Hadas Yaron (of the internationally acclaimed film Fill the Void) returns to the big screen in Maxime Giroux’s Felix and Meira, a story of an unconventional romance between two people living vastly different lives mere blocks away from one another. Meira (Yaron), a young Hasidic housewife and mother, and Félix (Martin Dubreuil), a man lost in mourning the recent death of his father, unexpectedly meet at a local bakery in Montreal’s Mile End district. What starts as an innocent friendship becomes more serious as the two wayward strangers find comfort in one another. As Felix opens Meira’s eyes to the world outside of her tight-knit Orthodox community, her desire for change becomes harder for her to ignore, ultimately forcing her to choose: remain in the life that she has always known or give it all up to be with Félix. Giroux’s film is a poignant tale of self-discovery, a fascinating glimpse into the Hasidic community, and a modern love story set against backdrops both familiar and unknown.
HADAS YARON - "Meira"
Hadas Yaron was born in Israel on April 12th 1990. Raised in Tel Aviv, she began acting as a child and made her film debut as a supporting actress in the film Out of Sight (2006), directed by Daniel Sirkin. She studied drama in Irony Alef High School in the Performing Arts in Tel Aviv and in 2008, she played a lead role in the short film On Air by Alon Mitelpunkt. After graduating from high school, she had to serve 2 years in the Israel Defense Force as a soldier-teacher. After completing her service in the army, Hadas took part as the main actress in the internationally acclaimed film Fill the Void (2012) 4 which premiered at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. She ended up winning the Copa Volpi for the best actress at the end of the festival. She then took part a one of the main character in Maxime Giroux’ 3rd feature film called Felix and Meira (2014), which won won a string of awards internaitonaly and was sold over the world to many different territories.
MARTIN DUBREUIL - "Felix"
An actor with a peculiar career path, Martin Dubreuil was first noticed in the many shorts in which he participated, including amongst others Le rouge au sol (Maxime Giroux) for which he won best actor at the Milano film Festival and at Prends ça court. His next shootings were under the eyes of Pierre Falardeau (15 février 1839), Yves-Christian Fournier (Tout est parfait), Alain Chartrand (La maison du pêcheur), Podz (Les 7 jours du talion, 10 et demi) and Sophie Deraspe (Les Loups). Recently, he defended the roles of Private Tremblay in Bunker, (Patrick Boivin and Olivier Roberge) and that of Tom in Avant les rues (Chloé Leriche). His Characters, always screaming of realism, also stand out on small screen (Toute la vérité, 19-2, Le Gentlemen II, Trauma II, Musée Éden). Félix et Meïra is his 7th collaboration with the director Maxime Giroux.
LUZER TWERSKY - "Shulem"
Luzer Twersky was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up in a Yiddish-speaking Hasidic community, he received no formal secular education or access to film, television, music or magazines. In his early 20’s, Twersky taught himself English and decided to leave his community to pursue an acting career. Twersky gained experience by playing minor roles in student films until he was cast as a troubled and rebellious Hasid in Pearl Gluck's "Where Is Joel Baum?" for which he received a Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Starz Denver International Film Festival. His subsequent role was a lead in Maxime Giroux's "Felix and Meira” (Toronto International Film Festival 2014 - Best Canadian Feature) opposite Hadas Yaron. It won him Best Actor prizes at both the Torino Film Festival and Amiens Film Festival.
MAXIME GIROUX, Director and Screenwriter
Maxime Giroux has directed several short films, including The Red ground and Days . These films have been screened at more than fifty festivals and have won fifteen international awards, including the Best Short Film at the Festival Toronto International Film and New Cinema Festival and the Genie 2007 Best Short Film . His first feature film , Tomorrow, was selected for competition in Turin and got special mention in Tübingen. His second feature , Jo pour Jonathan , was revealed in world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2010, before being presented in over forty festivals. Along the way , Jo for Jonathan won the Gilles Carle Best Film at the Rendez- vous du cinéma québécois , the price Quebec Association of Film Critics Best Film at the Festival du nouveau cinéma , price and Cinema City in Thessaloniki the award for best film at Gotham film Festival , and two best Actor for Raphaël Lacaille in Gotham and Whistler. In 2013, Maxime Giroux has directed the short film The Upside down . In 2014 , he finished his third feature film , Felix and Meira . The film won the Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival and is presented in official competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival. It is then presented in more than forty festivals where he won fifteen prizes. The film will be released in several countries including France , USA and Australia.
ALEXANDRE LAFERRIÈRE, Co-Screenwriter
Alexandre Laferrière is an author and screenwriter born in Montreal in 1973. He has written seven fiction screenplays, including feature length films Felix and Meira (Best Canadian Film at the TIFF 2014, Louve d’or Prize at the FNC 2014), Jo pour Jonathan (Quebec Association of Film Critics' Prize at the FNC 2010) and Rouge au Sol (Best Short Film at the 2007 Genie Awards), all selected in multiple international festivals. The author of three novels, he is currently involved with new literary, film and television projects.
SYLVAIN CORBEIL, Producer
Sylvain Corbeil was born in Montreal. After completing his graduate studies in cinema at Université du Québec à Montréal, he founded Metafilms inc with Pascal Bascaron and Nancy Grant in 2003. As of this day, he produced 16 short fiction films, many of them nominated or awarded with prestigious prizes such as the Jutra (3 times) and the CSC Award. He also produced 13 feature films. Elle veut le chaos (2008), Carcasses (2009), Curling (2010) Bestiaire (2012), Vic + Flo ont vu un ours (2013), Que ta joie demeure (2014), all directed by Denis Côté, have had prestigious careers around the world in film festivals (Quinzaine des réalisateurs de Cannes, Berlinale, Sundance, Busan, TIFF) or have won prizes (Silver Bear Award (Alfred Bauer) at Berlinale, Golden Leopard at Locarno International Film Festival), and so did Tromper le silence, by Julie Hivon 6 (2010), Nuit #1 by Anne Émond (2011), Laurentie by Simon Lavoie and Mathieu Denis (2011), Le Torrent by Simon Lavoie (2012) and Diego Star by Frédérick Pelletier (2013). Mommy by Xavier Dolan (2014) won the Jury Prize at the latest edition of Festival de Cannes and Maxime Giroux’s Félix et Meira won the Best Canadian Film during the 39th Toronto International Festival
NANCY GRANT, Producer
Nancy Grant became involved in film after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts specializing in psychology from McGill University in 2005. In 2006, she joined Metafilms inc. as a production coordinator and began producing in 2007. To this day, she has produced several award-winning short films and six feature films: Nuit #1 by Anne Émond (2011), Laurentie by Simon Lavoie and Mathieu Denis (2011), Le Torrent by Simon Lavoie (2012), Diego Star by Frédérick Pelletier (2013), Vic+ Flo ont vu un ours (2013) and Que ta joie demeure (2014) by Denis Côté. Many had prestigious careers around the world in film festivals (Sundance, Busan, TIFF) or have won prizes (Silver Bear Award (Alfred Bauer) at Berlinale, Best Canadian Film at Vancouver International Film Festival). Mommy by Xavier Dolan (2014) won the Jury Prize at the latest edition of Festival de Cannes and Maxime Giroux’s Félix et Meira won the Best Canadian Film during the 39th Toronto International Festival.