Kingston Canadian Film Festival | Nelly
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Features, Friday, Saturday, The Screening Room


Director: Anne Émond

Featuring: Mylène Mackay, Emmanuel Schwartz, Marie-Claude Guérin

Language: French (with English subtitles)

Runtime: 100 minutes

Rating: 18A

Guest in attendance

Marie-Claude Guérin / Actress

Friday, March 3

2:15 pm

The Screening Room

Saturday, March 4

10:00 am

The Screening Room

Presented with support from


The frankness and dramatic weight that writer-director Anne Émond (Nuit #1, Les êtres chers) lends her stories is nothing short of extraordinary. Her third feature, Nelly, is made with the same unflinching approach, taking the multi-faceted nature of its subject as an inspiration for its very form. One of the most controversial writers in Quebec history, Nelly Arcan (born Isabelle Fortier) published Putain (Whore) in 2001, causing a sensation in literary circles with a tale of prostitution based on her own experience in the trade. But with the success of that debut novel came crushing anxieties, all of which found their way into her work. Émond writes the onscreen Nelly as a composite of Arcan’s many personas and her fictional characters, brought to life in an astounding, kaleidoscopic performance by Mylène Mackay. As the film moves from one striking passage of the author’s oeuvre to the next, from elating highs to desperate lows, we are immersed in her lush and punishing world.  — MAGALI SIMARD, TIFF