Bootlegger

Drama
French, Anishinabemowin
81 minutes
2021

Mani, a master’s student, returns to the remote place in northern Quebec where she grew up. Her painful past resurfaces. Resolved to reintegrate into her former home, she gets involved in the debate around a referendum on allowing the free sale of alcohol. Laura, a bootlegger, pockets the profits she makes there under the protection of the band council and her partner Raymond. The latter is still angry with Mani, whom he holds responsible for the death of his daughter in a fire. Two radically opposed women divide the community into two sides who face each other to determine the best path to independence.

Festival and Award

50th Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) – Opening Film 2021

Best Screenplay, CNC and Cinéfondation, 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Credits

Scriptwriters

Caroline Monnet, Daniel Watchorn

Director

Caroline Monnet

Script Consultants

Danielle Dansereau, Robert Morin

Cast

Pascale Bussières, Devery Jacobs, Samian, Jacques Newashish, Dominique Pétin, Joséphine Bacon, C,S, Gilbert Crazy Horse, Brigitte Poupart, Charles Bender

Editing

Aube Foglia

Cinematography

Nicolas Canniccioni

Production Designer

Louisa Schabas

Costumes

Éric Poirier

Sound

Stéphane Barsalou, Guillaume Daoust, Jean-François B. Sauvé, Bernard Gariepy Strobl

Produced by

Catherine Chagnon

Executive Producer

Pierre Even

Associate Producer

Sheldon McGregor

Production

Microclimat Films

Financing

SODEC, Telefilm Canada, Fonds Harold Greenberg

In Association with

Best Friend Forever

In Collaboration with

Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Super Écran

Markets

CineMart, Berlinale Co-production Market, Cinéfondation, BoostNL, Stowe Story Labs, First Cut Lab FNC, First Look USA

 

Distribution in Canada

MK2 MILE END

Press Relations in Canada

Ixion Communications / MingoTwo

International Sales

Best Friend Forever

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