Screen/Society--NC Quebec Film Festival--"Gabrielle"
(Louise Archambault, 2013, 104 min, Canada, in French and English with English subtitles, Color, Blu-Ray)
Gabrielle is a rare film that places disabled characters and performers front-and-center among the leads, rather than as peripheral figures for other people to negotiate. Gabrielle is a joyous, passionate young woman, with a lovely singing voice who is fervently devoted to her choir, even more so now that she is beginning a romance with Martin, a fellow singer in the group.
Produced by the Oscar-nominated team behind Monsieur Lazhar, this tender, buoyant film of first love and the universal desire for personal freedom both embraces and embodies the healing power of music.
-- Winner of 5 Jutra awards, including best screenplay, best direction, and best supporting actress!
-- Winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Motion Picture!
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: The Council for North American Studies and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).