Rendez-Vous announces world premieres


MONTREAL -- Quebec's Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois film festival on Tuesday said it will bow next week with the world premiere of Alexis Durard-Brault's "Ma Fille, mon ange" (My Daughter, My Angel).

Durard-Brault's debut feature about a father attempting to stop his daughter's descent into the porn industry will bow at the Rendez-Vous before going out on theatrical release in Quebec on Feb. 16.

Other world premieres at the 25th anniversary of Rendez-Vous, Quebec's largest French-language film festival, include Denis Cote's "Nos vies privees," about two Montreal immigrants searching for love in a chatroom, Rene Bail's "Les Desoeuvres," Rafael Ouellet's "Le Cedre penche," and Charles Barabe's "Malleables journees."

In all, the Rendez-Vous will feature 250 films during its Feb. 15-24 run at Montreal's Cinemateque Quebecoise.

Rendez-Vous director Segolene Roederer told the media in Montreal that the festival lineup this year was lean creatively compared with a stellar 2006 when Quebecois films dominated the local boxoffice in Quebec.

"We're a victim of last year's success," Roederer said, citing Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallee's "C.R.A.Z.Y." as indicative of recent boxoffice success for French-language film in the province.

"It has been a mediocre year for Quebec cinema," Odile Tremblay, film critic at Montreal newspaper Le Devoir, said.

Aside from the world premieres, Tremblay said the real value in the Rendez-Vous is the series of nightly gatherings that bring artists, industry and the general public together.

The Rendez-Vous will also showcase documentaries, animated and experimental films that rarely screen in Quebec cinemas.

This year's documentary presentations include 19 world premieres, including "Ballades de Minuit" by Diego Briceno-Orduz, "Chroniques afghanes" by Dominic Morisette, "Kiviaq versus Canada" by Zacharias Kunuk, and "Posthumous Pickle Party" from Ezra Soiferman.

The Art and Experimentation sidebar will debut "Chant d'ecorce" by Suzan Vachon, "Vague du temps vague" by Alexis Landriault and "Virage" by Farzin Farzaneh as well as 11 other films.

The Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois concludes on Feb. 24 with the documentary film "Panache" by Andre-Line Beauparlant.