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Fri, Feb 11, 2011
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
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DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve - CANADA

Shifting between present-day Montreal and the Lebanese civil war of the 1970s, the story starts at the reading of twin brother and sister Simon and Jeanne’s mother’s will. It is revealed that they have a brother whom they never knew about and a father who is still alive. Their mother, Nawal, gives them the task of finding the two and delivering them her sealed letters. As the film cuts between the twins’ search and flashbacks to Nawal’s difficult past, Simon and Jeanne learn about their mother’s heart-breaking story and discover surprises about themselves. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed stage play, Villeneuve crafts an intricate and tragic cinematic epic that examines the roots of war, hatred, and enduring love. (130 mins.)

Selected Filmography: 32nd Day of August on Earth (98), Maelström (00), Polytechnique (09).

This year’s Canadian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

In French and Arabic.

Sponsored by Delta Airlines.


Interests: Oscar Submissions, Narrative Feature.

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