TORONTO — Québécois director Xavier Dolan’s TV drama“The Night Logan Woke Up”is among the Canadian shorts and indie episodic projects heading to the Sundance Film Festival.
The French-language psychological thriller is about a family haunted by a dark secret decades after a traumatic event occurs in a small Quebec town.
The Canal+ project is adapted from a 2019 stage production from French-Canadian playwright Michel Marc Bouchard. Dolan stars in the series, alongside some of the actors from the play including Julie Le Breton, Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, and Éric Bruneau.
Sundance, which takes place in Park City, Utah, next month, also announced its lineup of shorts on Tuesday, after unveiling its film program last week. Canadian projects in the shorts program include “The Flying Sailor" from animation duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis.
The National Film Board of Canada production is inspired by the events of the 1917 Halifax explosion, showing a sailor blasted through the air after two ships collide in a harbour.
Also screening at the festival is "Baba," from co-directors Anya Chirkova and Meran Ismailsoy; “Pro Pool,” written and directed by Alec Pronovost; and “Thriving: A Dissociated Reverie,” directed by Toronto filmmaker Nicole Bazuin.
The festival runs from Jan. 19 through Jan. 29. Brandon Cronenberg's "Infinity Pool'' and the documentary "Twice Colonized" are among the Canadian films in the lineup.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 13, 2022.
Noel Ransome, The Canadian Press