A couple of Montreal directors will be representing Quebec at the Oscars in February.
Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced this morning in a presentation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and two directors in the “Live Action Short Film” category are from Montreal, Marianne Farley and Jeremy Comte.
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Writer/Director Marianne Farley’s Marguerite follows an ageing woman (played by Béatrice Picard) and her nurse (Sandrine Bisson) who develop a friendship that inspires Marguerite to unearth and deal with her troubled past.
Bisson and Picard are both Quebec-born actresses, the latter is best known for voicing Marge Simpson on the French-Canadian dubbed version of The Simpsons.
Jeremy Comte’s Fauve follows the story of two young boys goofing around in the Quebec wilderness, pitted against the angst of Mother Nature.
The film stars Quebecers Félix Grenier and Alexandre Perreault. Fauve won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018.
Farley and Comte join Denis Villeneuve and Shawn Levy as the latest Montrealers nominated at the Academy Awards. Villeneuve directed the 2016 film Arrival which earned him a nomination for Best Director. Levy served as the film’s producer.
While Farley and Comte represent Montreal on the biggest stage for films, check out the complete list of this year’s Academy Award nominees.