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Canada Picks ‘Gabrielle’ as Foreign-Language Oscar Entry

24 September 2013 11:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gabrielle,” Quebec director Louise Archambault’s drama about a developmentally disabled music prodigy who finds love with a fellow choir member, will represent Canada for consideration as a best foreign-language film Oscar nominee, it was announced Tuesday by Telefilm Canada, which chairs the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee.

The film, which stars Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, won the audience award at the Locarno film festival this past summer, and also screened at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month.

This marks the third time a film produced by Luc Dery and Kim McGraw of Micro_scope has been selected to represent Canada; the Montreal prodco’s previous titles Philipp Falardeau’s “Monsieur Lazhar” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies” both went on to receive a nomination in the foreign-language category.

“Over the last several years, Canada’s film industry has done our country proud with three nomination for Best Foreign Language Film three years running, »

- Jennie Punter

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Gabrielle’

20 August 2013 6:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two developmentally disabled members of a Montreal choir want to exert independence and consummate their love in Louise Archambault’s predictably sweet “Gabrielle.” Fitting into the solid market for well-made, uplifting stories about individuals with special needs fighting the odds and coming into their own, the pic can also be seen as a manipulative heart-tugger directed at self-satisfied audiences who enjoy rooting for those less fortunate than themselves. “Gabrielle” makes nice use of the expressive qualities of group singing, and Archambault generally avoids the Afterschool Special feel associated with such themes. Locarno’s public prize and healthy international sales presage popular embrace.

No doubt producer Luc Dery is hoping for a trajectory of success similar to that of his “Monsieur Lazhar,” another Locarno entry that went on to be shortlisted for the 2011 foreign Oscar. Both French-Canadian productions are high on mass appeal and feel-good emotion, aiming for a mainstream constituency »

- Jay Weissberg

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