GABOR by Joannie Lafrenière Official Selection at Hot Docs and the RVQC
Maison 4:3 and TAK Films are proud to announce that Gabor, the debut feature by Joannie Lafrenière, has been selected by the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma. This intimate, offbeat documentary depicts the career and personal life of Gabor Szilasi, a photographer whose creative process is as fascinating as his life story. The film will open in Quebec on May 27, 2022.
Gabor will have its Ontario premiere at Hot Docs, which is running from April 28 to May 8 in Toronto. Eligible for the Audience Award, It will screen in the “Artscape” section on Monday, May 2 at 2 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre, and Thursday, May 5 at 8 p.m. at the TIFF Lightbox, in the presence of the film crew.
Before heading to Toronto, the film will screen at the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma on Sunday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cinémathèque québécoise. It will be eligible to win the Prix Pierre-et-Yolande-Perrault. The film crew will be present to talk with the audience after the screening.
The film previously had its World Premiere on the closing night of the 2021 Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). In April, it will also be presented at the Vues sur mer festival in Gaspé, and at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in North Carolina.
Gabor is a quirky, feel-good portrait of Gabor Szilasi, the 94-year-old giant of Canadian contemporary photography. It is an uplifting immigrant story and an inspiring lesson on how to grow old with elegance and dignity.
About the filmmaker
Documentary filmmaker and photographer, Joannie Lafrenière loves human beings. Holding degrees in journalism and photography, Joannie has contributed to several recognized publications and has had the chance to be part of many different inspiring independent projects. Her documentary projects have been shown in major festivals across Canada and abroad. She uses the codes and aesthetics of pop culture playfully, along with the power of kitsch, to avoid the trap of caricature. Her work is informed by an anthropological approach, and she uses the camera as an excuse to establish relationships with people who tickle her curiosity: she then highlights them through portraits in which humanity, fantasy, colour and humour are central. Joannie lives, works, and plays in Montreal.
GABOR, written and directed by Joannie Lafrenière
Featuring: Gabor Szilasi, Andrea Szilasi, Doreen Lindsay, Irina Kozak Krausz & Michel Campeau.
Quebec. 2021. 101 minutes. Original French and English Version, with English or French subtitles.
Script: Joannie Lafrenière | Cinematography: Joannie Lafrenière | Editing: Emmanuelle Lane | Sound Design: Marie-Pierre Grenier | Sound Mix: Jean Paul Vialard | Original Score: Gervaise | Sound Recording: Marc-André Labonté | Production: Tak Films (Line Sander Egede) | Distribution: Maison 4:3
Hot Docs 2022: hotdocs.ca/whats-on/hot-docs-festival/films/2022/gabor
RVQC 2022: rendez-vous.quebeccinema.ca/films/gabor
GABOR was produced with the financial participation of Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Crédit d’impôt cinéma et télévision (Gestion SODEC), the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the ACIC – Independent Filmmaker Assistance Program of the NFB, theMontreal International Documentary Festival, Post-Moderne, and Bande à part audio coop, in collaboration with TAK Films and Maison 4:3.
TAK films is an independent production company founded by producer Line Sander Egede in 2018. The company produces documentaries and fiction. In 2020, the feature film Vacarme directed by Neegan Trudel was released. The film won the 2021 Iris award for Best First Feature and has been shown at several festivals across Europe, garnering a few additional awards. In 2021, the company will release Babushka, a short documentary film directed by Kristina Wagenbauer, in official competition at the 24th edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) and Gabor, a feature-length documentary directed by Joannie Lafrenière, which will be presented as the closing film at RIDM.
MAISON 4:3 is a film distribution company founded in 2014. A boutique distributor, the company puts all its know-how at the service of creators and their films, to set up launch strategies and accompany the works at the different stages of their diffusion. The distributor in theatres of documentaries (Call Me Human, Bigger Than Us and The Monopoly of Violence), and fiction films such as Aline, Happening and Norbourg), MAISON 4:3 puts forward projects that are both human, promising and atypical.
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