Friday April 18, 2014


question of the week

Survey results are meant for general information only, and are not based on recognised statistical methods.





Oscar-nominated Dery and McCraw back with war-torn tale 'Inch'Allah'


Actress Evelyne Brochu holds up Gemeau for best actress in a soap opera at an awards gala in Montreal on September 16, 2012. Brochu stars in Quebec movie producers Luc Dery and Kim McCraw's latest film "Inch'Allah." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

TORONTO - After earning back-to-back Academy Award nominations for "Incendies" and "Monsieur Lazhar," Quebec movie producers Luc Dery and Kim McCraw gained a reputation for having a magic touch.

Actress Evelyne Brochu, who stars in their latest film "Inch'Allah," calls the pair "remarkable" but says they are modest about their accomplishments.

"They're so humble, they're like: 'Oh no, we work with friends,'" she said during an interview at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.

"And I'm like, 'No, I don't think that's only it. That's very humble.' I think (their films) come from a place of love, of passion, of dedication. And I think those things show."

In "Inch'Allah" (Arabic for "God willing") Brochu plays Chloe, a Canadian obstetrician who lives in an apartment on the Israeli side of the West Bank. She must cross a checkpoint each day to get to her job at a Palestinian clinic.

Facing enormous stress and constantly surrounded by the threat of violence, she makes friends on both sides of the barrier, including her border guard neighbour Ava (Sivan Levy) and Rand (Sabrina Ouazani), a pregnant patient whose brother Faysal (Yousef Sweid) is devoted to the cause of Palestinian liberation.

McCraw and Dery have shepherded a range of films, from the war-torn "Incendies" (which lost its Oscar bid to Denmark's "In A Better World") to the tender "Monsieur Lazhar" (edged out by the Iranian drama "A Separation").

Brochu says it's a testament to the thoroughness of the filmmaking duo that they invited her to come along on an "Inch'Allah" fact-finding mission in June 2011.

"They were doing a trip to the West Bank and Israel with the art director to have a feel of the realities because we were going to shoot most of it in Jordan. And they could have not invited me there they didn't really need to. But they did, so that I could get a sense of those realities ... have a physical sense of what it is to be there," she said.

"Not many producers would have had that initiative, I think."

Brochu whose previous screen credits include "Polytechnique" and "Cafe de Flore" says the trip helped the cast bond before the intense 39-day shoot.

She also has high praise for director Anas Barbeau-Lavalette, known for her documentary work.

"Everything she does has two things that are always present ... she has an eye for truth that is insane and she also has an eye for this underlying poetic meaning that's kind of everywhere," said Brochu.

"So even though you feel like you're watching a documentary because it's so real you also get this veil of underlying poetic beauty."

Brochu who became immersed in the politics of the region is reluctant to call the "Inch'Allah" shoot "hard," noting that she is an actress, not a doctor living with daily violence.

"I think it was challenging," she said. "But I kind of chose that because I like to be challenged, because I like to step out of my comfort zone, because I want to know what it's like to see the world through other eyes."

"Inch'Allah" opens Friday in Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.


Comments


NOTE: To post a comment in the new commenting system you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, OpenID. You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Coast Reporter welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

blog comments powered by Disqus


About Us | Advertising | Contact Us | Sitemap / RSS   Glacier Community Media: www.glaciermedia.ca    © Copyright 2014 Glacier Community Media | User Agreement & Privacy Policy
Business in Vancouver Whistler Question Squamish Chief Powell River Peak Real Estate Weekly My Local Flyers

LOG IN



Lost your password?