More Canadian dates for 'The Misfortunates' from Evokative Films

Andrew Mack, Contributing Writer
The latest acquisition from Montreal based Evokative Films, The Misfortunates, will start its cross country tour in a couple weeks starting here in Toronto then off to Ottawa and Vancouver.

Montreal, Wednesday March 24th, 2010 - After opening in Montreal on March 19th to unanimously positive reviews, Felix van Groeningen's THE MISFORTUNATES(Original title DE HELAASHEID DER DINGEN, French title LA MERDITUDE DES CHOSES) will now be screening in Toronto from April 9th at the Canada Square Theatre in Flemish with English subtitles. The film will then go on to play in Ottawa from April 30th at the Mayfair Theatre and in Vancouver from May 14th at the Cinemark Tinseltown Theatre. Other engagements throughout Canada will follow.

The rest of the press release is after the break...
THE MISFORTUNATES is an adaptation of the successful novel "De helaasheid der dingen" (literal translation "The Shittiness of Things") by Dimitri Verhulst, which was inspired by the author's childhood experiences.
Gunther Strobbe is a 13-year-old boy who lives in his grandmother's house in a small Belgian town with his alcoholic father and three uncles. Life in the household is clearly dysfunctional, yet it's hard to condemn the Strobbes. Their hearts are in the right place - it's just that they can't seem to help turning everything around them into an unmitigated disaster. The Strobbes enter drinking contests, ride bicycles naked, teach vulgar songs to little girls and end up in hospital, then head right back to the bar the next day. Gunther is an observer in this broken home that reeks of cigarette smoke, spilled beer and sweat-stained clothes. He participates in his drunken uncles' shenanigans only to fit in, hiding his true passion for writing. The Strobbes will make you laugh your eyes out and cry out loud.
 
THE MISFORTUNATES was chosen to represent Belgium in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2010 Oscars. It was also 2009's biggest box-office hit of Belgium. The film  had its World Premierein the Director's Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, where it got a special mention from the Art Cinema Jury. It then went on to play at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hamptons Film Festival, where it got the Awards for Best Film, Best Script and Best Cinematography and the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montréal, amongst many others around the world.
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