Canadian feature Wars wins prize at Karlovy Vary

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Eleonore Loiselle's turn in Nicolas Roy's first feature film sees her honoured at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

Quebec actress Éléonore Loiselle has won the Best Actress Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) in the Czech Republic for her role in Wars (Guerres), the first feature film from Nicolas Roy.

The 84-minute film – which touches on themes of the military, power dynamics and consent – and was competing in the Crystal Globe Competition for feature-length films which have not been shown at any other festival in international competition.

Loiselle is known for her turn in 2020′s Goddess of the Fireflies (La déesse des mouches à feu), which nabbed her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 22nd annual Quebec Cinema Awards last month. She has also appeared in Denis Côté’s film Social Hygiene (Hygiène sociale) and TV series Cerebrum and Meilleur avant. Her latest film is set to open in Quebec theatres on October 1.

Based on a screenplay by Cynthia Tremblay, Wars follows 20-year-old Emma who decides to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the army but struggles in the male-dominated environment and with the feelings she has for her tough sergeant, played by David La Haye. It was produced by Nicolas Comeauu of 1976 Productions.

The fest’s jury was comprised of Danish filmmaker Eva Mulvad, Polish actress Marta Nieradkiewicz, Greek film director and screenwriter Christos Nikou and German critic and veteran festival director Christoph Terhechte, who has programmed at both the Berlin International Festival and Marrakesh International Film Festival.

Roy – a nominee for KVIFF’s Best Director Award – was last in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 with It Is Nothing (Ce n’est rien). His previous shorts include Sad Day (Jour sans joie, 2009), Léo (2003) and Novembre (2001).

KVIFF is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic, and one of the oldest feature-length festivals – along with Cannes, Berlin and Venice.  The festival says that among filmmakers, buyers, distributors and sales agents, KVIFF it is considered the most important event in all of Central and Eastern Europe.

Loiselle is repped by Karine Lapierre of Montreal’s Agence RBL.

Photo credit: Eva-Maude TC