TORONTO, CANADA (TheBadgerCA) – It was a huge day for Sylvie DeLisse, the 34 year-old actor in the Canadian dramatic film “The Year the Moon Cried” as she approached the red carpet outside the Prince of Wales Theatre in Toronto for the 40th anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival. For DeLisse, it has been a long, hard road of dedication, sacrifice and hope that has brought her to this point. “It’s been a tough four years trying to get the film together. The production team struggled for two years to get funding and with successive Kickstarters (crowd-sourcing) and script adaptation to meet the budget, we finally got it together and have a final product that we’re really proud of. ‘Moon’ is a symbol of our struggle and eventual success.”
“The Year the Moon Cried” follows the story of a woman in Churchill, Manitoba where she befriends and falls in love with a man who lost one of his eyes in a hockey accident. The film was not accepted by the festival but DeLisse hit the red carpet anyway, on the other side of the barricade hoping to grab a picture of George Clooney. “It’s great that we have festivals like TIFF that bring the big stars of the industry here and let us as Canadian artists see what a real film industry is like. TIFF is able to consistently bring the vanity pieces of Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, which are usually garbage, and get tons of funding to get these stars here. Seriously, why would you put that money towards funding some stupid project made in Canada? I mean, our movie is okay, but it’s Brad-fucking Pitt! This is truly money well spent for the industry.”
TIFF continues until September 20th.