Seven Quebec Feature Films to Benefit from Fonds MELS

August 7, 2019

Montreal, August 7, 2019 – Fonds MELS has announced the seven Quebec feature films
– both fiction and documentary – that have been selected as the fund’s very first
beneficiaries. The chosen directors and producers will share a total allocation of $1 million
through this assistance program.

Launched last winter, Fonds MELS provides production support, including equipment
rental, video and audio postproduction and visual effects services. “Fonds MELS allows
us to strengthen our bond with Quebec’s movie industry, as we support both up-andcoming talent and established artists,” explains Marie-Christine Jean, MELS Director of
Business Development. “This sort of initiative lets us reaffirm to every member of
Quebec’s film community that we’re behind them all the way, and we take special pride
and satisfaction in contributing to their projects,” adds MELS President Michel Trudel.

Here are the selected projects:

ERRANCE SANS RETOUR
Writer/Director: Olivier Higgins, Mélanie Carrier
Production: Mö Films
This feature-length documentary explores the daily life of a young Rohingya refugee living
in Kutupalong, the world’s largest refugee camp. It’s a place that seems beyond space
and time, filled with the living ghosts of a population in exile. Is existence still possible for
them?

FEMMES AU SOMMET
Writer: Caroline Côté
Directors: Florence Pelletier, Caroline Côté
Production: Les Films Denali Inc. (Samuel Trudelle, Florence Pelletier, Caroline Côté)
This 75-minute documentary feature follows five Quebec women as they take on the
formidable challenge of completing a 20-day expedition in the province’s northern
territories. They’ll be taken way out of their comfort zones as they cross Kuururjuaq Park
from east to west on their own, as a tribute to the Native Peoples who have been making
this journey for thousands of years.

GRAND NORD
Writer/Director: Annick Blanc
Production: 9244-0241 Québec inc. (Midi La Nuit) (Annick Blanc, Maria Gracia Turgeon)
In a remote hunting lodge, mysterious runaway Cynthia causes turmoil among a group of
hunters celebrating a bachelor party. After she deftly manages to earn the group’s
acceptance, a hunting accident confronts the men to the dilemma of endangering their
comfort out of altruism. Only Cynthia seems ready to do the right thing, but she lets herself
be seduced by the group for a bit too long. Comedy, horror, mystery and sensuality come
together in a unique environment.

LE SANG DU PÉLICAN
Writer/Director: Denis Boivin
Production: Productions Dionysos inc.
Marie Guyart, a.k.a. Saint Marie of the Incarnation, returns to help the last Ursuline nuns
vacate her convent, built in 1642. During these modern-day encounters, Marie relives her
milestones, and with hindsight, she defends the First Nations and reflects on the problems
she faced – some of which persist to this day.

LES RAYONS GAMMA
Writer/Director: Henry Bernadet
Production: COOP Vidéo de Montréal (Jean-Martin Gagnon, Vuk Stojanovic)
This production shares one summer in the lives of teenagers from Montreal’s St-Michel
neighbourhood. Confronted with the fragility of relationships, they discuss and experience
friendship, love, betrayal, ambition and disillusionment. The movie is propelled by a new,
diverse and inclusive generation of Quebec talent, focusing not only on immigration, but
primarily on the daily realities of these youngsters.
The project is part of a creative collaboration with young non-actors from George-Vanier
High School in Montreal.

NITASSINAN
Writers: Réginald Vollant, Carlos Ferrand, Joséphine Bacon
Directors: Carlos Ferrand, Joséphine Bacon
Production: 9104-0998 Québec inc. (Josée Rock, Ian Boyd)
The history of the huge northern territory called Nitassinan – of which the Innu are both
inhabitants and custodians – is closely intertwined with the history of the Innu Nation
itself. This story of resilience and determination follows the long journey of these native
peoples, their migrations between shorelines and forests, their nomadic and sedentary
existence, their ancestral values vs. white culture, and their language in cohabitation
with French. It’s an inspiring tale that blends archival images with cutting-edge
technology, to propel a Nation’s past into the future.

NULLE TRACE
Writer/Director: Simon Lavoie
Production: 9402-6937 Québec inc.
In a not-too-distant future, an ageless woman called N journeys across the railway by
handcar. A smuggler and a woman of few words who’s been scarred by life, N guide a
pious young woman and her child across the border, not knowing that their destinies are
intrinsically linked to each other, and to this inhospitable land where elusive danger looms
large.

About Fonds MELS

Fonds MELS is meant for Quebec producers and directors looking to finalize their
financing at the production and/or postproduction stage of a documentary or fictional
feature film project. For details about the fund’s eligibility criteria, visit fondsmels@melsstudios.com.

About MELS

Mels Studios and Postproduction, part of TVA Group, is a well-known name in the film
industry. Its 350 professionals provide expert services under the motto “Proud partner in
your projects.” MELS’ services include soundstage and equipment rental, visual effects,
sound and picture postproduction, mobile unit rental, theatrical distribution, and
distribution for television, Internet and smart devices.

Information: Marianne Nycz | marianne.nycz@tva.ca | 514 526-9251, ext. 3087