Julien Knafo’s Brain Freeze, which opened the Fantasia International Film Festival, will be released in theatres on Halloween weekend, October 29.
Produced by Barbara Shrier for Palomar, Brain Freeze was written by Julien Knafo and Jean Barbe. The film stars Roy Dupuis, Iani Bédard, Marianne Fortier, Simon Olivier Fecteau, Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Stéphane Crête, Claudia Ferri, Louis-Georges Girard, Mahée Paiement, Marie-Lyne Joncas and Mylène Mackay.
As winter approaches, an exclusive Golf Club hires a Multinational biotech whose “revolutionary” fertilizer melts the snow and genetically modifies the grass so its affluent members can play golf all year round. The result is the contamination of the water which ultimately transforms most of the residents into Zombies. One of the few survivors, teenage boy André, watches as the infection rapidly spreads, leaving him alone with his baby sister Annie. Along with Dan, the community security guard and self-proclaimed survivalist, they embark on an adventure that takes them to the source of the contamination. In a race against the clock, they band together to find the cure before everyone they love turns into grass.
“This is not a gratuitous genre film, but rather a committed film that is in tune with the times and carries a message of hope and openness to others.” Julien Knafo.
Julien Knafo is a multidisciplinary artist who began his career as a musician on Jean Chabot’s medium-length film Sans raison apparente, starring novelist, playwright and essayist Nancy Houston. A graduate of Concordia University’s School of Cinema, Julien Knafo composes original music for the short films of his fellow directors, while continuing to develop his own signature style of filmmaking. Julien Knafo also wrote the music for director Kim Nguyen’s first two feature films Le marais (2003) and Truffe (2006). In 2010, he launched the feature film Lucidité passagère which he co-directed with three other directors and for which he signed the original score. The soundtrack of this feature film, which stars Mario Saint-Amand, Maxim Roy and Hélène Florent, was nominated for best music at the 2011 Jutra Awards.
Produced by Barbara Shrier for Palomar, Brain Freeze is written and directed by Julien Knafo and produced with the financial participation of SODEC, Telefilm Canada, the Quebecor Fund, federal and provincial tax credit programs and the collaboration of Filmoption as well as Société Radio-Canada and Super Écran.