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THE KILLER (LE TUEUR) on DVD from March 10th!

March 02, 2009
We are very pleased to announce the release of the very first DVD of the Evokative Collection: THE KILLER (LE TUEUR), a film written and directed by Cédric Anger. This French mix of thriller and psychological drama stars Gilbert Melki (ANGEL-A, INTIMATE STRANGER, MONSIEUR IBRAHIM), Grégoire Colin (IN THE ARMS OF MY ENEMY, THE INTRUDER, SEX IS COMEDY), and Mélanie Laurent (PARIS, DON’T WORRY, I’M FINE, THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED).

Christmas Eve in Paris. Leo Zimmerman is a businessman who lives for his beloved little daughter’s smile. Outwardly, his life is exemplary. However, when Dimitri Kopas walks into his office, pretending to be a normal client, Leo understands that a contract is out on his head and that the young man has come to town to kill him. Overcome with anxiety and paranoia, no longer able to sleep, Leo decides to meet the killer face to face and to broker a strange deal.

Released in Montreal and Toronto in November 2008, THE KILLER had its North-American Premiere last July at the Fantasia International Film Festival, where the actor Grégoire Colin was present to introduce the film. THE KILLER was also part of, amongst others, the programming of this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it was selected as one of the 10 Variety’s Critic’s Choice. Last November THE KILLER was nominated for the Louis-Delluc Prize of the Best First Film.

THE KILLER (LE TUEUR) will be available in all good DVD retail and rental locations from March 10th. In accordance with the innovative vocation of Evokative, the DVD packaging is an environmentally-friendly and elegant digipack made of 100% recycled materials and wrapped in a 100% biodegradable cellophane. The packaging includes a booklet with an exclusive Director’s note and a preface by Simon Laperrière, programmer at the Fantasia Festival. The DVD offers special features such as English subtitles, a Director’s commentary (in French only), as well as NOVELA, the first short-feature by Cédric Anger also starring Grégoire Colin (in French only).

HANSEL & GRETEL wins two awards at Fantasporto!

March 01, 2009
We’ve just learned that the South-Korean dark fantasy HANSEL & GRETEL won two awards at the 29th edition of the Oporto International Film Festival (Fantasporto) which ended today. The film directed by YIM Phil-sung won the Special Prize of the Fantasy Competition and the Best Film Award of the Orient Express section.

The other Jury Awards were given to IDIOTS AND ANGELS, the excellent animation by Bill Plympton, which won the Best Film Award of the Fantasy Competition, as well as to MOSCOW, BELGIUM, by Christophe Van Rompaey, which was chosen as Best Film of the 19th Director’s Week. Most commonly called Fantasporto, the Portuguese festival is considered amongst the 25 leading festivals of the world, according to Variety International Film Guide.

HANSEL & GRETEL already got attention on the International film festival circuit after being part of the official selections of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (Pifan), where it won a Special Mention, the Sitges International Film Festival and the London Film Festival in 2008, followed by the Gerardmer Fantastic Film Festival and lately the Oporto International Film Festival (Fantasporto) this year. In Canada, HANSEL & GRETEL had the honour of being chosen as the Closing Film of the Dragons and Tigers section at the Vancouver International Film Festival, to follow with the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival.

The film will be screening from March 6th, for a two-weeks run, at the AMC Forum theatre in Montreal, with a Korean with English subtitles copy. HANSEL & GRETEL will then go on to play in Toronto from March 27th and Vancouver from April 17th. On Friday March 6th, the Evokative Films team will be present at the AMC Forum theatre to raffle various prizes among those attending the 7:10 pm screening.
To see the event on Facebook: HANSEL & GRETEL @ AMC

HANSEL & GRETEL in theatres from March 6th!

February 19, 2009
Evokative Films is very pleased to announce the theatrical release of the South-Korean dark fantasy HANSEL & GRETEL. The film will be screening from March 6th, for a two-weeks run, at the AMC Forum theatre in Montreal, with a Korean with English subtitles copy. HANSEL & GRETEL will then go on to play in Toronto from March 27th and Vancouver from April 17th.

Written and directed by YIM Phil-Sung (ANTARTIC JOURNAL), the films starts CHEON Jeong-myeong and the young actors SIM Eun-kyung, JANG Yeong-Nam and JIN Ji-hee. A stellar crew contributed to the films, including Production Designer RYU Seong-hie (THE HOST, A BITTERSWEET LIFE, OLDBOY, MEMORIES OF MURDER), Cinematographer KIM Ji-yong (A BITTERSWEET LIFE) and Composer LEE Byung-woo (THE HOST, A TALE OF TWO SISTERS). When Eun-soo crashes his car on a country road, he meets a young girl who leads him to her beautiful house in the middle of the forest, where he is welcomed by her parents and two young siblings, who appear to be the picture of the perfect family. The morning after, when he tries to get back to his car, the forest seems never-ending and inevitably leads back to the house. Soon Eun-soo realizes he’s trapped in the kids’ gloomy fairy-tale alternate reality, a world no other adult has managed to escape alive before him.

HANSEL & GRETEL got attention on the International film festival circuit after being part of the official selections of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (Pifan), the Sitges International Film Festival and the London Film Festival in 2008, followed by the Gerardmer Fantastic Film Festival and the Fantasporto International Film Festival this year. In Canada HANSEL & GRETEL had the honour of being chosen as the Closing Film of the Dragons and Tigers section at the Vancouver International Film Festival, to then follow with the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival.

BLACK @ SXSW!

February 18, 2009
I was very happy to learn last night that BLACK was one of the six titles programmed by Fantastic Fest for the 2009 SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival and Conference in Austin, Texas!

 I believe this festival will be the perfect platform for BLACK’s World Premiere, which the fest nicely describes as “A nouveau-blacksploitation adventure awash in black magic, African Mysticism, mutant arms dealers, gargantuan machete-wielding mercenary armies and a truckload of knuckle-sandwiches.”

Other selected titles include much buzzed-about Ong Bak 2, The Horseman, Lesbian Vampire Killers, the Haunting in Connecticut and Pontypool. Now I want to go to Austin too!

Twitchfilm.net dedicated a post just for this news, which you can read at Twitchfilm.net. You may also want to visit the SXSW Film and Conference website at SXSW.com and the Fantastic Fest at FantasticFest.com.

Special thanks for Wide Management for working on the festival booking, and the Fantastic Fest team, helmed by Tim League, for selecting the film!

So, what have you been up to?

January 29, 2009
Wow, I realize it’s been exactly a month since my last post. So what have we been up to at Evokative?

Well for starters there’s been more travelling as I attended the Unifrance Rendez-vous of French Cinema, followed by the Rotterdam International Film Festival and finally Ciné-Québec. Many films were seen, a lot of hands were shaken and hopefully these will lead to some nice acquisitions in the near future.

I had my first radio interview for Simahlak’s Gumbo Radio on CKUT, which you can listen here: Gumbo Radio January 20th

We also welcomed a new addition to the team, Émilie Lacourt, who is now Evokative’s General Assistant.

Finally we’ve been busy working on the production of our very first DVD, THE KILLER (LE TUEUR), which will hit good DVD rental stores in March. Adrift in Tokyo will also finally be released in theatres soon, so stay tuned for more news very soon.

THE KILLER (LE TUEUR) in Vancouver for the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois et francophone

January 29, 2009
THE KILLER (LE TUEUR) will finally get to play in Vancouver at the 15th edition of the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois et francophone on February 6th, 2009 at 9:30pm, at the Pacific Cinematheque.

SPARE CHANGE, from Ryan Larkin and Laurie Gordon, will play beforehand.

This will be the only chance for those in the Vancouver area to see the film on the big screen before its DVD release in March, so make the most of it! You may see the Facebook event here.

ADRIFT IN TOKYO and PARKING make Twitchfilm’s “Best films of 2008″ lists

December 29, 2008
As 2008 comes to a close, film critics are making their countdowns of the best films seen through the year. I’ve been very happy to see that not one, but two films from Evokative’s line-up have been mentionned in Twitchfilm’s Best of 2008 lists.


First, Todd Brown, Editor of the web’s best International genre film site mentionned, in 2nd position no less, ADRIFT IN TOKYO as one of his 25 Best films of 2008. That means a lot because Todd sees an impressive amount of films every year and has a film knowledge that puts me to shame. Here’s what he had to say about it: ldquo;After a string of well received but generally middling features, writer-director Miki Satoshi vaulted into Japan’s top tier with ADRIFT IN TOKYO.  The deceptively simple story of a down on his luck college student forced to accompany a yakuza debt collector on a lengthy walk through Tokyo is a wistful road movie run in slow motion, a love story to the city and the damaged souls who live on its fringes.”




Then Simon Laperrière, one of Twitchfilm’s contributors, mentionned PARKING in 5th position in his 10 Best films of 2008. Here’s what he had to say about it: “Programmers, please look into this film, it’s a real crowd pleaser. Director Chung Mong-hong uses the butterfly effect as a device to let us go throught various emotions with an impressive fluidity. Calling it an anthology film wouldn’t do justice to a script that keeps everything logically linked. Try to seek this one, you won’t regret it.”




See the lists and learn a thing or two while you’re at it: Films that Todd liked in 2008 and Films that Simon liked in 2008