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Mars et Avril

Year 2012
Runtime 90 mins
Language French, English subtitles
Subtitles French language with English subtitles
Canadian Premiere

Director Martin Villeneuve is scheduled to attend

Forget what you thought was possible in a Canadian film. Written, directed and produced by Martin Villeneuve based on his own graphic novel, Mars et Avril is a visually stunning sci-fi fantasy set in a futuristic Montreal. With visual effects help from Carlos Monzon (Avatar, Transformers), Villeneuve has crafted a debut with the grandeur of a Hollywood blockbuster and the eloquence of the art house.

With the first manned mission to Mars as its backdrop, Mars et Avril follows three musical genuises: Jacob Obus (Jacques Languirard), an aging jazz musician and legendary lothario; Eugene Spaak (veteran film and theatre director Robert LePage), a late technological wizard who lives on in a cybernetic body; and Arthur (Paul Ahmarani), who builds instruments modelled after female bodies. Each of the three finds their lives altered by the appearance of the gorgeous young photographer, Avril. A poetic love story set in a sumptuously rendered future, Mars et Avril provides a science fiction world of a kind rarely seen on screen — it is subtle, beautiful and distinctly Quebecois.

After the screening, help us wrap up the festival in style with a party and feast at Double Zero Pizza, the premiere pizza, beer and wine hotspot in downtown Calgary. With good tunes and delicious food, it's the perfect place to mix and mingle with the city's coolest cinephiles, and to celebrate another year of incredible film at CIFF.



Tickets for the Closing Night Gala are $55.00 on sale now at

Date: Saturday, September 29

Venue: Globe Cinema

Time: 7:00pm with reception to follow

Sponsored by: Double Zero Pizza, Moet & Chandon, Steam Whistle Brewery



Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2012
Martin Villeneuve
Executive Producer
Lynda Beaulieu, Pierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin
Robert Lepage, Benoit Beaulieu, Anne-Marie Gelinas
Denis Villeneuve, Martin Villeneuve
Benoit Beaulieu
Mathieu Demers
Production Design
Francois Schuiten
Benoit Charest
Jacques Languirand, Caroline Dhavernas, Robert Lepage, Paul Ahmarani