Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is one of four major filmfests in the Los Angeles area. Each year, it zeroes in on cinema from a specific nation via its “Focus On...” section. For its 25th-anniversary edition, held from February 4 to 14, the SBIFF introduced film buffs to Québec’s high-quality cinema.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, will be in the United States from February 21 to 25 on his first mission there since the unveiling of the Québec government’s U.S. Strategy. He will travel to Louisiana, Texas and Georgia, three high-growth states which account for an annual trade volume with Québec of nearly $7 billion.
Two young Québec filmmakers have been singled out for top honours, the Grand Jury and Audience awards, at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival.
Actress Anne Dorval from I Killed My Mother received the Award for Best Actress by the International Federation of Film Critics as part of the Palm Springs International Film Festival
Based in Santa Monica, California, the Milken Institute is one of the most influential think tanks in the western United States. Its President and CEO, Michael Klowden, was in Québec from January 19 to 21 to find out more about our economy and meet key players in the areas of economic development and research.
The Government of Québec's U.S. Strategy was unveiled on January 14 by the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, with several members of the Cabinet in attendance. One of the strategy’s purposes is to position Québec favorably within the North American economic space.
The Regulation respecting greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, the standards of which are equivalent to those adopted in California, came into effect in mid-January. Québec thereby became the first Canadian province to apply North America’s strictest standards.
On November 18, 2009, Denis Turcotte, Senior Québec Government Representative in Los Angeles was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister at Québec’s Department of International Relations and Chief of Protocol of the Government of Québec as of November 30, 2009. Mr Yanick Godbout will be Chargé d’Affaires until the appointment of a new Head of Mission.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement after Quebec, a partner in the Western Climate Initiative, announced a new ambitious target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and the introduction of a clean-car emissions standard equivalent to California’s Vehicle Tailpipe Emissions Standards:
On November 23, Premier Jean Charest and Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Line Beauchamp, unveiled Québec’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by the year 2020. By targeting a 20% reduction below 1990 levels, Québec has set a goal similar to the target established by the European Union thus becoming the leader in the fight against climate change.
Sony Pictures is acquiring the rights to the Québec-made film De père en flic, the highest-grossing French-language film ever released in Canada. Émile Gaudreault wrote the screenplay for the movie, which will be adapted for U.S. audiences.
The Québec film industry’s discovery of the year, J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother), by Xavier Dolan, screened in Hollywood on November 3 as part of the AFI FEST 2009 official competition. The film’s American premiere was held in the mythical Chinese Theatre in the presence of actors François Arnaud and Patricia Tulasne.
The film I Killed my Mother (J’ai tué ma mère) will be presented in the official competition category of the AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi, at the historic Chinese Theatre (Mann 6) on November 3rd, at 7pm. The film is in French with English subtitles.