Film Maudit 2.0 – HAPPY FACE
November 15 @ 6:45 pm - 8:35 pm PST$10
Desperate to become less shallow, Stan, a handsome 19-year-old, deforms his face with bandages and attends a support group for people with facial differences after he learns his cancer-ridden mother will undergo invasive facial surgery. But when he’s exposed as an impostor, Stan strikes a deal with Vanessa, the obese, domineering workshop leader to let him stay and build up his immunity to ugliness, and in exchange he’ll train her disfigured patients on how to use their facial differences as a weapon against our beauty-obsessed culture.
Happy Face, written by Alexandre Franchi & Joëlle Bourjolly and directed by Alexandre Franchi, is based on autobiographical events as Alexandre grew up witnessing his single mother’s struggle with cancer. The characters in the film are real people with facial differences playing a fictionalized version of themselves. Understanding and acceptance is not always easy to watch. It is heartbreaking but also touching. (World Premiere: Festival Nouveau Cinema de Montreal)
Screened with short film: Masked (USA, 13:02, dir. Christoph Younes)
After being embarrassed during a night out, a confused girl decides to take drastic actions so she doesn’t fall victim to her ego and thoughts of fitting in ever again.
Will she find herself in time?
Director Bio (HAPPY FACE)
Alexandre Franchi left a successful banking career in Canada and the Persian Gulf to pursue his passion for film. His short film Troll Concerto screened at TIFF in 2005 and sold internationally. Other award-winning shorts include Terminal Venus (2003) and Fata Morgana (2002). Franchi’s first feature The Wild Hunt (2009), which he co-wrote, produced and directed, won Best Canadian First Feature at« TIFF 2009 and the Slamdance 2010 Audience Award. Franchi’s films often feature characters, which escape an unbearable reality and take refuge in their imaginary worlds. Happy Face is his second feature and the first part of Alexandre’s Cancer Trilogy.
Director Bio (MASKED)
Christoph Younes was born on 27th February 1991, in a small town called Kingston, in Southwest London. A child of four, he found his love of cinema at a young age, struggling to voice his opinion and thoughts within such a large family, He wrote scripts and drew his ideas to life from as young as 8 years old.