ROUTE 66 Australia

August 22, 2006 14:37 ET

ROUTE 66 Australia: A Quebec Film Made in the Australian Outback in Competition at the 30th FFM

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 22, 2006) - ROUTE 66 AUSTRALIA, Roger Otis's new film will be presented at the 30th edition of "Festival des Films du Monde" as a world premiere for the official world competition event. Competing will be 25 long fiction films and 15 short films from 25 countries. The Quebecois director's film will be shown at Place des Arts in the Maisonneuve theatre, Monday August 28th at 7PM preceding YEK BOUS-E KOUCHOULOU (A LITTLE KISS) by Iranian film director Bahman Farmanara. A second projection is also scheduled on Tuesday August 29th at Imperial Cinema at 2PM.

ROUTE 66 Australia is the second release from a series of experimental movies by Roger Otis. The first internationally renowned ROUTE 66 USA was produced in 2002 and was part of 2003 edition of the "Festival des Films du Monde". Furthermore, this movie was very well received, by critics, and was presented at the Huesca Festival in Spain (2004), in Teheran (2005) and in Brisbane, Australia (2006).

ROUTE 66 Australia, produced by Filmotis, was filmed in the Australian "Outback" during Spring of 2004. It was produced in a unique voyage motivated by discovery of legendary Australian Route 66. This short film is an exceptionnal visual experience that glorifies the majestic desert tranquillity broken by an undeniable ecological cry. The remarquable image quality is supported with original music by Alexandre Neron who sets the mood to this road trip adventure. To produce this movie, director Roger Otis was inspired with a poem by Banjo Paterson, an outsanding Australian poet (The Old Australian Ways), therefore, it's no suprise that the film's intro is one of his quotes. From Tennant Creek to Rockhampton, in the Outback, to the Pacific coast, ROUTE 66 Australia is a road movie counting 2 000 kilometers in roadtrain kingdom. It was previewed at the International Brisbane Film Festival, which is Queenland's Capital (filming site). It will also be presented at flEXiff (The First and Last Experimental International Film Festival) that will take place in Sidney, Australia, September 22nd, 23rd, and 24th 2006.

Concerning Roger Otis:

Roger Otis worked almost 30 years for "Office Nationale du Film" (1977-2005) where he touched several domains from film production to film ditribution. He also directed a several amount of animation films and documentaries like : Je suis moi (1974), Annecy 75 (1975), Les solitaires itinerants (1976), Jacques Cartier (1984), Cap sur l'avenir (1986), Children First (1996), ROUTE 66 US (2002) and Le Documentaire selon Denys Arcand (2004).

A third chapter of this ROUTE 66 series is rapidly taking shape. Shooting of the UK version is scheduled for Sping 2007.

Roger Otis wants to thank each and everyone of the poeple that participated in realizing ROUTE 66 Australia, the ONF, Technicolor, and perticularly, Mathieu Roy-Decarie (editing and visual effects).



Concerning the film:

ROUTE 66 AUSTRALIA
Film by Roger Otis
4 min. 43 sec., color, 2006
35 mm, 1 :66, Dolby 5.1
Editing Matthieu Roy-Decarie
Original Music / Alexandre Neron
Photo direction / Roger Otis


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