Canada Screens launches VOD channel devoted to Québécois films

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      Without a doubt, much of the strongest cinema in Canada comes from Quebec.

      With the likes of Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049), Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club), Xavier Dolan (Juste la fin du monde/It's Only the End of the World), and Phillipe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) making in-roads into Hollywood and gaining accolades around the world, Québécois filmmakers have put Quebec on the map for notable cinema.

      In Vancouver, it hasn't always been easy to gain access to Quebec cinema and sometimes if such films do play here, the theatrical run can be limited to only a few days.

      First Weekend Club, which is devoted to helping to promote Canadian films, has launched a new channel on their VOD platform Canada Screens that will highlight French Canadian films.

      Louise Archambault's Gabrielle

      Canada Screen's new French Channel/Cinéma Français features titles such as Dolan's debut drama Mommy; Louise Archambault's Gabrielle, a drama about people with disabilities; Ken Scott's sperm donor comedy Starbuck, which was remade in Bollywood as 2012's Vicky Donor and Hollywood as 2013's Delivery Man; and Quebec's top-grossing film of 2007: The Three Little Pigs 2.

      As an added bonus, the National Film Board of Canada has paired each film with a French Canadian short film.

      A selection of the titles will be available for a discounted price of $1.99 each until the end of February.

      Oscar-nominated filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is directing Blade Runner 2049.

      The channel will be copresented by Vancouver-based Visions Ouest Productions, who run the Rendez-vous French Film Festival, which recently ran here from February 2 to 12 and also hold other Francophone film screenings in Vancouver throughout the year.

      To check out the new channel, visit the Canada Screens website.