Ivan Grbovic’s film The Drunken Birds will open the Festival Internacional de Cine de Los Cabos, which runs from November 10 to 18 in Mexico. The film stars Jorge Antonio Guerrero (Roma), Hélène Florent, Claude Legault, and Marine Johnson in the lead roles.
“We are very proud of this selection in Mexico,” said Luc Déry and Kim McCraw, the film’s producers, who also added, “This is just the beginning of the film’s international career. In addition to the festivals of Hamburg and Philadelphia, where the film was already presented in October, the film has been invited to a dozen other festivals, which will be announced in the coming weeks.”
The film was released in Quebec on October 15th and has already surpassed $200,000 in box office receipts in less than 3 weeks. It is playing in 19 theatres this week and will be released in English Canada later in November.
The film is representing Canada in the Best International Film nomination process for the 94th Academy Awards, the short list for which will be announced on December 21st. It had its world premiere at the prestigious Platform section of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Willy’s quest to find his long-lost love Marlena has brought him from Mexico to Canada, as a seasonal worker at the Becotte farm. Multiple destinies intersect, moments of magic realism arise, worlds collide, and tensions swell amidst the long days of labor.
Drunken Birds is produced by Kim McCraw and Luc Déry of micro_scope with the financial participation of SODEC, Telefilm, the federal and provincial tax credit programs, the Harold Greenberg Fund and the collaboration of Radio-Canada and Super Écran. Les Films Opale is distributing the film in Canada and Wazabi Films is handling the international sales.