Frontieres 2015: ON THE THRESHOLD Is First Film To Join Brussels Market
Érik Canuel's On The Threshold is the first film to be invited to participate in the The Frontières International Co-Production Market during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Canuel's film will be an English-language remake of the 2003 French Canadian film Sur Le Seuil. Canuel's resume includes bi-lingual buddy action film Bon Cop, Bad Cop and television series such as Flashpoint, Bullet in the Face and Transporter: The Series.
"I am very happy that ON THE THRESHOLD has been selected by Frontières, a market which plays a unique role in genre film co-production," says Nicole Robert, producer and president of GO FILMS. "Fantasia and the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival are in my opinion amongst the most innovative and important festivals on the circuit."
"We are thrilled to be taking a high caliber project like ON THE THRESHOLD to Brussels this year," says Lindsay Peters, market director. "At Frontières, we strive to strengthen the genre film connections between Quebec and Europe".
The original screenplay was written by Patrick Senécal, author of the novel by the same name. On The Threshhold has been adapted by screenwriter Celeste Parr (Gurov and Anna) though it is not clear if Parr used the original novel.
In the original film a successful writer chops off his fingers and attempts suicide on the same day a police officer shoots twenty-one children, killing eleven. The doctor assigned to his care in a psychiatric ward meets a journalist who is writing a book about this author. The journalist has with him a collection of newspaper clippings. They are clippings of thirty-seven tragedies elsewhere in Canada. The author that he has been writing about was present at all of them.
Market submissions are still being accepted until January 20th. The other participants will be announced in early February.