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88 minutes – Drama
Language: French, Anishnaabemowin
Festival release date:
Release date: TBA
Production company: Microclimat Films
Canadian distributor: MK2 Mile End

Mani, a master’s student, returns to the northern Quebec community where she grew up. As she deals with painful memories, she is determined to find a place for herself. She becomes involved in a debate surrounding a referendum aimed at allowing the free sale of alcohol on the reserve. Laura, a trafficker, pockets the profits under the protection of the band council and Raymond, her husband. He remains angry with Mani and holds her responsible for the death of his daughter in a fire. Two radically opposed women quickly divide the Indigenous community into two sides who must come face to face to determine the best path to independence. Shot in French and Anishnaabemowin, Bootlegger is Caroline Monnet’s first lull length feature film. It won the Best Screenplay Award at the “Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) et la Cinéfondation” held during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

In late April 2021 it was announced that the film had been selected for the FIRST LOOK – USA 2021 program, organized by Telefilm Canada and the Trade Commissioner Service of the Consulates General of Canada in New York and Los Angeles from May 13 to 19.



Catherine Chagnon

Executive Producer:

Pierre Even

Associate Producer:

Sheldon McGregor


Caroline Monnet


Caroline Monnet
Daniel Watchorn


Nicolas Canniccioni


Aube Foglia


Tanya Tagaq
Jean Martin

Production Designer:

Louisa Schabas

Costume Designer:

Eric Poirier

Cast: Roles:

Pascale Bussières
Devery Jacobs
Jacques Newashish
Dominique Pétin
Joséphine Bacon
C. S. Gilbert Crazy Horse
Charles Bender
Brigitte Poupart