Eight weeks into itsrelease, Robert Favreau's Rwandan genocide drama A Sunday In Kigali (Un Dimanche A Kigali) is the first Quebecois film of 2006 to pass theC$1m ($900,000) benchmark at the local box office.
Shot on location in Rwanda,the film stars veteran Quebec star Luc Picard and Senegalese actress FatouN'Diaye. It was produced by Lyse Lafontaine and Michael Mosca, and wasdistributed in Canada by Equinoxe Films. Based on "A Sunday at the Pool inKigali", the critically-acclaimed novel by Quebec journalist Gil Courtemanche,it is the first feature to be produced under the Equinoxe Productions banner,which fully financed the production.
In a statement, Mosca,senior vice-president and COO of Equinoxe Films, credited word of mouth fordriving viewers to a difficult film through a market crowded with blockbusters.The film will open in English Canada in the autumn. Equinoxe expects to startselling the film internationally at Toronto.