Horror with a Conscience

(Above: Brigitte Poupart)

Les Affamés, an acclaimed 2017 French-Canadian zombie horror film with social commentary themes, premieres on Netflix today under its English title Ravenous.

The story takes place in a remote village in upstate Quebec where “locals are not the same anymore–their bodies are breaking down and they have turned against their loved ones. A handful of survivors goes hiding into the woods, looking for others like them.”

The film was named Best Canadian Feature at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and is now nominated for Best Picture and four other honors at the Canadian Screen Awards (CSA), taking place on Sunday, March 11.

“Even if I truly believe in mankind, I’m terrified when rage and hate get the best of us,” said the film’s writer/director Robin Aubert, who’s nominated for Best Director.  “Les Affamés echoes the current state in western societies. Making a zombie movie was my own personal way of expressing both my fears and hopes about what’s lying ahead of us.”

Brigitte Poupart is up for a Supporting Actress CSA  for playing Céline, described by The Hollywood Reporter as “a badass mama who knows how to swing an ax.” Les Affamés also stars Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Micheline Lanctôt, Charlotte St-Martin, Marie-Ginette Guay Luc Proulx and Édouard Tremblay-Grenier.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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