—Twins Jeanne and Simon Marwan weren’t expecting much from their mother Nawal’s will. They are understandably stunned when Jean Lebel, notary and long-time friend of Nawal’s, reads her last wishes: for the twins to hand-deliver two letters, one to a father they thought dead, the other to a brother they never knew existed. Helped by Lebel, the twins slowly piece together Nawal’s story: that of a life mortgaged by the self-fueling cycle of war and hate, finally discovering their mother’s exceptional courage and resolve.
An artist and a businesswoman, Phoebe Greenberg has devoted her life to art and culture. In 2007, she launched DHC/ART, her foundation for contemporary art whose mission is to showcase the work of the best contemporary artists in the world, including Marc Quinn, Sophie Calle, Nancy Davenport, Christian Marclay, Ryoji Ikeda and Thomas Demand, to name but a few. In 2008, with the construction of the Phi Centre underway, Phoebe made her first foray into filmmaking. She conceived and produced the short film Next Floor by Denis Villeneuve, (Best Short Film at the Cannes International Critics’ Week). In 2011, she was Associate Producer of Incendies, which took Villenuve to the Oscars that year. She also produced Hope by Pedro Pires, Kivalina, by Ben Addelman, Cochemare by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, and Visitors by Godfrey Reggio, slated for release in 2013. Finally, in June 2012, after more than four years of construction, Phoebe Greenberg opened the doors to a unique arts centre in Montreal: the Phi Centre. A highly intelligent centre that proves the scope of Phoebe Greenberg’s vision. A centre whose mission is to create a gathering place for art.
Penny Mancuso is equally at ease in the world of art as she is in the world of business. That’s what makes her such an indispensable collaborator with Phoebe Greenberg. Penny is President of the Phi Group and all its entities, including the Phi Centre and Phi Films, which led her to produce films such as Next Floor and Incendies by Denis Villeneuve, as well as Cochemare by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, and Visitors by Godfrey Reggio, both slated for release in 2013. Penny is also a big music fan. She has worked with partners from around the world to help develop and market new talent like Yoav, Black Lips and Band of Skulls. With the opening of the famous Phi Centre in June 2012, Penny Mancuso is now taking on a challenge on par with her talent: to create a gathering place for art.
Cast: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette and Rémy Girard
Awards and festivals
Awards and festivals
Finalist, Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film, 2011
Winner, Best film, Venice Days section, Venice Festival
Presented, Telluride festival
Best Canadian Film, Toronto International Film Festival
Best Canadian Film, Vancouver Festival
Best Canadian Film, Calgary Festival
Best Canadian Film, Halifax Festival
Presented at Sundance
People's Choice, Rotterdam Festival
Grand Prize, Warsaw Festival