot of all-time at the Quebec and Canadian box-office for a French language film.

About Super Écran
Super Écran is an Astral Media network. Super Écran is Canada’s only French-language pay-television network offering first-run movies, exclusive series and variety shows on four 24-hour channels, uncut and commercial free. Super Écran is also offering Super Écran Sur Demande, a Subscription Video On Demand service (SVOD) and Super Écran haute définition (SEHD). For more information, please visit www.superecran.com.  

Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television, radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia. Astral Media’s solid and dynamic presence in the country’s major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its audiences. For more information, please visit www.astralmedia.com.

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Media inquiries:

Eva Hartling
Senior Advisor, External communications
Telefilm Canada
514-283-0838 or 1-800-567-08920, ext. 2090
hartlie@telefilm.ca  

Annie Tremblay
Senior Director of Communications
Film Division, Alliance Vivafilm
514-878-4979
annie.tremblay@alliancefilms.com