The Quebec filmmaker Kim Nguyen finished Friday shooting his next film, Two Lovers and A Bear, which took place largely in the far north of the Arctic cold. Back on set “demanding, but oh so magical.”
Working in the film industry for over 40 years, the producer Roger Frappier (Seducing Doctor Lewis) lived all kinds of adventures at the mercy of film sets he frequented. Despite all this baggage of experience, he said he had a “unique experience” going to spend a month in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
“The conditions were difficult with the extreme cold, but it’s been one of the finest shooting I have experienced for a long time, tells Roger Frappier in an interview to the Journal.
“By living in this setting ice for a month, everyone who worked on the film the feeling of having experienced something unique and special.” During the weeks in the Canadian North, director Kim Nguyen (Rebel) and his team faced a blizzard and temperatures in -30º every day.
“I would still we chose the right time to shoot the film, said Roger Frappier.
“In April there, the snow is still present, but the temperatures are starting to warm up a bit. If we had stayed one month earlier, we would have faced even colder temperatures. We had very cold anyway, but we were lucky in the circumstances. ”
Featuring the Canadian and American Tatiana Maslany Dane DeHaan (the Orphan Black series) (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Two Lovers and A Bear recounts the meeting between two broken souls in a small Northern city.
“It’s a love story that becomes almost psychedelic because of the setting in which it takes place, says director Kim Nguyen.
“I must say that everything exceeded my expectations for this shoot. Both actors were excellent and the images we shot were beautiful. It was not easy to shoot there, but we could have reproduced this decoration anywhere else. ”
As its title suggests, A Bear and Two Lovers (two lovers and a bear) also features a polar bear. A bear that producers brought in Vancouver and who shared many scenes with the actors of the film.
“We shot the scenes with the bear in Timmins, Ontario, because we could not make air travel to Nunavut, says Roger Frappier.
“We made sure not to put anyone in danger, but at times, the players were within six feet of the bear. What is rather amusing is that it is a polar bear that is not
accustomed to cold because he has spent his life in Vancouver. There is even a night we had to stop filming because the bear was too cold! ”
Two Lovers and A Bear will be in theaters in 2016