7 Quebec films to see at the cinema this summer

7 Quebec films to see at the cinema this summer


After having had a good start to the year at the box office, Quebec cinema will try to maintain its momentum during the summer season. Nearly a dozen local films, in a wide variety of genres, will be released this summer in theaters across the province. Here are seven not to be missed.

Montreal Girls (June 9)

Hakim Brahimi and Nahéma Ricci co-star in this new film from director Patricia Chica (Morning After) described as “a daring coming-of-age drama”. We follow the journey of a young student from the Middle East who arrives in Montreal to study medicine. He will be looked after by his cousin who will introduce him to the nightlife and underground of the metropolis. 

In an interview with the Journalat the time of filming, Patricia Chica described Montréal Girls as a tribute to her city. “The film relates the discovery of Montreal from the point of view of an immigrant who moves here, but also through the eyes of a Montreal director,” she said.

Coeur de slush (June 16)

Nine years after its release in bookstores, the popular youth novel Coeur de slush, by author Sarah-Maude Beauchesne, comes to life on the big screen with this film adaptation directed by Mariloup Wolfe (Arlette). 

Expected in theaters a few days before the beginning of summer vacation, the film relates the first love affairs of Billie (Liliane Skelly), a 16-year-old teenager who works as a lifeguard in a water park. Before its release in Quebec, Coeur de slushwill have its world premiere at the 63rd International Children's Film Festival in Zlín, Czech Republic on June 1. 

Jules in Asha's Land (7 July)

Described as a family tale, this feature debut from director Sophie Farkas Bolla chronicles the unlikely friendship between Jules, a boy with a rare skin disease, and Asha, a young aboriginal girl, in rural Quebec in 1940. Together, the two new friends will venture to the other side of the forest to discover nature and its secrets. 

Jules au pays d'Asha has already been screened at several children's festivals around the world, including the Montreal International Children's Film Festival (FIFEM), where it won the Grand Prix de Montréal. < /p>

Time for a summer (July 14)

Announced as a feel good movie, this new film from director Louise Archambault (It was raining birds, Gabrielle) features a street chaplain and parish priest (camped by Patrice Robitaille) who has to close his church because he can no longer pay the bills. Having inherited a property in Bas-du-Fleuve, he decides to take a band of homeless people there who, like him, need a break. 

Screenplayed by Marie Vien (La passion d'Augustine, 14 days, 12 nights), Time for a summeralso features Guy Nadon, Élise Guilbault, Martin Dubreuil, Louise Turcot, Pierre Verville, Sébastien Ricard, Josée Deschênes and Gilbert Sicotte

Men from my mother (August 4)

For her first feature film, director and singer Anik Jean has brought together an enticing cast including Léane Labrèche-Dor, Marc Messier, Patrick Huard, Colm Feore, Benoît Gouin, Anne-Marie Cadieux and Isabel Richer. 

Written by screenwriter and author Maryse Latendresse, < em>My Mother's Men will feature a young woman in her early thirties who receives an unexpected inheritance from her eccentric mother: the mission to reconnect with her five ex-husbands. In addition to directing the feature film, Anik Jean composed the original music. 

A Respectable Woman (August 18)

After winning two Iris awards at the last Gala Québec Cinéma for her roles in Les Oiseaux ivres and Maria Chapdelaine, actress Hélène Florent will be back on the big screen at the end of the summer in this new film by filmmaker Bernard Émond (La nouvaine, Against all hope ) which will also star Martin Dubreuil, Paul Savoie and Brigitte Lafleur. 

Scripted from a short story by Luigi Pirandello, A Respectable Womanwill transport us to Trois-Rivières, during the 1930s. We will follow the daily life of a woman separated from her husband for 11 years who agrees to take him home after the death of her concubine. She will have to resolve to live with him, but also with the three little girls he had with his second wife. 

Toupie et Binou (August 11)

Marc Labrèche takes on the voice of the very talkative mouse Toopy in this animated film by Dominique Jolin and Raymond Lebrun inspired by the books and the series TV of the same title. In this new adventure, Toopy and Binoo will set off in search of the mythical place of “Lost Objects”, in an attempt to find Mr. Mou, Binou's beloved plush toy. 

Geneviève Schmidt, Anne Dorval, Stéphane Rousseau and Xavier Dolan are among the many stars who lent their voices to characters in the film. Toupie et Binou will have its world premiere next month at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (France), a world reference in animated cinema.