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Telefilm congratulates Canadian winners at Berlinale

21 February 2011

Montreal, February 21st 2011 – Telefilm Canada congratulates Stéphane Lafleur, Guy Nattiv and Patrick Doyon for their successes at the Berlin International Film Festival , that closed yesterday.
“The recipients of these prizes have a lot to be proud of,” declared Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “This prestigious recognition serves as a testament to not only their talent as filmmakers, but to the quality of work produced by our industry as a whole.”

Familiar Grounds, by Stéphane Lafleur, picked up a prize from the Ecumenical Jury for a film from the Forum. The movie, produced by micro_scope, depicts the fragility of human relationships and was particularly praised for its soundtrack and how symbiotically it flows with the visual imagery. The movie was also presented at the opening ceremony of the 29th edition of Les Rendez-Vous du cinéma québécois (RVCQ), last Wednesday. More information on the movie can be found here.

Guy Nattiv received a Special Mention from the Generation Kplus Children’s Jury for his International Premiere Mabul. Jurors were especially keen on how the story slowly developed into a loving relationship between two brothers, who acted out their roles brilliantly. It was produced by United Media Channels in Israel, Intuitive Picture in Canada, K5 International in Germany and MACT in Paris. The trailer can be viewed here.

Dimanche, by Patrick Doyon, also received a Special Mention, this one from the Generation Kplus International Jury 2011. The animation illustrates a young boy’s journey, as seen through the eyes of a child.  It is a quirky fable produced by the National Film Board of Canada. A trailer can be viewed here.

About Telefilm Canada
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Media inquiries:
Élise Proulx
Telefilm Canada
514-283-0838 or 1-800-567-0890, ext. 2090