Province spotlights talent at first L.A. event

Quebec has taken over Hollywood, with the first festival devoted to showcasing the work of French-Canadian talent, from film to music and food, running to Sept. 25.

The celebration ends with the Sept. 25 premiere of “Iris” from Cirque du Soleil, which brought its first show outside Canada to Los Angeles in 1986.

Yanick Godout of L.A.’s Quebec government office said the fest is the largest Canadian-focused event ever organized in California.

The Quebec government, which provides substantial support to the arts, is hoping to help open doors for Quebec creatives to network with their Hollywood counterparts. Godout said studio execs and tech pros have been invited to the film, fashion and music events to meet with Canuck talent.

The film portion of the fest kicks off Friday with a red-carpet premiere at the Egyptian Theater of Quebecois comedy “Starbuck,” with Canuck talent such as William Shatner, Donald Sutherland and Jason and Ivan Reitman expected to attend. Up-and-coming Canadian thesps like Jessica Pare and Emily VanCamp are also set to appear.

Saturday’s Egpytian screenings are “A Sense of Humor” and “Funkytown”; “The Salesman” and “Curling” unspool Sunday.

The pics selected topped the Quebec box office this year and were picked for their remake potential.

In addition to a clutch of events focused around Quebec cuisine and fashion, a Quebec night Thursday at the Comedy Store will feature standup Sugar Sammy. The hub of the event is the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which hosts Quebec-themed happy hours each evening until Sunday.

“There’s a big buzz around the arrival of ‘Iris,’” Godbout said. “It’s part of their mentality to support Quebec culture.”

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