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Palm Springs Film Festival: Canadian Films Draw Praise

20 December 2013 4:27 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Canadian films and filmmakers are drawing more and more global recognition, and the 25th Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival has programmed a hefty sidebar of films from the Great White North that make a compelling case for a Canadian renaissance.

Palm Springs artistic director Helen du Toit notes that some 7% of the festival audience is Canadian, with about 70% of festival attendees traveling from outside Palm Springs.

Quebec is the engine that is driving the country’s international film aspirations, as such Quebecois helmers as Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”), Jean-Marc Vallee (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Xavier Dolan (“Tom at the Farm”) have gained international followings, and some, notably Villeneuve and Vallee, have crossed over into Hollywood.

“There’s a strong sense of identity in Quebec,” du Toit says. “An artist is in a place of honor in French Canada — in Quebec, artists are celebrated.”

French-Canadians also support their local filmmakers at the box office, »

- Carole Horst

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