AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN
IL PLEUVAIT DES OISEAUX
2020, 127 min, Canada, Dir: Louise Archambault

In this meditative drama, award-winning director Louise Archambault (FAMILIA, GABRIELLE) weaves together the stories of three men who have gone "off the grid" into the Quebec wilderness. Living in a remote forest near a lake, Tom, Charlie and Ted’s pastoral existence is soon shattered by a sudden death in their group and by the arrival of two women: a young photographer who wants to know more about the troubled pasts of these hermits, and an elderly woman who spent most of her life institutionalized and now seeks solace in nature. Featuring an ensemble cast of Quebec stars including Remy Girard, Gilbert Sicotte, Louise Portal and Andrée Lachapelle, this tale of time and friendship was one of TIFF's "Canada’s Top Ten" of 2019. “A deceptively gentle rural drama with an ecological slant and a tone that darkens as it advances, AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN ends up delivering far more than it initially promises.” - Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter.


THE SALESMAN
LE VENDEUR
2011, Seville Pictures, 107 min, Canada, Dir: Sebastien Pilote

Friendly, widowed car salesman Marcel (Gilbert Sicotte) prides himself on remembering every customer he's ever had, and on holding the title "Employee of the Month" for 16 consecutive years. Yet the auto business in frigid rural Quebec is waning, and the onset of a tragedy irrevocably shakes up Marcel's comfortable rinse-and-repeat existence. Nominated for the World Cinema Award at Sundance 2011 and winner of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival 2011. "Impeccably acted, poignant and nuanced, assured feature gets significant assists from Michel La Veaux's wintry lensing and a score rooted in traditional Quebecois folk sounds... Might be a decades-later sequel to such '70s Canadian classics as GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD and PAPERBACK HERO." -Variety. In French with English subtitles.


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