From sea to sea: Montreal.
Newcomer Jessica Pare, the young star of Denys Arcand's Stardom, is hard at work again on two major productions from Cite-Amerique. She has a lead role in Lost and Delirious, Lea Pool's follow-up to her critically acclaimed Emporte-moi and the director's first English-language film. Adapted for the screen by Judith Thompson from Susan Swan's novel, The Wives of Bath, it tells the story of three young women's sexual awakening set against the backdrop of a conservative all-girls private school. The film also stars Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly), Mischa Barton (The Sixth Sense), and Canadian veterans Graham Greene and Jackie Burroughs. Pare's second project with Cite-Amerique is the eight-hour miniseries Random Passage, based on the award-winning novels by Bernice Morgan, and starring the Irish-born actress Aoife McMahon as Mary Keane, the series' fierce heroine. Co-produced by Newfoundland's Passage Films and Ireland's Subotica Entertainment and Full Work Media, Random Passage combines the talents of award-winning screenwriter Des Walsh and director John N. Smith (The Boys of St. Vincent) to bring to life the story of a community of settlers trying to build a better life for themselves on Cape Random, a harsh and remote fishing outpost in early 1800s Newfoundland. It is scheduled to air in fall 2001 on CBC-TV.... The fall 2000 theatrical season will be rather busy for Montreal-based distributor Film Tonic. In addition to having secured Quebec rights to this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner, Lars Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark, the company's schedule boasts three much-awaited Quebecois independent films: Robert Favreau's Les Muses orphelines, an adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard's acclaimed play; Philippe Falardeau's La Moitie gauche dufrigo, the quirky story of a 20-something out-of-work actor who decides to make a documentary of his roommate's search for a job; and Mario Chabot's first feature, Mechant Party, a grating comedy set on Halloween night, starring David La Haye as a hapless junkie who kidnaps timid do-gooder Roc Lafortune.... Coming up in the next few months: Amerique Film's Sergei Eisenstein bio-fiction Eisenstein, a Quebec / Germany co-production, directed by Renny Bartlett; Catherine Martin's historical Comme pour un mariage, La Co-op Video de Montreal's first feature-film production since last year's multi-award-winning Post Mortem; and Denis Chouinard's L'Ange de goudron, produced by Max Films.