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Mardi Gras Film Festival Days of Happiness (Les Jours heureux)

20 February 2024

In the Playhouse


Australian Premiere | Canada | 2023 | French | Ages 15+ | Drama
Emma, a talented young conductor in Montreal is torn between pursuing her career under the watch of her overbearing father’s management, and embarking on a committed relationship with her cellist girlfriend. Directed by Chloé Robichaud.

Nuanced and moving French-Canadian drama

Emma is a talented up-and-coming conductor on the Montreal classical scene who faces the tough decision of sacrificing family and love for success in this emotionally captivating drama.

Managed by her overbearing father Patrick, she’s also navigating a new relationship with cellist and single mother Naelle. Caught in the conundrum of career versus love versus family, Emma must come to grips with her emotions and finally choose if she will follow the status quo or finally live by her own terms. 

Premiering at Toronto International Film Festival to wide acclaim and featuring gripping classical set pieces, comparisons to Tár are inevitable, but this is an entirely different telling of a lesbian conductor’s journey to self-realisation.

Screening as a special event during Queer Screen’s 31st Mardi Gras Film Festival.

Sydney Opera House and Queer Screen's 31st Mardi Gras Film Festival presents


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Cast and credits

Director Chloé Robichaud 
Producer Pierre Even
Writer Chloé Robichaud
Cast Sophie Desmarais, Sylvain Marcel, Nour Belkhiria

Film Type Narrative Feature
LGBTIQA+ Lesbian, Bisexual Women

About Queer Screen's 31st Mardi Gras Film Festival

Mardi Gras Film Festival is presented by Queer Screen. Their mission is a celebration of the diversity of sexualities and gender identities through queer storytelling on screen, by inclusive and respectful communities full of creativity, inspiration and pride. 

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