The extension of the closure of theaters, museums and cinemas until next January will again lead to the postponement of the theatrical release of several films, including Maria chapdelaine.
At a press conference Thursday to announce the public health instructions for the holiday season, Prime Minister François Legault confirmed that places of cultural dissemination, as well as restaurants and gymnasiums, will remain closed at least until January 11 next.
This announcement causes a new headache for the film industry, which must once again postpone expected film releases.
This is the case of the French feature film The things we say, the things we do, starring Quebec actor Niels Schneider, whose postponement was emotionally announced by the president of the distribution house K-Films America, Louis Dussault.
In a press release, he deplores having had to postpone the release of this film four times. He fears the same scenario will repeat itself once again after the holidays. “On January 11, given the massive family covidage authorized by the PM, the closures of Culture will still be maintained”, he anticipates.
Mr. Dussault is also concerned about the psychological consequences of the prolonged closure of cultural venues for the public. “[Six] months that it will do without access to Culture: very good for mental health, sedentarization, ignorance, ”he wrote.
Other postponed outings
The highly anticipated Quebec film Maria chapdelaine by Sébastien Pilote (The disappearance of the fireflies, The seller) is also postponed to next winter, ie “as soon as the cinemas reopen in the various markets of Quebec”, announced Friday the distributor MK2 | MILE-END.
This new adaptation of the Louis Hémon classic stars Sara Montpetit in the lead role, along with Sébastien Ricard, Hélène Florent, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Martin Dubreuil and Gilbert Sicotte.
Other releases are postponed to January, including that of the action film Jiu Jitsu starring Nicolas Cage and Quebec stuntman Alain Moussi. This is also the case for feature films Clear history, Death of a Ladie’s Man and Falling by Viggo Mortensen.
Some works that were to be shown in the coming days will be offered directly on video on demand, including Zappa, Another Round and The Climb.
At the time of writing, nothing had yet been announced for the highly anticipated Underground by Sophie Dupuis and My Salinger Year by Philippe Falardeau, which were initially due to appear in the fall.