The closure of Seville Films’ theatrical distribution division on Wednesday raised some concerns in the Quebec cinema community.
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One of Quebec’s largest film distributors, Les Films Sevilla, confirmed Tuesday night that it would be ceasing its theatrical distribution activities. Several employees of this subsidiary of the giant Entertainment One learned on the same day that they would lose their jobs.
The day after this announcement, which caused a shock wave in the industry, several industry stakeholders were wondering in particular what will happen to the company’s vast film catalogue, which includes several major hits in Quebec cinema in recent years mummy, 1991, mafia inc and Liar.
“Of course it worries me,” producer André Rouleau told the Journal (Starbucks, crazy Town). I have several films with me and I don’t want the catalog to be mismanaged.
For his part, distributor Louis Dussault of the box K-Films America believes Seville Films’ demise was “predictable for 10 years”.
“We’ve been saying for 10 years that leaving national distribution in the hands of a foreign company (Entertainment One) was a big mistake,” he laments. Institutions (SODEC, Telefilm Canada) let it pass the films of Xavier Dolan, our national treasure, distributed mostly from Seville? And where will those of Denys Arcand, another national treasure, end up?”
In an interview with TVA Nouvelles on Wednesday, producer Denise Robert (The Barbarian Invasions, From father to cop) expressed concern that the disappearance of a major Quebec distribution player would affect future local productions.
“Seville was very important for the influence of our cinematography,” emphasized the renowned producer. I find that very disturbing because if we go back ten years, we had five or six large junction boxes, but most of those closed their doors. It remained Seville, which had the means and the kidneys [assez solides] to make major film releases. We have good companies that work very hard, but we don’t have the resources. I think what’s important for the impact of our cinema is the ability to launch films with significant funds.
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