Axia Films and Unité centrale recently announced the theatrical release of Dérive by Montréal-based director David Uloth and screenwriter Chloé Cinq-Mars, in several theatres in Québec. Dérive was shot in Saint-Lambert, Longueuil, Montréal, Oka and the Magdalen Islands.

Navigating the treacherous social tides of high school after the unexpected death of her father, Marine is cut adrift by Océane, her older sister who’s caught in the thrall of an older man. Meanwhile, their mother struggles to keep her head above water and doesn’t see the danger that her children are in.

Dérive is a deeply empathetic portrait of these women’s odyssey from frailty to resilience. It is fitting that the film is being released on International Women’s Day since it is a film about becoming a woman and about how painful that can sometimes be.

Dérive stars Mélissa Desormeaux-Poulin (Incendies, Gabrielle, Ruptures), Réal Bossé (19-2, Dans une galaxie près de chez vous), Emmanuel Schwartz (Laurentie, Blue Moon), Émilie Bierre (Jenny, Les beaux malaises) and introduces new talents Maèva Tremblay and Éléonore Loiselle in the main roles of Marine and Océane, respectively.

Uloth and Cinq-Mars have created numerous shorts together (La Voce, La Lili à Gilles) which have won over 70 prizes and played at hundreds of international film festivals (eg. Berlinale, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand). Dérive is their debut fiction feature. It is being released in Montréal, Laval, Boucherville, Québec City, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières.

—Axia Films

—AB

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