(Via CNW/Telbec) Félix et Meira has been selected to represent Canada for consideration as a possible nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards, Telefilm Canada has just announced. It’s “a love story about two people from vastly different worlds”, directed by Maxime Giroux.
According to a media release from Telefilm, Félix et Meira tells of “the improbable love affair between Félix, a Francophone Quebecer, and Meira, a young Hasidic Jewish mother.” Critics have praised its “sensitive depiction of the still little-known Hasidic community.” (This took extensive research by Giroux and co-writer Alexandre Laferrière.) It’s also made about $500,000 at the U.S. box office.
Giroux has some encouraging words for filmmakers who can’t seem to find backing for their projects: “The process to secure funding for the project was particularly difficult, but we never questioned the potential of this unique film. And we were right to think that way . . .” Obviously!