Quebec Rendez-Vous

The 12th annual Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois film fest will kick off Feb. 3 with the world preem of helmer Lea Pool’s latest feature, “Mouvements du Desir ,” starring Valerie Kaprisky.

Twenty-two features and 59 shorts will unspool at this Quebec-content festival, which runs Feb. 3-12 in Montreal.

As usual, the Rendez-Vous will hit the road in Quebec to present minifests in Quebec City, Hull, Rimouski and Victoriaville. For the first time, the fest will also trek across the country to debut in Vancouver Feb. 26-March 1.

The Rendez-Vous fest screens all of the Quebec productions of the past 12 months, but entries were down by 20% this year.

“It’s terrible,” fest topper Michel Coulombe said. “It’s the first year that it’s gone down as much as that. There’s less money, so there are less films.”

But 1993 still produced a crop of quality Quebec pix, according to Montreal director Denys Arcand, the new president of the board of the Rendez-Vous.

“I think the amount of films made here is quite exceptional,” Arcand said.

Jean-Claude Labrecque’s documentary “Andre Mathieu, musicien,” Micheline Lanctot’s “Deux Actrices,” Tahani Rached’s “Medecins de Coeur” and Francois Bouvier’s “Les Pots casses” are in the running for the L.E. Ouimet-Molson Prize for best Quebec film of 1993, which is chosen by the Quebec Film Critics’ Assn.

Montreal helmer Francois Girard’s acclaimed “Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould” was noteligible for the top prize because it was produced by Toronto-based Rhombus Media.

The fest will also feature a tribute to director Francis Mankiewicz, who died last year, and there will be a photo exhibit of the work of veteran cinematographer Pierre Mignot. The closing film at this year’s Rendez-Vous will be Michel Brault’s “Mon Amie Max,” a drama in which L.A.-based actress Genevieve Bujold portrays an ex-Quebec resident returning to her home province.

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