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Michel Monty’s Life Begins launches Item 7 in 2009. Together with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Café de Flore and Kim Nguyen’s War Witch, Item 7’s first three productions receive great public and critical claim earning many nominations and awards, including a nomination to the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for War Witch.

Guided by our curiosity and instincts, the company shows its versatility in several genres, from art films to psychological drama, through comedy, suspense, science fiction, thriller. Recently, Item 7 has distinguished itself with three co-productions – BROOKLYN, A KID and BON COP BAD COP 2 – all of which have had great success at the box office in Quebec and abroad. BROOKLYN has also received several prestigious nominations at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Canadian Screen Awards.

In 2019 Item 7 has released its most ambitious production to date, THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, a third collaboration with writer-director Kim Nguyen. In December 18th we will release MARIA CHAPDELAINE the 4th film of director Sébastien Pilote and in 2021 the co-production Best Sellers starring Michael Caine and our first VR project MARCO POLO GO ROUND.

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(In co-production with Belgium’s Belga Productions)

Format:            Feature film

Genre:              Drama

Director:          Sébastien Pilote (known for The Auction & The Salesman)

Screenplay:      Sébastien Pilote

Cast:                 Sara Montpetit, Sébastien Ricard, Hélène Florent, Antoine Olivier Pilon et Gilbert Sicotte

MARIA CHAPDELAINE, a young woman lives with her family on a land on the banks of the Péribonka River in rural Québec in the 1910s. True pioneers, the Chapdelaine family works tirelessly to push back the forest boundaries. Where the harshness of everyday life meets the delicacy of a life warm family, Maria, strong and full of hope, finds herself in dilemmas of size. François Paradis, free and wild lumberjack, promises Maria to come back in the spring to marry her while Lorenzo Surprenant offers her a easy life in a city in the United States and Eutrope Gagnon, a valiant and modest farmer, took a lot of colonization near the Chapdelaine. Between territory, family and love, Maria, pushed into the adult world, will suddenly have to choose her future.


Format:            Feature film

Genre:              Drama

Director:          Kim Nguyen

Screenplay:     Kim Nguyen

Cast:                 Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek

In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of High Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a fibre-optic cable straight between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. But nothing is straightforward for this flawed pair. Anton is the brains, Vincent is the hustler, and together they push each other and everyone around them to breaking point on their quixotic adventure. Constantly breathing down their necks is their old boss Eva Torres (Salma Hayek) a powerful, intoxicating and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them and beat them at their own game. No matter what the cost, Vincent and Anton are determined to cut through America, only to find redemption at the end of their line, not through money, but through family and reconnecting to the land.

Toronto IFF – Special Presentations (2018); London FF (2018); Busan IFF (2018); IFF Rotterdam (2019); Göteborg FF (2019)


Format:            Feature film

Genre:              Drama

Director:          Kim Nguyen

Screenplay:     Kim Nguyen

Cast:                 Joe Cole, Brent Skagford, Lina El Arabi

From the Academy Award Nominated Director Kim Nguyen, EYE ON JULIET tells the story of an unlikely encounter between Gordon (Joe Cole), a hexapod operator, and Ayusha (Lina El Arabi), a young woman from the Middle East. Gordon, guardian of a pipeline in this desert region, becomes fascinated by Ayusha, while piloting his robotic spider from the other side of the world, in America. Ayusha is promised to an older man she doesn’t love. Despite the distance, their mutual fear and their imperfect interaction, he will do everything in his power to help her escape her fate. Filmed on location in Morocco, Paris and Canada

Int’l sales: Tajj Films Distribution (USA) and Playtime (ROW).
Venice Days – Giornate degli Autori (2017) FEDEORA PRIZES BEST FILM; Toronto IFF – Special Presentations (2017);

Warsaw FF (2017); IFF of India Goa (2017); Palm Springs IFF (2018)


(In co-production with Ireland’s Parallel Films.)

Format:            Feature film

Genre:              Comedy

Director:          Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais

Screenplay:      Marc Tulin, Emanuel Hoss Desmarais

Cast:                 Matthew Goode, Toni Collette, Fionula O’Flannagan, Suzanne Clément

Birthmarked is set in 1977 where two respected scientists, BEN MORIN and his wife CATHERINE O’NEAL , quit their jobs at the university to conduct an experiment they think will revolutionize our understanding of human identity. The project aims to raise three children contrarily to their genetic predispositions to prove the ultimate power of nurture over nature. They want to prove that everyone has the same potential to become anything. MAYA, a newborn girl adopted from two feebleminded parents, is raised to be smart, while MAURICE, a newborn boy adopted from two anger-prone parents, is raised to be a pacifist. Finally, their own biological son LUKE, who comes from a long lineage of scientific brains, is raised to become a revered artist. The experiment will reveal little scientific truth, but rather lead Ben and Catherine to discover the true value of family

Int’l sales: Aqute Media.