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Cannes 2016: Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear

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Cannes 2016: Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear

Based on a series of stories that Kanuk founder Louis Grenier (Québecois winter parka company) collected on his many trips up north, producer Roger Frappier (Maelstrom, Ville-Marie) might have optioned the story for a buck but it took well over a decade for Two Lovers and a Bear to materialize. Denis Villeneuve was originally attached to helm, but this would be passed onto a filmmaker who for the better part of his filmography is used to exotic settings (Tunisia, Congo et al.). Oscar nominated filmmaker Kim Nguyen actually worked on the film prior to War Witch and finally discovered his way into the project during a layover at the Amsterdam intl. airport. Selected for this year’s Directors’ Fortnight section alongside Pablo Larrain (the two helmers were both nominated for the Best Foreign category at the Oscars) his latest features Dane DeHaan as Roman (he discovered him when watching Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines), Tatiana Maslany as Lucy and a Gordon Pinsent who is credited as the voice work for the polar bear – which we imagine has more of a significant presence than the black bear found in The Revenant. This is the filmmaker’s first time at Cannes in a section (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) that has been home for several Quebecois filmmaker. Here are some comments made during the local Montreal press conference.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and 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 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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