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Quebec filmmakers added to Cannes Film Festival sidebars

April 22, 2014 - 8:46 AM

CANNES, France - Count on plenty of Canuck content at Cannes this year — three more Canadian films have been added to the prestigious film showcase.

Stephane Lafleur's francophone drama "Tu dors Nicole" (You sleep Nicole) and the animated short film "Jutra," from Marie-Jose Saint-Pierre, are part of the directors' fortnight, a sidebar highlighting emerging auteurs.

Meanwhile, the international critics' week sidebar includes Remi St-Michel's short film "Little Brother" (Petit frere).

The films are in addition to three previously announced titles vying for the Palme d'Or — David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars," Atom Egoyan's "The Captive" and Xavier Dolan's "Mommy."

That's on top of Canuck actor Ryan Gosling, who is set to make his directorial debut with "Lost River" in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, and Canadian director Dean DeBlois, who makes the out-of-competition slate with DreamWorks' animated feature "How To Train Your Dragon 2."

The Cannes Film festival runs May 14 to 25.

Telefilm Canada describes Lafleur's drama as about a woman "enjoying the family home while her parents are away ... until her older brother Remi shows up with his music group. The summer then takes an unexpected turn for Nicole and her best friend Veronique."

"Tu dors Nicole" comes from the same Quebec production company behind "Monsieur Lazhar," "Gabrielle" and "Enemy."

And "Jutra" is a 13-minute film that draws on archival footage and animated sequences to profile Quebec filmmaker Claude Jutra, director of "Mon oncle Antoine."

Saint-Pierre directs and produces the film in co-production with the National Film Board.

Claude Joli-Coeur, acting government film commissioner and NFB chairman, describes the film as "an original mix of animation and documentary" that "juxtaposes the two genres to push the boundaries of filmmaking."

The directors' fortnight, which takes place May 15 to 25, will open with Celine Sciamma's "Girlhood" and close with Matthew Warchus's period drama "Pride," about a group of LGBT activists raising money to support striking mineworkers during the Margaret Thatcher era.

The rest of the 19-film slate includes John Boorman's Korean War-set drama "Queen and Country," Frederick Wiseman's documentary "The National Gallery," Bruno Dumont's detective story "Li'l Quinquin," Sundance grand jury prize winner "Whiplash" and a restored version of Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

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