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Max Films was founded by Roger Frappier, its president and CEO, in 1990. Since its inception, the company has developed and produced over 30 films. Not only is Frappier among the elite of Canadian film producers, but he has also been recognized as one of the leading worldwide producers, highlighted by homage at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998 as one of the top eleven producers from around the world.
Max Films is a Montreal-based production company which specialises in developing and producing feature films from talented directors, which many went on having a remarkable international reputation (including BORDERLINE, LA GRANDE SÉDUCTION, MAELSTRÖM, JESUS OF MONTREAL, THE DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE).
The most recent feature film of the company is HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS, by François Girard, which premiered at TIFF in 2017 and was selected to represent Canada at the Oscars. Roger Frappier is currently teaming up with Academy Award-winning writer/director Jane Campion on her latest feature, THE POWER OF THE DOG. Netflix will release the film in 2021 on Netflix and in theaters.
Director: Roger Frappier & Justin Kingsley
Cast: Kent Nagano, Tomson Highway, Matthew Ricketts, Evie Mark, Florent Vollant, Akinisie Sivuarapik, Ernest Webb
An orchestra and its famed conductor Kent Nagano go on tour in Quebec’s great northern tundra to visit Cree, Innu and Inuit communities and share an Indigenous chamber opera that teaches white men to laugh, and therefore love more. Chaakapesh the Trickster - written by Tomson Highway, scored by Matthew Ricketts and performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra - is the best and most contemporary example in the world today of collaboration in a time of cultural appropriation. The language of music binds a tale told in Cree, English, French, Innu and Inuit, and serves as an example for all to follow: respect and appreciation for the unique beauty of others.
Closing movie - Festival of New Cinema
HOCHELAGA, TERRE DES ÃMES (HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS) 2017
Director: François Girard
Screenplay: François Girard
Cast: Samian, Vincent Perez, Raoul Trujillo, Wahiakeron Gilbert
A tremendous downpour hits Montreal, and a spectacular sinkpole opens up in Percival Molson Stadium in the middle of a football game. The stadium is evacuated, and a few hours later, it becomes a protected archaeological site. Centuries of history are revealed beneath the field. Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny begins investigating, and he will discover the multitude of generations who have occupied this land, each with buried secrets. Baptiste then sets out to find what he has spent his career searching for: the vestiges of the village of Hochelaga where his Iroquoian ancestors met French explorer Jacques Cartier in October 1535. Hochelaga, Land of Souls explores 750 years of history in one single spot where the souls of all centuries and all cultures come together.
Toronto International Film Festival
Busan Film Festival
Palm Springs Festival
TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Kim Nguyen
Screenplay: Kim Nguyen
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Tatiana Maslany
We are in the Great North, near the North Pole, in a modern town where about two hundred souls live precariously in minus fifty weather, and where roads lead to nowhere but the endless white. It is in this eerie lunar landscape that Lucy and Roman, two young tormented souls, fall in love. But now, ghosts from Lucy's past are coming back, and she needs to run away or she will burn. Together, these lovers decide to make a leap for life, a leap for inner peace. They head out in the Great White, where the strangeness makes one feel he is travelling inside of himself.
Selected at Director's Fortnight, Cannes
Toronto International Film Festival
Opening move - Festival of New Cinema