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Bounty Killer

International Premiere
  • USA
  • 2013
  • 90 mins
  • DCP
  • English
Hosted by Actors Christian Pitre and Barak Hardley

“Inventive and violent humor... a hell of a good time that never takes itself too seriously” - Bill Graham, TWITCHFILM

It’s already been twenty years since multinational conglomerates have taken control of the planet, their insatiable thirst for profits and power having led to the outbreak of a new world war. Known as the “Corporate Wars”, this global conflict has permanently altered the face of the earth. It is amidst the rubble of this annihilating darkness that the Council of the Nine Roses was born. Its sole objective: locate and eliminate every white collar responsible, whether directly or not, for the world’s destruction. The era of the bounty killers has begun. From cold-blooded assassins to homicidal amateurs, each and all is joining the competition to accumulate the most bodies and collect the ensuing bounties… big bounties. Their shared goal is to eradicate the cancer known as “Corporation”, the root of this apocalypse.

A hybrid of MAD MAX and DEATH PROOF, this post-apocalyptic action fest brings us back to the memorable movies of our youth. Like many great directors before him, Henry Saine chose to hand the leading role in a testosterone-filled action movie to a woman, Christian Pitre. Much like Sigourney Weaver, her screen-ripping charisma deftly mixes sexy with badass. She’s masterfully supported by Matthew Marsden and Barak Hardley, and together, they supply the important ingredients needed for a good action film: charm, violence and laughs. This humour, along with costumes, acting style and mise-en-scene, imbues BOUNTY KILLER with a comic-book vibe. Not looking to over-extend himself, Saine keeps his direction focused on entertaining us with his heartwarming, amusingly original characters. His obvious, palpable love for both his characters and genre cinema in general is very refreshing. BOUNTY KILLER should definitely be on your “do not miss” list at this year’s festival. To heighten your sense of anticipation, we invite you to seek out a copy of the film’s graphic-novel adaptation: 97 pages of pure delight that will help soothe your impatience until screening night!

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— Éric S. Boisvert