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  • AMNESIA - THE JAMES BRIGHTON ENIGMA

    Drama, 2005, 35 mm, 90 min., color,
    English and French with subtitles

    The world Premiere takes place September 26, 2005 at Cinema Quartier Latin in Montreal, as a benefit for the organizations Gay Line and Gaie Écoute. The film is released commercially afterwards by distributor K-Films Amérique. The DVD is released January, 2006.

    In May, the film wins Best Canadian Feature at Inside Out, Toronto Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Entertainment Partners Canada Award for Best Canadian Feature-Length Narrative or Documentary). Members of the Jury, Chris McDonald, Laurie Lynd, Sharon Lewis et Cassandra Nicolaou, underlined the quality of the film: "In AMNESIA: THE JAMES BRIGHTON ENIGMA, Denis Langlois uses a real life mystery as a launching point for an artful and compelling film. Not only does the film entertain and engross until the final frame, it successfully mines philosophical territory - exploring notions of memory, identity and desire."

    From May to October 2007, the film is programmed in 40 different cities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, part of a tour organized by the British Film Institute.

    In 2008, it wins the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at Llamale H Festival in Montevideo, Uruguay.

    AMNESIA - THE JAMES BRIGHTON ENIGMA has been broadcasted by Super Écran and Super Channel. Video rights were acquired by TLA Video for the U.S.A. and the U.K., by ProFunMedia for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and by Antiprod for France.




    Trailer :

    On Youtube



    Distribution :

    Canada : K-Films Amérique
    U.S.A. : TLA Video
    German speaking countries : ProfunMedia



    Synopsis :

    Inspired by real events, AMNESIA - THE JAMES BRIGHTON ENIGMA tells the story of an American found naked and amnesiac in a vacant parking lot in Montreal in 1998. He says his name is James Brighton, but the only thing he's sure of is that he's gay. Volunteers from S.O.S Gay organize a media campaign to help him recover his forgotten past. But after three months, no one has claimed him, and James starts to despair. Until the Montreal Police arrest him after his brother, a Pentecostal minister in Tennessee, recognized him on TV. What happened to this young American in search of freedom? That's what Sylvie, a criminology student, tries to find out a year later, as her fascination with the case brings her to question her own identity.



    Production notes :

    Production history

    Based on a real story, the script will fictionalize but remain truthful to what happened to Matthew Honeycutt, alias James Edward Brighton, in Montreal in 1998.

    The scriptwriter and director is Denis Langlois, the producers, Denis Langlois and Bertrand Lachance.

    The shooting started March 29, 2004 and will last 20 days, till April 25, with 25 locations.

    In June 2003, the project was accepted both at Telefilm Canada and Sodec (Québec) and had secured a TV sale with Super-Écran. It went into pre-production January 2004.

    In February and March, the cast of the film was completed: 17 principal roles, plus 15 others.

    Dusan Dukic (Terminal, Steven Spielberg) is selected to play James Brighton and Karyne Lemieux (Histoires de Pen) is Sylvie. The rest of the cast is: Norman Helms, Louise Laprade, Éric Cabana, Mariah Inger, Kalo Gow, Bruce Ramsay, Julian Casey and many more.

    The crew is Larry Lynn, director of photography (Hochelaga, Histoires de Pen), Geneviève Blais, art director, Peter Xirogiannis, music composer, François Guérin, sound engineer, Daniela Pinna, production manager, Sébastien Poussard, location manager, Claude Dallaire, first assistant director, Corinne Montpetit, costumes, Marie-Josée Galliper, hair and make-up, Anne-Laure Debays, script.

    Shooting impressions

    "The first images I saw surprised me because it's the first film I shoot in video (DVCPro, to be transfered to film later), but I think it was appropriate since the film is based on a true story" says director Denis Langlois. "The rythm is slow, as it should be in order to reflect the state of mind of an amnesiac waking up to a new life. Dusan Dukic is intense, like fire under the ashes; he has slipped under James' skin and even I have difficulty imagining them apart now."

    Director's intentions

    The film is shot in video and transfered to 35 mm, with a minimal crew, art direction and budget (" Tennessee " is a small town near Montreal, etc...). I've produced and directed two feature films in Super-16 mm blown up to 35 mm in similar conditions with a similar or smaller budget (L'Escorte and Danny in the Sky).

    The style will balance between a cinéma vérité approach, based on the video look of the reconstitution of Mattew/James's history bits - the media coverage, among other things - and more dream like moments, James's memories, real or imagined by Sylvie. The visual treatment to identify these moments of « stylised » reality will be decided with the director of photography, but will remain easy to identify : for example, the image could be more contrasted and almost « burned », which would be easy to do in video post-production before it is transfered to film stock.

    What do Matthew/James and Sylvie want? To find back their past, to run away from it, or to reinvent themselves? To reinvent oneself is to create a new script of one's life, it is like telling oneself a story : this is also one of the subject of the film. Thus the many levels and points of view of storytelling. Sylvie tells the story, and we can't know for sure if the flashbacks of James she presents us are « real » or fictionalized by her. This allows us to jump from Matthew/James's time period to Sylvie's period a year later as she pursues her investigation and writes her reconstitution, and vice-versa.

    This way, we create for the audience - as long as he hasn't figured out these three levels of storytelling and the unclear line between them - a puzzle, a kind of detective suspens. But mostly, we recreate Matthew/James's state of mind, and to a lesser degree Sylvie's, that is : confusion, anguish and fear. With, at the end of the film, a calmer state of mind : both main characters haven't found an answer to all their questions, but they're closer to having found a sense to it all, a direction they can give to their lives.



    Research :

    I've talked with people who have met James/Matthew while he was in Montreal and had access to some of his letters and e-mails. I've collected every articles published (more than 40 in Canada, the United-Stats and England) and seen the TV news report about his story (more than 20, of which two were 20 minutes american programs with deeper coverage of the subject : Hard Copy and Frontline).

    I've researched amnesia in general and more specific forms of it like dissociative amnesia and the fugue syndrome. I've also researched truth serum, hypnosis and the false memory syndrome.

    Then, I made contact with Matt (James) - that's how he signed his name at the time - who gave me his authorization to adapt his story into a film.

    Our conversations about the last version of the script made me believe it reflected well the state of mind and the questioning he had about his experience, of which he still hasn't solved the mystery, more than 5 years later.

    He mentionned the dreams he had that would wake him up at night. The idea he had to try therapy to solve the mystery of the past he lost, a project he hadn't pursued yet at the time because of some bat experiences that discouraged him or maybe also because, unconciously, he's afraid to go there. About his natural family (the Honeycutts) which he hasn't seen in three years, which he still doesn't « remember » and to whom he really doesn't identify with (he still has no memory of his life from his childhood until he dissapeared and reapeared in Montreal in 1998). Nevertheless, he still has attained a certain serenity in his new life, now that he has a job and a stable love life for more thant three years. He succeeded in recreating a life in the image of what he probably desired all along. But he remains anxious and wonder if he can live with this black hole within himself.

    Adaptation

    Even though I fictionalized a lot, especially with the intimate interactions between the characters - some of which are totally invented - I said from the start to Matthew/James that I would attend to be as close as possible to the facts and emotions I thought he lived in Montreal. I wanted to remain truthfull to what he lived because, as it was, his story fascinated me and moved me in a very personnal way, and that from the first time it was in the news. Within this frame, I still manage to put forward my usual preoccupations and themes : sexual identity, family, frienship, love, solitude and the feeling of being an outsider.



    The true story :

    This film is truthfull to the main elements of a story that happens in Montreal between October 1998 and January 1999.

    As told in the synopsis, on October 12, 1998, a man wakes up naked in an alley in Old Montreal, not far away from the Convention Center where the big gay rave Black & Blue had taken place the night before. The man has no notion of who he is or where he is. Doctors from the Montreal General Hospital examine him, but find no trace of drugs, nor do they think he suffers from schizophrenia or any other mental illness. They try truth serum and hypnosis therapy, with no results. He's diagnozed with « dissociative amnesia ». His amnesia is almost total : he thinks he is an American of British origins and that he might be called James Edward Brighton. The only thing he is sure of is being gay. Gay Line volunteers decide to shelter and help him. They work to get a big media coverage of the story and pressure the police to reopen the investigation. But after three months and a half, research done in the United-States and elsewhere still gives no result...

    Until his family finally identifies him, after the tabloid style TV show Hard Copy covers the story, and the Montreal police suddenly moves in to arrest him in the middle of the night for misdemeanor and identity theft, charges that James/Matthew denies, claiming he still doesn't remember anything. His mother and his sister comme and pick him up, but he doesn't recognize them.



    Cast :



    JAMES BRIGHTON / MATTHEW HONEYCUTT :
    About 27 years old. He wakes up naked in Old Montreal. He has no memory of who he is or where he is from. Doctors find no traces of drug, or any physical trauma. After a while, he thinks his name is James Brighton. The only thing he is sure of though, is being gay. Volunteers from the Gay S.O.S. helpline, take him in but the mystery of his identity remaining unsolved for months, James becomes anxious and agressive. Until he is arrested for public mischief, in the middle of the night by the police, TV cameras in tow. Is James an impostor ? What was he running away from ? How will he be able to reconnect with this past?

    Dusan Dukic - A 2002 graduate of the National Theater School of Canada in Montreal, he lands a small part in Spielberg's The Terminal and is cast in many Canadian and American TV series like Kojak, Instant Star, The Mall, 1-800 Missing. He acts on stage in various theatre productions in Toronto, and will soon direct his first play for the Talk is Free Theatre. He is also a composer and plays guitar and piano.




    SYLVIE
    A criminology student, Sylvie is a serious and passionnate person. She works at the police's archives and is writing her thesis on identity crimes, using Matthew/James's story. She meets Bobbie, a young woman James met a year before. After this encounter, Sylvie goes to Tennesse to finally meet Matthew/James.

    Karyne Lemieux - A graduate of the Theatre school of CEGEP St-Hyacinthe, she plays in the feature films Histoire de Pen and Nouvelle-France, and in many short films. On TV, she is part of Histoires de filles, Diva, Nos étés - where her interpretation of the character Rachel is noted both by the critics and the public - and she will be part of Casino, the new series by Réjean Tremblay. On stage, she acts in La Leçon, Hamlet and Silence II.




    FÉLIX
    A university professor and volunteer for Gay S.O.S., he takes James in and tries to help him find out who he is. He acts as a protector, James being almost like a child.

    Norman Helms - A graduate of the Dramatic Arts Program at Montreal's UQAM, he is seen in many films : Jack Paradise, La Turbulence des fluides, La Vie après l'amour, Cabaret Neiges Noires, etc. On TV, he is part of the series Un gars, une fille, Tribu.com, L'Odyssée. On stage, he appears in L'Odyssée, Un tramway nommé Désir and Cabaret Neiges Noires.




    GENEVIÈVE
    A radiologist at Des Pins Hospital, she feels a maternal affection for James. It is in her care, that allows James to emerge from the confused and anxious state he's in.

    Louise Laprade - Actress and stage director from the École Nationale de Théâtre in Montreal, she acts in plays like Le Petit Köchel, Andromaque, Les Troyennes ; she appears on television in the the series Marylin, 4 1/2, Un monde à part, Vice caché, and on films in L'Escorte, Le Party, Montréal vu par...




    JAMES'S AUNT (HIS 'MOTHER')
    Born-again Christian women from Tennessee. She is obviously relieved to find her son alive after a three-month disappearance. We can see and feel that the distance between them has always been there. She keeps her distance with the people who helped Matthew in Montreal and stays silent about his past.

    L. Kalo Gow - From York University Dramatic Arts Program in Toronto, she now lives in Montreal. Where she appears on film in Raised in Captivity, Angel's Tongues, Bloodstones and is part of many television productions for HBO, MTV, CBC, YTV.




    CARL HONEYCUTT
    Matthew's cousin is a Pentecostal Minister. Emotional and somewhat over the top, he called the Montreal Police and gave them information that led to his 'brother' being arrested.

    Bruce Ramsay - Canadian actor, established in Montreal, he is in many Canadian and American films like Timeline, Collateral Damage, Looking for Jimmy, and made-for-TV films or series like Bonnano, A Godfather's Story et Fallen Angels.




    INSPECTOR CHRISTIAN LECLERC
    Inspector in charge of the “Brighton” case. He is moved and touched when he comes in contact with Matthew/James, undertanding he says, the need one might feel for a new life.

    Éric Cabana - He graduates from the École Nationale de Théâtre in Montreal. He is part of TV series like Temps dur, Tabou, Jack Carter, La Vie, la vie and appears in the Québec films Laura Laur, Cap Tourmente, La Conciergerie, L'Escorte and Danny in the Sky.




    LE “ VRAI ” JAMES BRIGHTON
    A fictional character developped by Sylvie, as part of her theory of what happened to Matthew, who might have given him a ride, when he left Tennessee, and might have fallen in love with him, so much as to remember only this name when he woke up in Montreal.

    Steven Turpin - Model and actor, he plays half the lead role in the film Saved by the Belles.




    BOBBIE
    Some had the impression she was James's lover while he was in Montreal. She becomes Sylvie's lover a year later. Friend of Dominique.

    Mariah Inger - A graduate of the Dawson Theater Program in Montreal, she acts in the films Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Sum of all fears, Possible Worlds, and on television in Ciao Bella, Temps dur, First Family : The Reagans.




    BRENDAN
    Teaches French in a West Virginia college. Met Matthew/James a short while after he came back to Tennessee. They became lovers. He doesn't think Matthew/JJames should respond to Sylvie's inquiry about his past. He's afraid, it can only prolong his nightmares.

    Julian Casey - A graduate of Concordia University Theater Program, he is in the films Head in the Clouds, Beyond Borders, and also appears on television in Tabou, Sables émouvants and Ces enfants d'ailleurs.




    Credits :

    Although inspired by real people and events, the film you are about to see is a work of fiction.

    LES PRODUCTIONS CASTOR & POLLUX
    presents

    AMNESIA
    The James Brighton Enigma


    Dusan Dukic
    Karyne Lemieux
    Norman Helms
    Louise Laprade
    Steven Turpin
    Matt Holland
    Mariah Inger
    Henri Pardo
    Éric Cabana
    L. Kalo Gow
    Bruce Ramsay
    Holly Gauthier-Frankel
    Julian Casey
    Tyler Hall
    Maurizio Terrazzano
    Derek Lebrero

    Art director
    GENEVIÈVE BLAIS

    Costumes
    CORINNE MONTPETIT

    Director of photography
    LARRY LYNN csc

    Sound engineer
    FRANÇOIS GUÉRIN

    Sound design
    DENIS SAINDON

    Original score
    PETER XIROGIANNIS
    (Finite Records)

    Producers
    BERTRAND LACHANCE
    DENIS LANGLOIS

    Scriptwriter, director and editor
    DENIS LANGLOIS

    Collaboration to the script
    BERTRAND LACHANCE

    A film by
    CASTOR & POLLUX


    Today, Matthew Honeycutt lives in the United States.

    He still hasn't regained his memory.
    In his eyes, he was born in Montreal on October 12, 1998.


    Produced with the financial participation of

    SODEC
    Société de développement des entreprises culturelles - Québec

    TELEFILM CANADA

    Québec - Crédit d'impôt cinéma et télévision - Gestion Sodec

    Crédit d'impôt production cinématographique ou magnétoscopique canadienne

    Super Écran

    in collaboration with

    LOCATIONS MICHEL TRUDEL
    STUDIO TOC SON
    BEEBOP STUDIOS

    Developed with the participation of

    LE FONDS HAROLD GREENBERG

    and with the help from

    CONSEIL DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES DU QUÉBEC



    James Brighton/Matthew Honeycutt : DUSAN DUKIC
    Leader of the bad guys : TYLER HALL
    Bad guy #1 : DEREK LEBRERO
    Bad guy #2 : MAURIZIO TERRAZZANO
    Sylvie : KARYNE LEMIEUX
    Policeman at the hospital : PHILIPPE PROVENCHER
    Receptionnist at the hospital : CLAUDINE PAQUETTE
    Orderly : NEIL DE ALBUQUERQUE
    Patient : ENRICA BOUCHER
    Nurse : KARINE LAVERGNE
    Geneviève : LOUISE LAPRADE
    Dr. Montoya : GINETTE BOIVIN
    Lieutenant Marcel Beaupré : STEFAN PERREAULT
    Félix Blain : NORMAN HELMS
    Dominique : HENRI PARDO
    Volunteer at Gay S.O.S. : LOUIS-OLIVIER MAUFFETTE
    Friend at the bar : PATRICE D'ARAGON
    Client at the bar : ÉTIENNE MEUNIER
    TVK Host : PAUL-ANTOINE TAILLEFER
    Bob Williams : MATT HOLLAND
    Inspector Christian Leclerc : ÉRIC CABANA
    Bobbie : MARIAH INGER
    TQA Reporter : FRANÇOIS DUPUY
    Maurice Laurent, lawyer : FERNAND RAINVILLE
    Matthew Honeycutt's aunt : L. KALO GOW
    Journalist : HELEN KING
    Charley the Dog : CHARLOT
    Carl Honeycutt : BRUCE RAMSAY
    Gospel singer : ANDREA REVEL
    Musician #1 : PETER XIROGIANNIS
    Musician #2 : DAVE LINES
    Musician #3 : JOHN DODGE
    Emma : HOLLY GAUTHIER-FRANKEL
    The 'real' James Brighton : STEVEN TURPIN
    Brendan : JULIAN CASEY


    Production manager : DANIELA PINNA
    Assistant to the production manager : JEAN-MARC ABELA
    Production coordinato : JOLYANE GAUTHIER
    Set manage : SÉBASTIEN POUSSARD
    Location manager : LARA ROSENOFF
    Production assistants : CLAUDIA BÉRUBÉ, OLIVIER MONNAIS, LÉONIE LAVOIE, JEREMY LACHAPELLE-LOPEZ, SERGE DAVID
    Craft: ANIK FORTIN

    1st assistant director : CLAUDE DALLAIRE
    2nd assistant director : TANYA VAN BLOKLAND
    Script : ANNE-LAURE DEBAY
    Casting of the extras : LUX CASTING

    Art director : GENEVIÈVE BLAIS
    Assistant to the art director : RENAUD ST-LAURENT
    Props manager : VINCENT CHARBONNEAU
    Art department assistants : DANIEL LYNN, LOC LE JOSSEC, PATRICE DELVAUX
    Graphic artist : CHARLES MONTPETIT

    Costumes : CORINNE MONTPETIT

    Make-up : MARIE-JOSÉE GALIBERT
    Make-up assistants : PABLO MENDES, BARBARA THERRIEN

    Director of photograph : LARRY LYNN csc
    1st assistant camer : MICHEL COMTE
    2nd assistant camer : JANEL FUROY
    Still photographe : LARA ROSENOFF
    Gaffer : GILLES MAYER
    Best boy : LOUIS RICHARD
    Additional best boy : DANIEL DALLAIRE
    Key grip : MARC De ERNSTED
    Best boy grip : STEVE BRUGGER
    Grip : LOUIS ALBERT

    Sound engineer : FRANÇOIS GUÉRIN
    Additional sound engineer : MARTIN DESMARAIS
    Boom : OLIVIER HÉTU

    Editing : DENIS LANGLOIS
    Technical consultant : DENNIS DAY
    Editing consultant : NATACHA DUFAUX

    Sound design : DENIS SAINDON
    Dialogue, effect, ambiance,
    and music editing : DENIS SAINDON
    ADR director : JEAN-PIERRE PINARD
    ADR sound engineer : NICOLAS DALLAIRE
    ADR editing : PIERRE-JULES AUDET
    Foley : PAUL HUBERT
    Foley engineer : SHAUN-NICHOLAS GALLAGHER
    Sound editing assistant : CHARLES BÉLANGER

    Mix : LOUIS HONE

    Dolby consultant : STEVE F.B. SMITH

    Vision Globale coordinators : MARTIN MALTAIS, MARIE-PIERRE TÉTRAULT, EMMANUELLE ORANGE-PARENT
    On-Line editing : FRANÇOIS CORBEIL
    Video color correction : MARC LUSSIER
    End credits : ÉRIC LOSIER, NICOLAS GAUTHIER
    Film timing : ARTHUR MONTREUIL
    Film transfer supervision : PIERRE RICHARD, PAUL GAGNON

    Credits : DENNIS DAY

    Accountant : GUYLAINE PELLETIER
    Research : THE RIGHTS COMPANY
    Lawyers : HEENAN BLAIKIE LLP
    Music rights research : ARPIX MEDIA INC.
    Insurance : GLOBALEX


    Equipments
    LOCATIONS MICHEL TRUDEL

    Camera
    CINEWORKS

    Camera equipment
    MTL VIDEO

    Image post-production
    VISION GLOBALE

    Sound editing studio
    STUDIO TOC SON

    Sound post-production studio
    BEEBOP STUDIOS


    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    The director wishes to thank Matthew Honeycutt for his complete trust

    GAY LINE help line
    www.gayline.qc.ca

    Bruce Walsh Frédéric Bénard Andrea Zanin and especially Gregg Blachford

    as well as Gisela Marler and Michel Lussier


    ADDITIONAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    Denis Ayotte - Ron Barry - Paul Bellerose
    Daniel-Paul Bork - Marie-Nicole Cimon - Nathalie Clermont
    Cheryl Conroy - Zoe Crabtree - Fernand Dansereau
    Dennis Day - Martin Dubois - Natacha Dufaux
    Brigitte Dupré - Laurent Gagliardi - Joceline Genest
    Christopher Godawa - François Grisé - Vincent Iglesias
    Maria Javornik - Françoise Jean - Robert Jodoin
    Noukia Langlois - Johanne Larue - Main Film
    Priape - Claude Paiement - Arthur Page
    Pierre-Louis Patoine - Eileen Beany Peterson
    Andrea Revel - Shari Segal - Gerald Zielinski

    LOCATION ADNOWLEDGEMENTS

    Naomi London - Guy Gravel - Yves Allard - Harvey Lev
    Alain Lefebvre - Martin Boisvert - Aline Amesse - Yvan Duchesne
    Mike Torre : Le Café Grille-Pain
    André Parisé : Hôpital Lachine
    Michel Lemay, Réal Hamel : CLSC du Vieux Lachine
    Carole Descoteaux : Arrondissement Lachine
    H. Désormeaux : Motel Le Flambeau
    Bryan Turgeon : B&B Alcazar
    Gaétan Saucier : Centre St-Pierre
    Anne Marcotte : Aéroports de Montréal
    Pierre Viens : Bar Magnolia
    Suzanne Asselin : Bibliothèque Centrale
    Esther Bozzer : Centre Commercial Cavendish
    See Hwan Soi : Bistro Cavendish
    M. Ouellette : Tomo Concorde
    Louis Lemay : Ville de St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
    Christiane Pouliot : Municipalité de Mont-St-Grégoire
    Michel Gingras : Érablière La Goudrelle
    Ronny Berger : Ville de Longueuil
    François Houde, Jocelyne Alarie : Commission Scolaire Marie-Victorin
    Guy Coté, Anne-Marie Bonin : Monument National
    Mihaï George Cojocea, Jacques Filion : Ministère des Transport

    Paintings at Félix's
    BILL BISSETT

    Posters in Bobbie's office
    PIGEONS INTERNATIONAL

    Painting at Brendan's
    JEAN-GABRIEL LAMBERT

    ORIGINAL SCORE

    Composer : PETER XIROGIANNIS
    Violin and viola : MARIKA ANTHONY-SHAW
    French horn : PIETRO AMATO
    Drums : STEFAN SCHNEIDER
    Trumpet : RYHNA THOMPSON
    Piano : PETER XIROGIANNIS
    a production of FINITE RECORDS
    recorded at the Mile End Cultural Center
    thank you VID


    Piano Concerto no 21 in C Major
    Kv # 467 - 2nd Movement - Andante
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Courtesy of The Music People, Ltd.

    Piano concerto no 5 « Emperor » in E Flat Major
    Opus 73 - 2nd movement - Adagio un poco mosso
    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    Courtesy of The Music People, Ltd.

    Le Roi
    Luc Raymond et Orazio Fantini
    Disktrick Records
    © 1999

    I Don't Know
    DJ Wax et Scott Free
    Disktrick Records
    © 1999

    Munich Unique
    Interpreted by DJ Guapo and Peter X
    Composed by Simon Wayland and Peter Xirogiannis
    Courtesy of www.FiniteRecords.com
    © 1999

    The Messiah
    « For Unto Us A Child Is Born »
    Georg Friedrich Händel
    avec l'aimable autorisation de The Music People, Ltd.

    Love Is Good
    Interprété par Mephisto
    Composé par Mephisto
    © 2005

    Go Tell It On The Mountain
    Afro-american spiritual
    Sung by Andrea Revel
    Drums : Peter Xirogiannis
    Guitar : John Dodge
    Organ: Dave Lines

    Don't You Forget Me
    Excerpt from the album Citysong
    Sung by Andrea Revel
    Music and lyrics : Andrea Revel
    © 2004 Andrea Revel


    APFTQ

    AQTIS

    UDA

    DOLBY


    © Les productions Castor & Pollux inc.
    MMV




    Reviews :

    «... un hommage à Montréal, métropole aux attraits multiples, ville-refuge pour certains frappés d'ostracisme par leur milieu d'origine, ce qui peut amener à des comportements de fuite. Dans cette ville se retrouvent un éventail de personnes gaies, hommes et femmes, de l'intellectuel au policier, anglophones ou francophones, qui forment ainsi un réseau d'entraide quelquefois mis à mal par des tensions.
    La mise en scène de cette œuvre tournée rapidement en DV numérique est ici sobre et assurée... Dusan Dukic rend bien l'ambiguïté du personnage principal, épaulé habilement par Éric Cabana, Norman Helms et de jeunes acteurs. Cette attention aux détails et cette implication du groupe ont permis de hausser le film loin de la production habituelle du « téléfilm social », où tout est expliqué par le menu, qu'on pouvait craindre avec un tel sujet. »
    - Luc Chaput, SÉQUENCES, Montréal

    «...une réflexion intelligente sur la difficulté d'être qui nous mènerait parfois à vouloir changer de vie inconsciemment. »
    - Denis-Daniel Boulé, FUGUES, Montréal

    « Based on a true story, this intriguing film from accomplished director Denis Langlois (L'Escort, Danny in the Sky) asks the question: If you don't know who you are and what you like, then how do you know whom to love? »
    - Inside/Out, Toronto Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    « ...the most compelling gay-themed mysteries to cross our desk in some time. Opening up doors of memory, consciousness and morality, Amnesia is truly a remarkable film. Featuring first rate acting, super-tight writing and an unusual filming style that combines a cinema verité look with a traditional story-telling style, director Denis Langlois delivers his strongest film yet. Fast-moving and always entertaining while delivering a series of messages, Amnesia is one of the heights of this film season. »
    -- Scott Cranin, TLA Video

    « ... STRANGE and provocative...mysterious and challenging ... The payoff in Amnesia is considerable... More potent is the emotional climax of the film that simultaneously brings a sense of closure and understanding to the story while encouraging us to welcome the inevitable amount of mystery -- and unanswerable questions -- in all of our lives. »
    - Metro Weekly, Washington DC

    « ...a fascinating story-line... »
    - Dennis Harvey, VARIETY, New York

    « Langlois so effectively enters the confused mind of his protagonist that, at times, the film rivals Memento for its capacity to disorient the viewer. But unlike Memento, Amnesia ultimately deposits a satisfying amount of concrete information in our memory banks »
    - SB. JUST OUT, Portland, Oregon

    « Star Dusan Dukic, a major looker with major acting chops. »
    - L.A. FRONTIERS, Los Angeles

    « Writer-director Denis Langlois approaches the question with near-clinical detachment, until the movie's homestretch, when flashbacks reveal the filmmaker's notion that Brighton is a man ruined by love. It's a pain-filled theory, in a film that's peculiar and slow and undeniably haunting. »
    - L.A. WEEKLY, Los Angeles

    « ... an engaging tale of humanitarianism in cynical times. »
    - TIMES COLONIST, Victoria

    « Langlois handles the set-up well, managing to avoid sensationalism while keeping the basic premise true to what actually occurred... a solid cast... Amnesia is a highly engrossing take on an unforgettable Montreal story. »
    - Matthew Hays, MIRROR, Montreal

    « ...a very moving and disturbing film »
    - CBC HOMERUN,Montreal

    « ... une œuvre intrigante et efficacement mise en scène, malgré un maigre budget, qui propose une interprétation hardie d'un fait divers demeuré nébuleux... »
    - MEDIAFILM, Montréal

    « ... carried by Dusan Dukic's performance as James Brighton... Amnesia succeeds in raising questions about gay identity, and questionning audience assumptions. »
    - Rob Salerno, XTRAWEST, Vancouver

    « Firing on all physical and emotionnal cylinders, director/co-writer Denis Langlois masterfully succeeded in morphing an intriguing news item into a multi-layered film that goes far beyond narrative and deeps into the universal human conundrums of purpose, pain and pride. »
    - S.James Wegg, INSIDE OUT, Toronto

    « ... disturbing ... A timely reminder of the ravages of homophobia »
    - Richard Burnett, HOUR, Montreal

    « ... slow moving but compeling »
    - Chicago Reader, Chicago





    Festivals : more than 35 festivals around the world

    2006

    January
    Victoria Independant Film Festival

    February
    Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois

    May
    Inside Out, Toronto Int'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
    * * Jury Price : Best Canadien Feature

    June Milano Queer Culture Festival

    Frameline, San Francisco lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    July
    Outfest, Los Angeles lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Philadelphia lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    August
    Opening Film North Carolina lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Out On Screen, Vancouver lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    October
    Portland lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Tampa lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Reel Affirmations, Washington lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Reel Pride, Detroit lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Seattle lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Face à Face - Les 2e rencontres du film gay et lesbien St-Étienne - France

    November
    Reeling, Chicago lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Cardiff International Film Festival (Wales, U.K.)

    Verzaubert, lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Berlin, Frankfort, Köln and Munich (Germany)

    Mix Brazil, lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Brasilia (Brazil)

    2007

    January
    Le Festival International du Film Gay et Lesbien de Bruxelles

    February
    Reelout, Kingston (Canada) lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    March
    London lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (England)

    Febiofest, Prague's 14th lnt'l Film Festival (Czech Republic)

    April
    Le Festival International du Film Gay et Lesbien de Grenoble, France

    May
    Miami lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Le 6e Festival Reflets de Marseilles, France

    Athens lnt'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Greece)

    June
    SeLFF, Seoul 8th Queer Culture Festival (Korea)

    July
    La Mostra Lambda in Barcelona, Spain

    October
    Stockholm Queer Film Festival, Sweden.

    2008

    January
    Canary island International Gay and Lesbian film Festival (Festival del Sol)

    June
    Mauritius International Queer Film Festival

    September
    Festival de Cine Llamale H in Montevideo, Uruguay * * Audience Award: Best Feature Film

    Novembre
    2nd A Million Different Loves!? International Queer Film Festival in Lodz, Poland

    2010
    April
    Kashish - Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

    June
    The 6thSASOD Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Georgetown, Guyana.



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