Director: Anne Émond
Featuring: Alexane Jamieson, Léanne Désilets, Antoine Desrochers
Language: French subtitled in English
Runtime: 97 minutes
Until now, Anne Émond’s reputation as one of Quebec’s most thoughtful and talented young directors has been staked on exquisitely wrought dramas like such past KCFF selections as LES ÊTRES CHERS. But the filmmaker’s latest shows what she can do in a lighter register, too. Drawing from her own adolescence, Émond mixes dramatic and comedic elements to craft this wholly engaging story of an overweight teenager whose efforts to defy her bullies and improve her social standing may imperil the relationships that mean the most to her. Along with Émond’s perceptive writing and astute direction, Alexane Jamieson’s terrific performance elevates JEUNE JULIETTE far above the typical teen movie.
Director screenwriter Anne Émond lives and works in Montreal. Between 2005 and 2011, she wrote and directed seven short films, amond them Naissances and Sophie Lavoie, which were screened at several international festivals and won many prizes. In 2011, she directed her first feature film, Nuit #1, presented at more than twenty-five international film festivals, including Busan, Rotterdam, Taipei and the TIFF. The film won several prizes and citations, including Best First Feature at the 2012 Genie Awards and has been sold to ten countries, most notably France and the United States. Our Loved Ones (2015), her second feature, was also well-received and acclaimed (Locarno, TIFF, Le Gala du Cinéma Québécois, Canadian Screen Awards). In 2016, she wrote and directed the feature film Nelly, freely adapted from the life and work of Quebec writer Nelly Arcan. The movie started strongly with TIFF & FIFF and continued its career in numerous festivals throughout the world.
Her latest film, Young Juliet, received very positive critical and public reviews and is now touring festivals around the world, in addition to winning the Audience Award at the Calgary International Film Festival.
Anne is currently working on writing her next feature film, New World.