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Top 20 Alternative Picks for Cannes 2013: Chloé Robichaud’s Sarah préfère la course

Sarah préfère la course – Chloé Robichaud

Section: Un Certain Regard

Buzz: The Quebecois wunderkind appears to have made quite the impression on the Cannes family, gaining entry into a coveted Un Certain Regard category showing, after having competed in Palme d’or competition with her short (Chef de meute) in the previous year. Chloé Robichaud’s short also landed at the Toronto International Film Festival and was named as one of TIFF’s top 10 short films of 2012. It actress on the Croisette this year in Sophie Desmaris toplines this young adult dealing with Olympic-sized pressures account, and the trailer indicts that there might be something special in the sauce. It appears that Xavier Dolan is not the only bright hope, in what has fast become a vibrant Quebecois filmmaking scene.

The Gist: This tells the story of a young woman (Desmarais) who moves from rural Quebec to Montreal with her boyfriend to run on the McGill track team. But big-city life and her passion for the sport put pressure on their relationship.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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