Sarah Prefers to Run (Sarah préfère la course)

Thursday, March 20
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1hr 37mins // directed by:Chloé Robichaud // featuring:Sophie Desmarais

Sarah is a gifted young middle-distance runner. Her life changes when she’s offered admission to Quebec’s best university athletics program, in Montreal – far from her suburban Quebec City home.

Sarah doesn’t have her mother’s financial support for the move, or any support at all: her mother worries that leaving will be bad for Sarah’s health and life. But Sarah is stubborn, and moves to Montreal anyway, with her friend Antoine. Though barely out of their teens, they get married because they want the best scholarships and loans. Marriage turns out to be completely different from what the naïve 20-year-olds expected. Sarah doesn’t want to hurt anyone with the choices she makes, it’s just that she loves running more than anything else.

The film premiered at Festival de Cannes in the Un Certain Regard category in May 2013 and has since received international praise and numerous awards.

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