Private Project

Three Days Till Marrakesh

Christopher and Amanda are two millennials working at the information desk of a shopping mall. Their mundane day-to-day becomes shrouded in ambiguity when Christopher starts noticing what may or may not be signs of affection. As communications break down, an otherwise normal situation becomes a window into their shared predicament.

  • Gabriel J. Lemay
  • Gabriel J. Lemay
  • Macha Houssart
  • Gabriel J. Lemay
  • Rafael Poggetti
    Key Cast
  • Marjorie Gauvin
    Key Cast
  • Alexandre Nour
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    16 minutes 59 seconds
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    December 15, 2018
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  • Cinema on the Bayou
    United States
    January 23, 2020
    International Premier
Director Biography - Gabriel J. Lemay

Born in 1992 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, of a business teacher mother and orthodontist father, both great sportspeople, the elder of three had a fertile imagination and constantly reinvented the world surrounding him. This is what mainly characterized his youth. For him, films unavoidably became a passion. Very early on, he found usefulness in his creative potential. Along with music among others, he discovered himself through different artistic mediums. The way to follow had defined itself. Even if nothing could then ever really go beyond the backyard, the playroom, and the drawing table, the boy couldn’t be stopped as he’d escape all day.

The alternative rock act with experimental tendencies Whale Street is what took the bigger part of his time from 2009 on in parallel with rewarding college studies in theatre. The band for which he was the drummer made him travel and live some of his most creative experiences to date. After a series of regional and national contests won, as well as the release of the album Prémisses, the flame went out for them. The young man found an opportunity to begin university studies in film production at the Concordia University Mel Oppenheim School of Cinema which he finished in the spring of 2016.

This period was for him one of the most fecund. He directed a multitude of short films and interdisciplinary projects, in addition to writing, and acting. His work was shown in every corner of the province, elsewhere in Canada, and finally internationally. His first substantial directing experiences will only have deepened his understanding of the value of the actor on screen. In the end, his years of stage performance will have served him in his apprehension of the seventh art.

Today, his efforts are concentrated on the development of a new cinema, as much in front of the camera as behind it, be it as director, screenwriter, or producer, with an occasional passage in the world of music. To bring characters to life in the larger perspective of building an artwork in all of the task’s whole complexity and beauty, in various ways corresponding to a different original context, is all he aspires to.

His process has been qualified as "honest", "cathartic", and "edifying", sometimes characterized by a luminous aspect, other times by a darker one, but always described as staging situations of vulnerable protagonists with the world on their shoulders, lost in it, and seeking to be heard. Three Days Till Marrakesh, completed in December 2018, is his professional directorial debut.

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