Toronto 2011: Co-Production Deal Inked for Geoffrey Enthoven's 'Winnipeg'

After competing with rival movies in Montreal, Michael Dobbin and Mariano Vanhoof have come together for a new theatrical comedy to be produced as a Canadian-Belgian partnership.

TORONTO -- Canadian film producer Michael Dobbin and Belgian partner Mariano Vanhoof on Wednesday shook hands in Toronto on a film co-production pact for Geoffrey Enthoven's Winnipeg theatrical comedy that has its origins in competition at the recent Montreal World World Festival.

Dobbin’s Quiet Revolution Pictures’ competed in Montreal with a world premiere for Endre Hules’ The Maiden Danced to Death.

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In the end, Dobbin had to watch as another Montreal contender, Enthoven's Hasta La Vista (Come As You Are) from Vanhoof’s Fobic Films, took home three trophies, including the top audience award and the Grand Prix des Amériques.

The Hasta La Vista comedy portrays three disabled young men on a road trip in Spain’s wine country to lose their virginity in a specialty bordello.

So when the next stop for both Dobbin and Vanhoof was Producers Lab Toronto at this week Toronto International Film Festival, it wasn’t long before the two Montreal rivals were talking co-productions.

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The result is a development and production deal between Quiet Revolution Pictures and Fobic Films for Enthoven’s next dark comedy, Winnipeg, to be set in Belgium and Canada and written by Pierre de Clercq.

The English-language film about a Belgian hotel owner who comes to Canada to break the heart of a wealthy woman he had an affair with 20 years earlier, is set for production in 2013.

The 2011 Toronto Producers Lab was a partnership between European Film Promotion, the Ontario Media Development Corporation and TIFF.

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