Features starring Marion Cotillard, Catherine Keener receive Telefilm funds
Marion Cotillard arrives at the closing ceremony of the 13th Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, Morocco, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:20PM EDT
MONTREAL -- Canadian features starring Marion Cotillard, Xavier Dolan, Catherine Keener and Carrie-Anne Moss are among the projects getting $4.7 million in Telefilm funds.
The federal funding agency says the five projects span genres including horror, thriller and animation.
Keener, Dolan and Moss are featured in Charles Biname's drama "The Elephant Song," about the disappearance of an eminent psychiatrist last seen by a troubled and manipulative patient. It's expected to be released in May.
The Oscar-winning Cotillard is part of the voice talent for the animated thriller "Un Monde truque" (A Rigged World), a co-production with France set in 1941. It centres on the adventures of a teenage girl, her talking cat, her grandfather and a young scoundrel who go off in search of the teen's missing parents. It's slated for a March 2015 release.
Meanwhile, "Hard Core Logo" director Bruce McDonald tackles horror in "Hellions," about a teenager tormented by a trio of masked kids on Halloween night. That film is slated to star Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland and Rachel Wilson.
Other films include the co-production with Belgium, "Je suis a toi" (I Am Yours), about a penniless Argentine prostitute who meets a lonely Belgian baker, and the animated co-production with France, "Ballerina," about an orphaned 10-year-old in 1879 Paris who dreams of becoming a world-famous ballerina.
"The films we're supporting in this latest round of funding are sure to appeal to a wide variety of audiences," executive director Carolle Brabant said Wednesday in a release about third quarter allotments from the Canada Feature Film Fund.
"With animation films, dramas and thrillers, this range of features is a testament to the diversity of the Canadian film industry."