Cooksville filmmaker Katarzyna Kochany is the director of the new comedic short film Yes I Canada! – Submitted
A comedy with heart and told from an immigrant’s perspective.
It was an opportunity Cooksville filmmaker Katarzyna Kochany just couldn’t pass up.
Kochany is the director of the comedic short film >Yes I Canada! that follows an extremely enthusiastic young man hoping to become a permanent Canadian citizen. The film, which is just short of five minutes in length, was written and produced by Florian Francois, who also stars in it.
Kochany, a winner of the 2015 Marty Award in the Established Literary Arts category, was looking for others to collaborate with when she met Francois — who’s originally from France — through The Actors Place in Toronto. He had a funny monologue about a newcomer to Canada and all the work the character had to do to become a Canadian citizen that he wanted to adapt to film.
“It looks at something every immigrant has to go through — there’s a lot of hoops to jump through if you want to stay and there’s lots of paperwork and information to provide,” said Kochany, who immigrated to Canada from Poland as a youngster. “Florian takes it to the next level and makes it ridiculous and funny.”
The film, which had its première in December in Toronto as part of Tapfest, follows a recent immigrant heading into a meeting with a citizenship officer. He’s prepared, and some would say overly so, for his meeting with reams of notes, documents and other files to show his devotion to his, hopefully, new country.
There’s jokes about excessive Canadian politeness and one can’t help but laugh when he professes his love for hockey and the “Toronto Maple Syrups”. However, there’s a funny little twist as the film draws to a close.
>Yes I Canada! was filmed last fall in Toronto over the course of a day. Meanwhile, Kochany has a feeling the story will resonate with the multicultural citizenry of Mississauga, a place she described as both diverse and a city of immigrants.
Kochany is working on a new film project, a drama, that has been filmed mostly in Mississauga with a cast and crew of locals. She hopes to release it later this summer.
Posted with permission from Mississauga News
Source : http://canadianimmigrant.ca/entertainment/new-short-by-mississauga-director-a-funny-take-on-immigration-rigmarole