A ZOMBIE FLICK AND A FAKE COUNTRY MUSIC VIDEO: HOW TWO QUEBEC ARTISTS ARE GOING THEIR OWN WAY

Quebec’s francophone entertainment universe is small but prolific. It tends to punch above its weight in most per capita calculations.

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A scene from the 2017 Quebec film Les Affames (Ravenous). (LES FILMS SEVILLE)

MONTREAL—Quebec’s francophone entertainment universe is small but prolific. It tends to punch above its weight in most per capita calculations.

But its cultural industries still face the same pitfalls: successful business formulas are often imposed upon creative products in the expectation that the box-office successes will also be repeated.

However the recent laurels for film director Robin Aubert and, separately, for singer-songwriter Philippe Brach have proven there is still room for players with talent and the will to flip the script on Quebec’s cultural moulds.

Aubert actually had two films — Tuktuq and Les Affamés(Ravenous) — in contention at last week’s Quebec Cinema Gala. But it was the latter production — a bloody, brutal treatment of a village in rural Quebec overrun by face-eating zombies — that took the Best Film prize.

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