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Patrice Laliberte and Guillaume Lorraine met in a video club in Mirabel, where they worked when they were young. The two cinema owners immediately fraternized and started dreaming out loud about the projects they would like to set up.

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Ten years ago, while Guillaume Laurin was still a theater student at Cégep Lionel-Groulx, the two artists from Blainville, with Julie Groleau Couronne Nord, founded a multidisciplinary production company that has since overseen not only their short and feature films , but also those of their collaborators.

Their first production was… an ambitious piece, we will destroy, by Philip Bottin, played on a soccer field with 34 actors as part of the OFFTA, under the auspices of Dave St-Pierre. and their first feature film, downhill, number one producer in Quebec for the Netflix platform, has been seen since the start of the pandemic, in the spring of 2020, by 31 million viewers around the world. A feat for a Quebec film directed by an unknown (Laliberté), taking place in a winter survival retreat.

The latest feature film by Couronne Nord, Very nice dayThe intimate film about loneliness and alienation, due out May 6, is unique in that it was entirely shot using director Patrice Laliberté’s cell phone. It stars Guillaume Laurin as a bicycle courier who delivers suspicious packages to inappropriate places, on behalf of a rather sleazy boss (Marc Beaupré).

Jeremy (Lauren) is also a conspiracy theorist convinced of living in an alternate reality, matrix, since the end of the world was announced in 2012 by the Mayas. Between installments, he records a podcast about his weird theories. Until the day when his routine is turned upside down by the famous influencer (Sarah Jane Labrousse) who becomes his next door neighbor, which fuels a new virtual obsession at home.

Script Very nice day, which bears the signatures of Laliberté, Laurin, Nicolas Krief and Geneviève Beaupré, was somewhat improvised from the canvas and was notably inspired by the experiences of Guillaume Laurin. Younger and penniless, he worked as a “servant” for a shadowy organization – “I was going to get my paycheck in the back of my basement,” he laughs – and two Instagrammers were neighbors.

They faced rejection from the institutions for two years, with downhillwhen, in 2018, Laliberte and Lauren had the idea of ​​making a film inspired by Gaspar Noé’s way of doing things and his draft scripts (by Irreversibleparticularly).

Photo by Hugo Sebastian Hubert, the press

Guillaume Lauren and Patrice Laliberté

“We took the writing out of the cinema and we went straight to action,” explains Patrice Laliberte, who we met on the balcony of a café in La Petite Petrie. “Practice writing on the set, which is rare in the theater, and even more so in the cinema,” adds Guillaume Loren.

The idea of ​​mobile photography (Google Pixel 2) quickly took hold.

We were in a hurry. We said to ourselves that it would be ridiculous to want to transform it otherwise. Then, we had to write the screenplay with this urgency and this technical limitation in mind. powered script.

Patrice Laliberte

Also, the basis of the scenario was naturally based on this technique, constantly in the hands of the hero. “It was interesting that the instrument speaks formally with the script”, explains Guillaume Loren. The mysterious character he embodies – who is practically of all levels – has reactions hunt down Sociopath on social networks.

Photo by Christoph Dalb, provided by the production

lauren clouds in Very nice day

In some ways, it reminds us of Jeremiah of the character played by Joaquin Phoenix. You weren’t really therea new film by Lynne Ramsay, or even the famous film by Travis Bickle Taxi driver by Martin Scorsese. “It’s an accomplishment of Taxi driverexplains Patrice Laliberté. Returning to the basic material of this film, I studied it from one end to the other and from all sides. »

The script could have been changed depending on the vicissitudes of a complex filming, which due to the good news ceased to be financed downhill. “We finished filming the first block and the Netflix show came on. We paused everything and met again to finish the movie after that. downhill “Then there was a pandemic,” Lauren says. “Then there was a pandemic,” recalls Laliberte, which explains why the film wasn’t finished until 2021.

Shooting with a smartphone not only means that scenes can be reshot every two years without incurring many costs, but also that filming locations can be accessed without warning with a reduced crew.

Lauren and Liberty, for example, were photographed in the Montreal metro without asking permission. “If we ask for permission, we’ll never get it, so it’s better to take the permission straight away!” The screenplay is built with such force, ”explains the director. There are striking sequences in Very nice day Where Clouds Loren weaves his bike between cars and buses. Patrice Laliberte followed him on his trail, also on his bike, one hand on the handlebars and the other holding his mobile phone…

“This is the section Donkey from the movie! ‘ says Laurin, who comes from the world of skateboarding (like his character from the web series fork). “Fortunately we didn’t have the money at the start! Laliberté admits. Because we couldn’t do all that. Once the money has been obtained, you have to go to the insurance companies, which is certainly not the case!

without being photographed in a hurry, Very nice day has a punk or DIY side (do it yourself) is fully assumed. Lauren, as Laliberté likes to remember, was part actress, screenwriter, producer, fashion designer, instrument maker, makeup artist, and hairstylist for this photoshoot.

Guillaume Lauren, who will be in the casting diverWritten by Frances Leclerc, based on the best-selling novel by Stéphane LaRue, Prepare for next year, at Ducep, the theatrical adaptation of the comic story by Samuel Kantin White horse. He is also working with Patrice Laliberte on a screenplay based on Paul Serge Forest’s best-selling novel. everything is ori. A more ambitious film on the official plan that they hope to produce with the help of institutions (SODEC and Telefilm Canada).

The duo will not prevent themselves from making other films with a mobile phone (as Steven Soderbergh did for example with mad).

Especially if you have to wait years in the bureaucratic maze of public funding before getting the green light for your projects.

“These are more intimate films, specifies Patrice Laliberte. I wouldn’t make a big movie with a cell phone. This is another relationship to the position of filmmaker. We are much more at work, investors. It’s mobility that you don’t have with a team of 70 people. »

The director, who learned his trade in the keno movement and with short films shown at festivals, especially did not want his film not to be released in theaters (it will be screened in 13 houses, from next Friday). Although he, like Guillaume Laurin, received his cinematographic education thanks to Club Vidéo and Video on Demand, the importance of cinema has never been greater for him.

“I wouldn’t have said the same thing before, but my speech has changed in a few years,” he says. Seeing people, hearing them laugh, it’s not the same relationship at all. After the pandemic, I find that the place is essential. »

Very nice day Performances in theaters from Friday 6 May.

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