Patricia Chica’s award-winning feature debut has found a home. Deadline reports that Level 33 Entertainment nabbed rights to “Montréal Girls,” the Canadian-Salvadorean filmmaker’s drama about a Middle-Eastern medical school student and aspiring poet who moves to Montreal and befriends two young women who inspire him to reconsider his life path.
Written by Chica and Kamal John Iskander, the film premiered at San Jose’s Cinequest festival last August and took home the Best Feature Award at the Los Angeles International Film Festival in November, where it served as the fest’s closing night film.
Andreas Olavarria, president and CEO of Level 33 Entertainment, praised Chica’s “unique voice” which “seamlessly delivers emotion and entertainment value.”
Asked about the fact that there are three languages in “Montréal Girls” and if that was because she wanted to “add a multicultural feel” to the film, Chica said, “Absolutely, it was very important for us to stick to the characters and even the accents and the French, how they speak, the Arabic. The actors were cast for their culture and what they represented, and we wanted to have that diversity showcased in the film.”