Jean-Marc Vallee's C.R.A.Z.Y. has been selected as Canada's submission for the foreignlanguage film Oscar category.
A smash hit in the provinceof Quebec, where it has earned C$5.4m to date, the French-language title wonthe best Canadian feature prize at the recently wrapped Toronto InternationalFilm Festival.
Marc-Andre Grodin stars asZac, the sexually confused and confusing fourth of five boys in a Montrealfamily. The TIFF jury described the film as "an ambitious and magical cinematichomage to the pop-culture-saturated middle class of the seventies."
Produced by Pierre Even witha screenplay by Vallee and Francois Boulay, C.R.A.Z.Y. is a Cirrus Communications and Crazy Filmsproduction. Executive producers are Jacques Blain and Richard Speer. The filmis distributed in Canada through TVA Films, in the US and France by MCInternational. Films Distribution is handling world sales.
Canadian titles have madethe foreign language Oscar nomination short list three times, each time withfilms by Denys Arcand, who eventually won the prize for The BarbarianInvasions in 2004.
Administered by TelefilmCanada, the Canadian selection committee consists of 25 persons representingmajor industry groups and government agencies. C.R.A.Z.Y. was selected by majority vote from among 12 filmssubmitted by producers.