MONTREAL—Quebec’s francophone entertainment universe is small but prolific. It tends to punch above its weight in most per capita calculations.
But its cultural industries still face the same pitfalls: successful business formulas are often imposed upon creative products in the expectation that the box-office successes will also be repeated.
However the recent laurels for film director Robin Aubert and, separately, for singer-songwriter Philippe Brach have proven there is still room for players with talent and the will to flip the script on Quebec’s cultural moulds.
Aubert actually had two films — Tuktuq and Les Affamés(Ravenous) — in contention at last week’s Quebec Cinema Gala. But it was the latter production — a bloody, brutal treatment of a village in rural Quebec overrun by face-eating zombies — that took the Best Film prize.