Oscars: Canada Submits 'Felix and Meira' for Foreign-Language Category

Felix and Meira
Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

The French-language romancer focuses on a young woman who leaves her faith and Montreal's Orthodox Jewish community to fall in love with a young man.

Felix and Meira, the 2014 feature by the director Maxime Giroux, will be Canada's submission for the Oscar for best foreign-language film, the country’s film financier, Telefilm Canada, announced Friday.

The Canadian film from indie producer Metafilms portrays Meira, a young Hasidic woman played by Hadas Yaron, who leaves her faith to start a romance with a French-speaking young man (Martin Dubreuil). Oscilloscope Laboratories earlier released Felix and Meira stateside after it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and screened in competition in San Sebastian.

Felix and Meira, Giroux's third feature set against the backdrops of Montreal, Brooklyn and Venice, Italy, earlier won the best Canadian feature film prize in Toronto, and another four Canadian film prizes at the Whistler Film Festival. The indie also stars Luzer Twersky, Anne-Elizabeth Bosse, Benoit Girard and Josh Dolgin.

Canada has had four nominations in the Oscar's best foreign language film category in the last six years. These include nods for Denis Villeneuve's Incendies, Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar and Kim Nguyen's Rebelle, and another nomination for Agnieszka Holland's In Darkness, a Poland-Germany-Canada co-production.

Xavier Dolan's Mommy was Canada's foreign-language Oscar submission last year, but failed to snag a nomination. Deny Arcand's 2003 indie drama The Barbarians Invasions is the last Canadian film to have won the foreign-language Oscar.

The 88th Academy Awards will be held in Hollywood on Feb. 28, 2016.