Oscars: Canada Names 'Gabrielle' as Foreign Language Contender

10:48 AM PST 09/24/2013 by Etan Vlessing

Louise Archambault's drama about a mentally challenged woman’s quest for independence and sexual freedom bowed in Locarno, where it won an audience award.

TORONTO – Canada has chosen Louise Archambault's Gabrielle as its contender in the best foreign language film category at the upcoming Academy Awards.

The drama about a developmentally challenged woman’s quest for independence and sexual freedom bowed in Locarno, where it won an audience award.

The Quebec film then had a North American premiere in Toronto.

The French language romancer stars newcomer Gabrielle Marion-Rivard in a semi-autobiographical role where she performs opposite Alexandre Landry as her lover.

Telefilm Canada executive director Carolle Brabant unveiled Canada's Oscar choice during a press conference in Montreal.

The Canadian film is produced by Montreal-based micro_scope, which also produced two earlier Canadian best foreign language candidates at the Academy Awards in Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar and Denis Villeneuve's Incendies.

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