Amazing Grace

A FILM BY SARIANNE CORMIER

Short Film – Quebec – 2015 – 19:27 min
B&W | French with English subtitles | 1:85:1 | Dolby 5.1

SYNOPSIS

Montreal, December 31, 1933.

On the snowy corner of Sainte-Catherine and De La Montagne streets, exited passersby are preparing to celebrate. Inside the storefront window of the grand Ogilvy store, a young woman watches them with envy. Today, she has worked steadfastly to animate the mechanical puppets of the Christmas storefront. Tonight, she has nowhere to go. When the store closes, she finds herself outside admiring a party in a neighboring house. She notices a young man. In spite of the cold, she doesn’t move, looking at the young man, and she is softly swept away into a world of dreams.

Amazing Grace is loosely adapted from the short story The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen, transposed into Montreal’s industrial 1930s.

  • Festival du nouveau cinéma, 2015
  • Festival de cinéma dans Lanaudière, 2015
  • Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, 2016
  • Regard : Saguenay International Short Film Festival, 2016
  • Flicker’s : Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2016
  • Les Percéides, Percé, 2016
  • Off-Courts Trouville, Trouville-sur-Mer, France, 2016
  • Plein(s) Écran(s) – Facebook Film Festival, 2016
  • Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, 2017

CAST

  • Claudine Hébert
  • Victor Andrès Trelles Turgeon
  • Maude Desrosiers
  • Philomène Lévesque-Rainville
  • Marie-Claude St-Laurent
  • Émilie Gratton

CREW

  • Screenplay: Sarianne Cormier
  • Script collaborator: Patrice Charbonneau-Brunelle
  • Director: Sarianne Cormier
  • Production: Carolyne Goyette (Les Films 4C Productions)
  • Cinematography: Vincent Biron
  • Production Design: Patrice Charbonneau-Brunelle
  • Editing: Sophie Farkas Bolla
  • Sound: Patrice D’Aragon, Thierry Bourgault-D’Amico, Vincent Cardinal
  • Music: Patrice D’Aragon
  • Animation: Nicolas Germain-Marchand

Sarianne Cormier’s first short film, Les Vestiges, won considerable visibility in being chosen for many film festivals, amongst which the FNC, and was also shown on Japanese television and on TV5. It was also shown as an opening film for the feature Sarah prefers to run, by Chloé Robichaud. The short also won the Films Séville prize at the Prends Ça Court Gala in 2013.

As an actress, Sarianne played in films L’Affaire Dumont (Podz), Miraculum (Podz), Chorus (François Delisle), Le Coeur de Madame Sabali(Ryan McKenna) and Curling (Denis Côté). She currently plays on Canadian TV in 19-2 (Podz) and Mémoires Vives (Brigitte Couture and Pierre Théorêt). Sarianne graduated from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal in 2006.

FILMOGRAPHY

Amazing Grace (La Volupté) – 2015

  • Festival du nouveau cinéma, 2015
  • Festival de cinéma dans Lanaudière, 2015
  • Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, 2016
  • Regard: Saguenay International Short Film Festival, 2016
  • Flicker’s : Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2016
  • Les Percéides, Percé, 2016
  • Off-Courts Trouville, Trouville-sur-Mer, France, 2016
  • Plein(s) Écran(s) – Facebook Film Festival, 2016
  • Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, 2017

Les Vestiges – 2012

  • 12e Festival Silhouette court métrage, France, 2013
  • 31e Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, Montréal, Québec, 2013
  • 5e Festival International de cinéma et d’art Percé, Gaspésie, 2013
  • 26e Festival International du cinéma francophone en Acadie, Moncton, 2012
  • 41e Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montréal, Québec, 2012
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