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The Quebec film Noémie dit oui is shown on 250 screens in France

A year after its release in Quebec, the movie Noémie says yes, by director Genevieve Albert, to win over French audiences by hitting theaters this Wednesday on 250 screens across France. An exceptionally sized edition of the first feature film by a young Quebec filmmaker still unknown in France.

Genevieve Albert wouldn’t have believed it if someone had told her a few months ago Noémie says yes It will be launched on 250 screens in France. Apart from some movies of Denis Arcand or Xavier Dolan and famous comedies like Starbucks And The great seductionFew Quebec feature films have had such large releases in France. to compare, Starbucks It was shown in the same number of theaters in 2012.

Genevieve Albert joined France Tuesday morning, where she is promoting her film, and admits she was surprised by the ambitious marketing plan of her French distributor, Wayna Beach.

For an unknown female director and a movie starring an unknown cast, still long stroke! It says at the end of the line. But Jonathan Musset [le patron de Wayna Pitch] He believes in the movie so much that he defended it tooth and nail. Our distributor has done everything to make sure that the film has the highest visibility possible. We even had the right, two weeks ago, to a big preview at UGC Les Halles in Paris, the busiest cinema in the world. I really consider myself lucky to have been able to experience this.”

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Over the past few weeks, Genevieve has introduced Albert Noémie says yes In preview in twenty cities in France. Going to meet the French public, the Quebec filmmaker felt a great interest in her film, but also in the subject she deals with there, that of juvenile prostitution. Noémie says yes It stars young actress Kelly DeBolt as a 15-year-old teen trapped in the vicious cycle of prostitution.

Apparently, in France, it’s a subject considered a little more taboo than it is with us, as I’ve noticed. One of the comments people often make to me after screenings is: “Your movie is a slap in the face!” I’ve also been told a lot about Kelly Depeault’s exceptional game. .

The first reviews of Noémie says yes Published so far in the French press have been rather welcome. Newspaper Telerama He asserts that the feature film’s strength “rests on a theatrical performance worthy of the best American independent films, but above all owes much to front girl Kelly DeBolt, a vibrant and sensitive talent to follow.”

Sunday newspaper He described Genevieve Albert’s work as a “strong and necessary first film” which “doesn’t spare the viewer in its hyper-realistic style but is never satisfying or aphrodisiac”.

Released in Quebec in April 2022, Noémie says yes It has already been performed at twenty festivals around the world and has won dozens of awards.