Fauve is about two young boys playing a dangerous game of one-upmanship in an abandoned quarry in Thetford Mines, Que., while Marguerite tells the story of an aging woman and her lesbian nurse who develop a friendship that inspires the title character to come to terms with her past.
“This is a dream come true,” Comte says. “Growing up, something like this seemed so distant and obscure. But our film has won all kinds of prizes, from student juries to professional juries around the world. The film has universal appeal. People say they don’t make films to win awards, but awards can increase a film’s visibility, and give you more credibility as a filmmaker.”
“It’s real surreal being nominated for an Oscar,” says Boisjoli. “And going back to Sundance when we won a Special Jury Prize for Fauve, Sundance not only launched this film, but also our film careers.”
Boisjoli adds, “I come from a very high-achieving family. When I got into [the Toronto International Film Festival] for the first time back in 2013, I remember my Dad said, ‘Why not Cannes?’ So it was pretty awesome to tell my family I was nominated for an Oscar!”