2014 TIFF: Maxime Giroux’s Félix et Meira

Félix et Meira

Following the Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema competition) world premiere (it would quickly move onto an Official Selection at the San Sebastian Film Festival) writer-director Maxime Giroux and trio of featured actors Hadas Yaron, Martin Dubreuil and Luzer Twersky took part in a jovial, post-screening Q&A for Félix et Meira. I called this drama romance an “improbability of the hypothetically tinged union arguably makes this akin to science fiction matter, the apolitical, unified titular observational drama moves beyond the losing religious faith template with its moving, lingering anti-loquacious stance“. The multi-language film would quickly get snapped up for distribution via Oscilloscope (lands theatrically today, 04.17) and it swooned the Toronto audience on hand. In the Q&A we gain insight into the production, and the anecdotal complexities and risks involved in shooting exterior shots with actors in character.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)