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Antigone by Sophie Deraspe wins the Art Cinema Award at the 30th Ciné Junior

Antigone by Sophie Deraspe wins the Art Cinema Award at the 30th Ciné Junior

The International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas is proud to announce that the Art Cinema Award at the 30th Ciné Junior goes to Antigone by Sophie Deraspe.

Film information

Antigone
Québec / Canada, 2019, 109 minutes
Director: Sophie Deraspe
Script: Sophie Deraspe (a contemporary adaptation of the work of Sophocles)
Cast: Nahéma Ricci, Rawad El-Zein, Antoine DesRochers
Production: ACPAV , +1 514 849-2281
International Sales: Wazabi Films, + 1 514 866 3020; Ligne7 (rights for France, Belgium and Switzerland)

More information on the festival’s website.

Synopsis

By helping her brother escape from prison, Antigone has to confront the existing legal system. She prefers her own sense of justice, dictated by love and solidarity, to the law of men. The brilliant teenager, whose journey so far has been spotless, sees the noose tightening around her. But she is also sustained by the wave of support from a youth that makes her its heroine.

Jury’s decision:

We are very pleased to award the CICAE prize to a film that has deeply moved us by the strength and humanity of its character and by the exceptional performance of its actress, Nahéma Ricci.

By transposing the myth of Antigone to our times, Sophie Deraspe brings out its timelessness. With the conviction, determination and revolt of her youth, her heroine stands up against a societal system that can be, in many ways, violent and unjust. This mythical, timeless, universal incarnation of Antigone resonates with a relevance that goes far beyond Quebec’s borders.

We hope that the film will find its place in cinemas around the world, that it will find its audience and that it will touch them as it has touched us.

The jury was composed of:

Anaïs PITKEVICHT, Cinéma du TNB à Rennes, France
Samuel QUIQUEMPOIS
, De la suite dans les images, Lille, France
Thomas VANDERVORST, Cinéma FA-MI-LA, Bray-Dunes, France

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