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FAMILIAR GROUND

Canada, 2011 (MIFF 2011, International Panorama)

Director: Stéphane Lafleur

"Bleak, wry and darkly comic... an impressive command of tone keeps things grounded right until a delicious finale." - Variety

Filmmaker Stéphane Lafleur (Continental, a Film Without Guns) mixes gentle humour with absurd circumstance and traces of sci-fi in Familiar Ground, a dark trip into the extraordinary everyday.

Forever stuck in adolescence, Benoit lives with his widowed father in a chilly, snowbound patch of Canada. Meanwhile, his introverted sister, Maryse, is unhappily married to the distant Alain. Neither sibling has been entirely content since the death of their mother, but when a strange man travels from the not-too-distant future to warn Benoit of a grave accident that will befall his sister, he and Maryse set out on a surreal, life-changing road-trip.

Winner of the Ecumenical Jury prize at the 2011 Berlin film festival.

D/S Stéphane Lafleur P Luc Déry, Kim McCraw WS eOne Entertainment L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011

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