Entertainment One Films US announced today that they have acquired the US distribution rights to Gabrielle, which was selected to represent Canada as a possible nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Academy Awards. It is slated for a domestic theatrical release this winter.
Gabrielle is the second feature film by director Louise Archambault and stars Gabrielle Marion-Rivard in the title role, a young woman with Williams syndrome who has a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift. Since she met her boyfriend Martin at the recreation center where they are choir members, they have been inseparable. However, because they are “different,” their loved ones are fearful of their relationship. As the choir prepares for an important music festival, Gabrielle does everything she can to gain her independence. As determined as she is, she must still confront other people’s prejudices as well as her own limitations in the hope of experiencing a love far from the “ordinary.”
We are delighted that American audiences will be able to experience the inspirational story of ‘Gabrielle,’ said Dylan Wiley, eOne Films US SVP and General Manager. Louise Archambault has created a powerful, compelling film with themes universal to audiences in the US and around the world.
Produced by micro_scope (Incendies, Monsieur Lazhar), Gabrielle was financed by Telefilm Canada, SODEC, Radio-Canada, Cogeco, Super Ecran and ARTV as well as provincial and federal tax credits.