Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to Félix and Meira. The film world premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and will next screen as part of the Official Selection at the San Sebastian Film Festival in October. O-Scope plans to release the film theatrically in 2015.
Félix and Meira is a calling card for its young director, Maxime Giroux; a story of an unconventional romance between two people living vastly different realities mere blocks away from one another. Each lost in their everyday lives, Meira (Hadas Yaron), a Hasidic Jewish wife and mother and Félix (Martin Dubreuil), a Secular loner mourning the recent death of his estranged father, unexpectedly meet in a local bakery in Montreal’s Mile End district. What starts as an innocent friendship becomes more serious as the two wayward strangers find comfort in one another. As Felix opens Meira’s eyes to the world outside of her tight-knit Orthodox community, her desire for change becomes harder for her to ignore, ultimately forcing her to choose: remain in the life that she knows or give it all up to be with Félix. Giroux’s film is a poignant and touching tale of self-discovery set against the backdrops of Montreal, Brooklyn, and Venice, Italy.
About the acquisition, Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “Felix and Meira is a nuanced, delicate, and sensitive film, expertly crafted by Maxime and soulfully acted by Hadas and Martin. We couldn’t be more excited to unveil it to US audiences who we know will be moved and delighted as they join these two people on an unforgettable journey.”
Filmmaker Maxime Giroux said, “It’s an honor for me to work with a stand out distribution company like Oscilloscope. Wendy and Lucy, which they released in 2008, has been an important film in my own cinematographic culture. I’m grateful for their support and looking forward to bringing this film to the attention of US audiences.”
Felix and Meira, Giroux’s third feature film, was produced in collaboration by Sylvain Corbeil and Nancy Grant from Metafilms inc. Eric Schnedecker of UDI (Urban Distribution International) negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.