Director: Michel PouletteWriter(s): Sylvie Bouchard, Émile Gaudreault, Michel Michaud, Michel Poulette
Star(s): Martin Drainville, Agathe de la Fontaine, Dominique Michel
Years before the reality-TV boom, Quebec filmmaker Poulette made Louis 19, a film that anticipated such programming. In this engaging comedy, Louis Jobin (Drainville), a TV addict, wins a contest to become the subject of a “reality” television series. As the winner, Louis will be followed everywhere by a camera crew, non-stop for three months. A lonely and goofy guy, Louis is initially thrilled and expects his life to change for the better. But when a huge audience responds to the show and media frenzy starts building around him, Louis discovers that it’s not easy being a celebrity. This film was remade by Ron Howard as EDtv.
“Particularly astonishing…its commentary was both funny and telling.”
— Matthew Hays, Montage
Montreal writer/director Poulette’s film Louis 19, le roi des ondes earned the Canadian Screen Award for Best First Feature as well as the Golden Reel Award. His feature Maïna was nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards and three Jutras. He directed Agent of Influence starring Oscar winner Christopher Plummer, as well as several recent TV movies.
- French - 11, 12
Screening Language Options:
- French Language with English Subtitles