Press release - Selection at TIFF

Press release - Selection at TIFF

 

The Little Girl who was too fond of Matches : World Premiered at TIFF

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Montreal, August 9th. GPA Films, Funfilm Distribution, Unis TV and Seville International proudly acknowledge the selection at TIFF of Simon Lavoie’s The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond Of Matches. The film will be World Premiered within the Contemporary World Cinema section. 

Written and directed by Simon Lavoie, the film stars young actress Marine Johnson, along with Antoine L’Écuyer, Jean-François Casabonne, Alex Godbout and Laurie Babin-Fortin.

«After the TIFF's warm reception of Those Who Make Revolutions Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves which won the Best Canadian Film Award last year, I’m very excited to return this year with The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond Of Matches - a film completely different in tone and style. The festival will provide a great platform to present my quite personal adaptation of Gaétan Soucy's novel to the public. I look very much forward to taking part again in this great event!» stated Simon Lavoie. 

Simon Lavoie directed several shorts, including A White Chapel (Jutra Award 2006) before directing his first feature, The Deserter in 2008. His second feature Laurentia (co-directed with M. Denis) premiered in Karlovy Vary in 2011. In 2012, he directed The Torrent, an adaptation of a short story by Anne Hébert, and then teamed again with M. Denis for Those Who Make Revolutions Halfway only Dig Their Own Graves (Best Canadian Feature TIFF 2016, Special Mention Prize Generation 14Plus, Berlinale 2017). 

The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond Of Matches is a film adaptation of Gaétan Soucy’s cult novel translated and published in over thirty countries. It is a important work whose artistic quality and power of attraction have been celebrated on a global scale. Simon Lavoie’s uncompromising take on Soucy’s universe recaptures the gripping tone of the book that mixes naïveté with sensuality, cruelty and poetry.

The film, to be released on November 3rd, is produced by Marcel Giroux (GPA Films) with the financial support of SODEC, Telefilm Canada, Le Fonds Harold Greenberg, UNIS TV and the provincial and federal Tax Credit programs. Funfilm is the Canadian distributor and Seville International is the international sales agent. 

Post-Moderne, Cinepool, Cineground, Premium Sound, Bande à Part Audio and AA Studios are key industry partners.

About Seville International
Seville International is the company’s Montreal-based international film distribution boutique specializing in strong independent films with crossover potential and arthouse films with award pedigree from Québec, Canada and around the world.

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