Cast Bios

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Mylène Mackay

Mylène Mackay is a Canadian actress originally from Saint-Didace in the Lanaudière region of Quebec. She studied at the National Theatre School of Canada and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Canadian Screen Awards for her performance in ENDORPHINE. In 2016, Mackay was named one of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Rising Stars. In 2017, she won the Prix Iris for Best Actress for NELLY.

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Milya Corbeil-Gauvreau

Milya Corbeil-Gauvreau began her career at age 6, as a child model in Montreal. She is best known as an actress for CROSS MY HEART (2017), THE DEMONS (2015), and the role of young Nelly Arcan in NELLY. She won the Best Actress Award at the Molise Cinema Film Festival for her role in LA COUPE. Most recently, Milya is the protagonist of Luc Picard's feature film Les Rois Mongols, released in the fall of 2017.

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Mickaël Gouin

Mickaël Gouin studied at the National Theater School of Canada, and has worked across television, cinema, theater and web. Gouin has appeared in several popular series including TRAUMA, THE GALLERY, 19-2, THE BLACK DOG’S HOSTEL, THE SORES, MDR, WE HAVE THE IMAGES, THE YOUNG WOLVES, and 30 LIVES, but is best known for his performances in SNL Quebec. Gouin won the Gemini Award for Best Web Series in 2014 for PITCH. Gouin was cast in NELLY Director Anne Émond’s THE DEAR ONES in addition to NELLY.

Sylvie Drapeau

Sylvie Drapeau is a Canadian actress and novelist from Quebec. After beginning studies in French at the University of Montreal, she decided to audition for the National Theater School of Canada. She went on to perform the leading role in multiple productions including Claudia in ELVIRE JOUVET 40, ROSANE in THE TIME OF A LIFE, and the title character in MARIE STUART.

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Catherine Brunet

Catherine Brunet is a Canadian actress from Quebec. Her breakout role came in the television series LE MONDE DE CHARLOTTE (1999 – 2006) where she played the title character. Brunet had lead roles in RAMDAM (2004-2008), LEGITIME DEPENSE (2009-2011), MARCHE A L’OMBRE (2015-2016) and portrays Catherine in LE CHALET. Brunet has provided the French dubbing for major films and actresses including Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie, Emilia Clarke, Miley Cyrus, and Emma Stone. In her spare time, Brunet supports LGBT organizations, is a body positivity activist, and was the UNICEF Quebec spokesperson & ambassador.


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Director: Anne Émond

Anne Émond lives and works in Montreal. Between 2005 and 2011, she wrote and directed seven short films, NAISSANCES and SOPHIE LAVOIE among them, which screened at several international festivals and won many prizes. In 2011, she directed her first feature film, NUIT #1, which screened at more than twenty-five international film festivals, including Busan, Rotterdam, and Taipei, and the TIFF. The film won several prizes and citations, including Best First Feature at the 2012 Genie Awards, the Jury’s Special Selection Canada First award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and has been sold to ten countries, most notably France and the United States. LES ÊTRES CHERS, her second feature in 2015, was also well-received and acclaimed (Locarno, TIFF, Le Gala du Cinéma Québécois, Canadian Screen Awards). Her latest film, NELLY, liberally adapted from the life and work of Quebec writer Nelly Arcan, for which she also wrote the screenplay, started strongly with TIFF & FIFF January 20, 2017. Both LES ÊTRES CHERS and NELLY were named as one of Canada’s Top Ten at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Producer: Nicole Robert

Nicole Robert is the founder and president of GO FILMS, a Montreal based boutique that specializes in independent movies. Among their catalogue of 19 feature films, 7 reached over $1 million on the Québec scene alone. Robert has produced 29 features and the TV series LA VIE, LA VIE. Robert has won the Jutra Awards for Best Film with QUÉBEC-MONTRÉAL, the Gemini Awards for Best Drama Series with LA VIE, LA VIE, the Olivier Awards for Best Comedy with HORLOGE BIOLOGIQUE, the Award for Best Canadian Film in Toronto for REQUIEM POUR UN BEAU SANS COEUR and the GOLDEN REEL AWARD with her first feature film LA GUERRE DES TUQUES. Eight of her films have hit $1 million at the Québec box office.

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