by Julie Roy
Mariloup Wolfe topped off last year by winning the grand prize in a two-minute
film competition. For Wolfe, 24, who is in the last stages of Film Studies,
it meant an entrée into the world of film production.
Fly Fly tells the story of a young man in his mid-twenties
whos hoping to find love through flies. Its hard to
say much more without spoiling the punchline, but rest assured that the
actors are . . . flies.
That was complicated!, laughed Wolfe. We couldnt
buy them anywhere, so we grew them in a vivarium. The day of the shoot,
they all escaped and we had to trap new ones with cat food and a net!
The only rule was that the movie should not exceed 120 seconds. In a burst
of creativity, she wrapped the whole production of Fly Fly in only
10 days. For a few months, people could go on Cinélandes
web site and vote for their favourite 120-second film.
I got around 1,300 votes for Fly Fly, which made me really
proud, she said. Her awards tops in the fiction category
and the grand prize were announced in January. They earned her
$5,000 in cash and an internship at Cinélande, the production house
that sponsored the competition.
We opened at the Rouyn-Noranda Film Festival, which has international
standing, alongside Gérard Depardieus movie Vidocq,
said a proud Wolfe. Many festivals followed, and she has even received
warm congratulations from the Quebec culture minister.
Wolfe is no stranger to the camera. She has acted in some major Quebec
productions, such as 2 Frères, TAG and the new teenage sitcom
on Télé-Québec, Ramdam, where, at 24, she
plays Mariane LEspérance, a hip teenager 10 years her junior.
I am still easily cast in teenager roles because I look a lot younger
than my age, she explained.
When asked if she could choose between being in front or behind the camera,
Wolfe admitted she would like to keep living in both worlds. Those
two careers can be so ephemeral, I want to take all I can and see what
I learn from it. Thats also why she deeply admires one of
her Concordia teachers, Micheline Lanctôt, who acts, directs and
teaches. (Lanctôt can be seen Monday nights in the new Radio-Canada
political satire Bunker: Le Cirque.)
Cinélande has offered Wolfe the opportunity to work on her demo
tape for a few months, and she will sit in on several projects throughout
the production process, from brainstorming to post-production. This
is an incredible chance for me to learn more about film production, which
I am so passionate about!
Among the other projects, she is working on a movie directed by Marcel
Simard (who did the movie Love-moi), with street kids doing some
of the writing. She stars in Radio-Canadas Freddy, Télé-Québecs
Jean Duceppe and appears in one episode of Radio-Canadas Le
Plateau. She has her own production company, Les Productions du Grand
Méchant Loup, and is working on her first music video as a director,
with singer Luc Cousineau.