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Canada (Québec) | 2016 | 98 minutes | Chloé Robichaud

In Quebecois director Chloé Robichaud’s wry, feminist satire, three women; a political aide, a mediator, and the president of a tiny island nation off the Canadian coast; try to balance their personal lives with the male-dominated world of international politics.

"My love for this wicked and dryly funny feminist political satire deepens each time I think about it."—Marcus Gorman, SIFF Programmer

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50 kilometers off the coast of Labrador lies Besco, a tiny island nation about to be pulled kicking and screaming into the global arena. Newly elected Besco president Danielle Richard (Macha Grenon, Barney's Version) has inherited an economic crisis, and with much trepidation calls an emergency summit to discuss potential foreign investment in her country's iron ore. Enter the Canadian politicians, a blustering group of men in three-piece suits who will not hesitate stripping the island's major natural resource for the lowest possible figure; among them is Felixe (Nathalie Doummar), a young female Ottawa representative and the only one with a conscience. Between the two sides—ministers, developers, lobbyists—sits Emily (Emily VanCamp, ABC's "Revenge"), the bilingual American negotiator desperately trying to hold things together. These meetings—appropriately set in schoolrooms and gymnasiums considering the schoolyard-esque bullying perpetrated by all parties—quickly spin out of control, a biting social commentary on small-scale politics writ large. Following up her triumphant, Cannes-nominated debut Sarah Prefers to Run (2013), Chloé Robichaud fashions a feminist-leaning political satire with an impressive tonal range, spanning from humor to satire to terror, as these three women try to make good in a frustratingly sexist world.

Director Biography

In 2013, director Chloé Robichaud was already at her second participation in Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival with her first feature Sarah Prefers to Run. In 2012, her short Herd Leader had competed for the Palme d'or. Chloé Robichaud is also the creator of the internatio-nally successful web series "Feminin / feminin," launched in 2014.

Sponsored by Canadian Studies Center UW, Consulate General of Canada, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles, Boulart Bread

  • Original Language Title: Pays
  • Director: Chloé Robichaud
  • Principal Cast: Macha Grenon, Emily VanCamp, Nathalie Doummar, Rémy Girard, Alexandre Landry
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Canada (Québec)
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Producer: Fanny-Laure Malo, Pierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin, Barbara Doran
  • Screenplay: Chloé Robichaud
  • Cinematographers: Jessica Lee Gagné
  • Editors: Michel Arcand
  • Music: Simon Bertrand
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Sarah Prefers to Run (2013)
  • Language: French Canadian, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Indie Sales