|Gabrielle producer Luc Dery of micro_scope, Gabrielle director Louise Archambault, MIFF director Jaie Laplante at Regal South Beach|
Gabrielle is a truly tender heart-tugger recently featured at MIFF 2014 in the Cinema 360° presented by Viendomovies program. Gabrielle (played by Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, a gifted singer with Williams syndrome in real life) yearns to strike out on her own and find love but is held back by her condition. Her situation comes to a head when she falls for a similarly challenged and dashingly handsome young man, Martin (Alexandre Landry), whom she meets through an arts and recreation center for individuals with special needs, Le Muses de Montréal, where they both sing in the choir.
|Alexandre Landry and Gabrielle Marion-Rivard in Gabrielle|
Williams syndrome is a genetic disorder that often slows cognitive skills while increasing sociability and musical talent. The syndrome affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide—an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people in the United States, and is known to occur equally in both males and females and in every culture.
Chosen by the selection committee at Téléfilm Canada to represent Canada for the 2014 foreign language Oscar race, Archambault creates a character whose zest for life, regardless of struggle, is inspiring and contagious and evidently part of the reason Gabrielle Marion-Rivard won Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards, where Gabrielle also walked away with the top award of the year, Best Motion Picture.