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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Cosmos

Fortnight 1997, Feature film, 1 h 39

Synopsis

COSMOS : n. The universe as whole. (Gk. kosmos) “Cosmos” is also a modern mosaic of the urban jungle, where six directors offer depictions of human nature. “Cosmos” is our main character and guide, a philosophizing Greek taxi driver who, in the space of a run, a breakdown or a stop, takes us through the world of his clients. “Cosmos”, too, is a special rendez-vous with fate: an ironic portrait of a disunited couple; a disturbing look at the life of a funny sort of individual; a strange journey into the media-powered world of the jet set; the ultimate moment when two people meet; the extravagant encounter of two men… “Cosmos”, then, is the universe as a whole.

Directors

André Turpin

He directed in 1987 Comme hier matin. He was a director of photography on Pablo qui court, Because why, Le lion et l’agneau and Liquid Love. In 1995, he directed Zigrail. He also worked on Cosmos and La comtesse de bâton rouge, last feature film directed by André Forcier.

Arto Paragamian

He is an author, a director and editor. His films were successful like his short films The fish story and Across the street; his comedy Because why was shown in different festivals ( Brussells, Cannes, Mannheim, Tokyo ).

Denis Villeneuve

Part of the new generation of Canadian filmmakers, Denis Villeneuve has already made a name for himself. His first feature, Un 32 août sur terre, was shown in some 35 international film festivals, notably as an official selection at Cannes, Telluride and Toronto — in addition, it represented Canada at the Oscars. His second film, Maelström, bagged some 25 prizes around the globe.

Jennifer Alleyn

Born in Montreal, Jennifer Alleyn obtained a BFA in film production from Concordia University. She is a producer, screenwriter and director.She has directed films in French and English that have been broadcast in Canada, France and other countries. In 1992, she traveled around the world while participating in the TV series La Course destination Monde. She also worked as a journalist. Her participation in the collective feature film Cosmos, wich won an award at Cannes in 1997, and her award-winning 2005 short Svanok, confirms her talent. Parallel to her work as an Indy filmmaker, Jennifer directed her fisrt series for television. After her documentary film The Rossys, Jennifer herein combines her two life passion : art and the search for meaning. Following her critically acclaimed Jacques Monory’s Imaginary Life, My Father’s studio focuses on the legacy of an artist’s way of looking at life.

Marie-Julie Dallaire

She works for television and cinema. In 1993, she directed her short film Jaune d’oeuf. She is a production director at Zigrail; she wrote a full length feature film, POisson volant dans une voiture and she worked with André Forcier on his film La Comtesse de Bâton Rouge.

Marion Briand

She co-founded in 1988 The other’s films Inc, an independant film makers group. She directed Les Saufs-conduits in 1990, awarded in many festivals and Picoti Picota, also awarded; she participated in the collective feature film, Un film de cinéastes.

Alexis Martin
Audrey Benoît
David Lahaye
Elise Guilbaut
Gabriel Gascon
Igor Ovadis
Marc Jeanty
Marie-France Lambert
Marie-Héléne Montpetit
Pascal Contamine
Sarah Jane Salvy
Sébastien Joannette

Screenplay
Jennifer Alleyn, Manon Briand, Marie-Julie Dallaire et Sébastien Joannette, Arto Paragamian, André Turpin, Denis Villeneuve

Image
André Turpin

Sound
Dominique Chartrand, Sylvain Bellemare

Editing
Richard Comeau

Set decoration
Pierre Allard

PRODUCTION : Max Films 5200 rue Henri-Julien, Montréal, Québec, Canada H2T 2E5 Tél. : (1-514) 276 4499 Fax : (1-514) 276 6544 VENTE A L’ETRANGER : Malofilm Distribution 3575 bd St-Laurent, Montréal, Québec, Canada H2X 2T7 Tél. : (1-514) 844 4555 Fax : (1-514) 844 1471

Awards

Prix Art et Essai – CICAE