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EXPLORE THE PROGRAM

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10% off food and drinks for ticket holders (anytime from May 9th-12th) at Picaro Cocktails & Tacos and Cohen's Beer Republic

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FRIDAY, MAY 10th 2024

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5:00pm | Roxy Theatre, Saskatoon

APERO FRANCO presented by
Fédération des Francophones de Saskatoon

Open to all | Paid Entry (includes Spotlight on the West Screening)

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Join us in celebrating the second day of Festival CINERGIE's 19th Edition with an APERO FRANCO hosted by the Fédération des Francophones de Saskatoon, featuring a buffet, live music, and a networking social with festival guests and the Spotlight on the West filmmakers Karine Genest (Frontière verte) and Simon Garez (Gentle Hum of Spring).

Followed by:

6:00pm 

Spotlight on the West Screening presented by Unis TV

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What is the Spotlight on the West Screening? 

It is a unique yearly screening during CINERGIE's official programming that highlights francophone films and their filmmakers from Canada's Western and North Western regions. CINERGIE deeply values featuring our local francophone filmmakers who are creating art and promoting the French language within an official minority setting in Canada. Canada's Prairies, West Coast and North holds some amazing, knowledgeable, talented francophone filmmakers that deserve to be known and to shine in their own rights. We provide an event open to the public where their works can be screened and where they are invited to share insight on their films in person.

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Gentle Hum of Spring

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Winner, Best Canadian Short Film 2023

Cinéma sous les étoiles, Funambules Médias

Winner, Best Saskatchewan Short Film

RIFFA 2023

Short Film

Simon Garez | Canada | 2022 | 10 min | French | ENG sub

Short, Fiction

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Synopsis:

As the spring thaw approaches, a young beekeeper struggles to maintain his bee colonies after they are afflicted by a mysterious malady.

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SIMON GAREZ - Director-Actor

Simon Garez is an award-winning Fransaskois actor and director who works in both French and English. His first work, Torch Narrows (2021), won the SIFA Awards for Best Short Film and Best Technical Direction. His second work, The Gentle Hum of Spring (2022), won Best Saskatchewan Short Film at RIFFA and Best Canadian Short Film at Cinéma sous les étoiles (Montréal). His films examine rural life and the interactivity of humans with their natural environment. Alongside his artistic practice, he works with bees and honey production.

Yukon Diaries

Short Film

Florian Bosc | Canada | 2024 | 4 min 17 | French | ENG sub

Short, Fiction

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Synopsis:

A very cold winter morning, in the Yukon, Maxime is late for work... as he rushed to try to get work, a series of unfortunate events seem to follow.

Based on a true story.

Frontière verte

Feature Documentary

Kelsey Eliasson | Canada | 2024 | 48 min | French | ENG sub

Environnmental Documentary

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Synopsis:

The world is changing rapidly. Boundaries between ecosystems are disappearing and natural habitats are being altered. This documentary follows the wildlife that lives at the treeline in Canada's ecotones. Along this ever-changing natural border, these animals fight to survive.

After the premiere of her first documentary L'esprit des ours at Festival CINERGIE in 2019, we are pleased to welcome Karine Genest for the second time from the Yukon with her newest documentary Frontière verte.

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KARINE GENEST - Director-Productor-Animator

Karine Genest has more than 20 years of experience as an expedition guide and extensive television experience – leader of a rafting expedition in 4 Filles, une Rivière in the series En quête d'aventure in 2005; location scout; from 2010, Polar Bear Watching Guide in Seasons 1 and 2 of Polar Bear Town ; director, producer and animator of several documentaries in recent years; she has more than one string to her bow. Karine's genuine passion and experience both in front of and behind the camera make her an ideal producer, director and animator for nature documentaries.

Indigenous & Community Access

CINERGIE offers a limited number of complimentary tickets per screening to anyone who is Indigenous, a Newcomer to Canada and/or who faces financial barriers. Reserve your Free Admission tickets by contacting info@cinergiesk.ca.

 

​Each year, CINERGIE also provides complimentary tickets to a variety of organizations that work with such individuals, such as Saskatoon Open Door Society.

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7:45pm 

My Mother's Men

Feature Film, presented by the Tournée Québec Cinéma

Anik Jean | Canada | 2023 | 2h06 | French | ENG sub

Drama

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Synopsis:

When her mother dies, Elsie learns that her mother has left her a mission as an inheritance. The young woman must find her mother's five ex-husbands and find, with each of them, a suitable place to spread some of her ashes. At the dawn of her thirties, she must reconnect with her former stepfathers and her biological father in circumstances that are unexpected, to say the least. This journey strewn with pitfalls will help her tame some of her demons and launch herself, head first and more serene, into a new stage of her life.

Prize, Michel-Côté 2023 from Québec Cinéma

Audience review: "The magnificent and remarkable performance of Léane Labrèche-Dor and all the other actors and actresses is worth the trip. Music and songs are very well chosen to make the emotion palpable. A film that is good for the soul...! One of the best Quebec films of 2023!"

Critique review: "Anik Jean has risen to the colossal challenge of making her first feature film with flying colours. We can't wait to see what this promising director will deliver next time." - Elizabeth Lepage-Boily

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Bon Apoutine

Short Film

Ludovic L'Heureux Devinat, Bertrand Niquel | Canada | 2023 | 17 min 52 | French, English, Arabic | FR sub

Short, Documentary

Synopsis:

Ludovic is from Quebec. He travels the world with his "skouik-skouik" cheese and has one goal in mind: introduce people to a typical meal from his neighbourhood called "poutine". A pretext to meet “ordinary people” - off the beaten track - to open the door to their homes... And eat this extraordinary poutine! It will also be an opportunity to discover destinations from another angle, beyond the clichés. Bon Apoutine aims to promote another vision of travel, humanist, made up of encounters rather than a collection of places. And, why not, break certain preconceived ideas!

Indigenous & Community Access

CINERGIE offers a limited number of complimentary tickets per screening to anyone who is Indigenous, a Newcomer to Canada and/or who faces financial barriers. Reserve your Free Admission tickets by contacting info@cinergiesk.ca.

 

​Each year, CINERGIE also provides complimentary tickets to a variety of organizations that work with such individuals, such as Saskatoon Open Door Society.

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