Canadian Film Seclected To Compete In Shanghai

Montreal filmmaker Micheline Lanctôt raises "stature of Canadian films in China."

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

The Canadian movie "Pour l'amour de Dieu" ("For the Love of God") by Quebecker Micheline Lanctôt will be shown at the Shanghai International Film Festival – which CBC News said raises the "stature of Canadian films in China." In fact, nine other Canadian projects will screen at the event as well.

The film is up for a Golden Goblet Award and will compete against nine other titles. The selected productions and co-productions are from Spain, India, Denmark, UK, Germany, France, Hungary, Holland, Ireland, Turkey, Finland and Russia.

"Pour l'amour de Dieu" is about a young woman in the late 1950s who creates a deep bond with a priest and a nun at her school (who are also secretly in love). It is set in Lanctôt's hometown of Montreal and it stars Madeleine Péloquin ("Trauma") as Soeur Cécile, Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles ("The High Cost of Living") as Père Malachy, and Ariane Legault as Léonie.

Lanctôt, who is the director as well as the writer of "Pour l'amour de Dieu," has also acted in a variety of French-language TV series, shorts and movies. She won a Canadian Film Award for Best Performance by a Lead Actress for her work in the 1972 flick "La vraie nature de Bernadette," and she has been nominated for a total of eight Genie Awards. She won a Venice Film Festival Silver Lion as well for Best First Work in "Sonatine."

The Shanghai International Film Festival is in its 15th year and will take place from June 16-24.