Admission: VIP, sponsor, guest, three-film pass, or rush/single ticket for Gabrielle.
Canada’s official submission for consideration in the Academy Awards’ foreign-language category this year, GABRIELLE has become an audience favourite worldwide and it’s easy to see why. This emotionally affecting second feature by Quebec’s Louise Archambault is distinguished first and foremost by Gabrielle Marion-Rivard’s lead performance as a young woman who longs for the right to choose how to live and who to love. The fact that Gabrielle has the neuro-developmental disorder known as Williams syndrome is just one of the many complications she faces as she strives for greater autonomy as well as a bona-fide romance with Martin (Alexandre Landry), another member of her choir group for developmentally disabled adults. Though Archambault’s efforts could’ve yielded an excess of sentimentality, GABRIELLE retains a fine balance of sensitivity, frankness and sweetness. The participation of musical icon Robert Charlebois adds yet more vitality to another triumph from the same production team that gave us INCENDIES (KCFF, 2011) and MONSIEUR LAZHAR (KCFF, 2012), both of which won our People’s Choice Awards. The KCFF is proud to present GABRIELLE as this year’s opening-night selection.